Let’s see if we have this right:
Ralph Northam, the governor of Virginia, says he’s sorry he either put on a KKK outfit or showed up in a picture on his medical school yearbook page in blackface … wait … before he said the very next day, Never mind, I made a boo-boo, it wasn’t me.
Everybody this side of Pluto wants him to resign even if he’s now telling the truth and wasn’t in the picture. I want him to resign because he’s an idiot.
Then we have the next in line should the governor take a long walk on a short pier – the lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax … who stands accused of sexually assaulting a woman, a college professor, in 2004 during the Democratic National Convention.
He denies it, says what happened was consensual. But when he pretty much called her a liar, she issued a statement. “What began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault,” she says, adding that he forced her to perform oral sex on him despite her struggles against his doing so.
Remember when we were told we have to believe women when they make such charges. Funny thing, but most of the people who were lecturing us – the ones who oh so solemnly told the world they believed Christine Blasey Ford when she said Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school – don’t want to talk about the allegations against the lieutenant governor.
Howard Schultz as you surely know is the guy who became a billionaire selling over-priced lattes to millions of Americans at the company he turned into an international brand, Starbucks. Mr. Schultz is seriously toying with the idea of running for president as an independent. He thinks Americans are tired of polarization, tired of both Democrats and Republicans, and yearn for someone like him, pretty much liberal on social issues conservative on economic issues, someone who he says won’t be influenced by special interests.
If you want Donald Trump in the White House for two terms, pray that Howard Schultz decides to run.
If he does, he’ll be a factor only in blue states. He’ll split the Democratic vote. He can call himself an independent all he wants, but everyone knows he’s a progressive independent. That spells doom for the Democrat nominee.
But wait, you might say Ross Perot ran as an independent and hurt George H.W. Bush, not Bill Clinton. Yes, but that’s because Perot was more Republican than Democrat, no matter how many times he called himself an independent.
Schultz’ candidacy is a long way from a sure thing. Democrats – and Never Trumpers – will beseech him not to run. They’ll tell him if he does, he’ll elect a man they and he detest. They’ll tell him he doesn’t stand a chance to actually win.
He may take their advice. Or he may not.
Going back to the column I was going to write, if it’s a race between Donald Trump and almost anybody there’s a good chance almost anybody would win. Enough Americans who voted for Mr. Trump the first time around, either because they wanted to give a brash billionaire who was different from every other politician a chance, or because they flat out loathed Hillary Clinton, may very well have grown weary of the non-stop chaos and controversy of his presidency.
And if the Democrats muster the courage to put a moderate (relatively speaking) like Joe Biden at the top of their ticket, I’d bet the ranch Donald Trump would lose. But again, I don’t think he’d even run if he thought he didn’t have a good chance of winning. Why go out a loser when he could tell himself and his fans that he’s the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln, if not greater?
So if you want Donald Trump to run and win a second term, put your money where you mouth is. Contribute to the campaign. The Howard Schultz campaign
It’s hypocritical, of course, but also understandable. Mr. Fairfax is black and having a (second) black governor in Richmond, Virginia — the capital of the Old Confederacy –would be quite a notch in the liberal/progressive belt. (Doug Wilder was the first.) Apparently, some allegations of sexual assault, credible as they may be, are worth ignoring.
And the third in line to the governorship, Mark Herring, the attorney general, who just a few days ago said the governor must resign, has announced that he too put on blackface at a party in 1980.
Is this a Mel Brooks movie or what?
The fourth in line is the speaker of the Virginia House. Guess what? He’s a Republican.
Stand by as Chris Matthews or Don Lemon or some other left-wing knucklehead comes to the conclusion that it’s all a Machiavellian Republican plot to install one of their own in the governor’s mansion.
And what are the odds that before this is over some conspiratorial progressive at the New York Times will blame Donald Trump for the mess in Virginia? I’m serious: What are the odds?
Alert: By the time you read this everyone involved may have resigned — and we may learn that the Republican Speaker of the House is Vladimir Putin’s brother-in-law. Hey, it’s possible!