The fact that Northam, a Democrat, has not yet resigned is a lesson learned from Trump: If you don’t resign and stare down the public outrage, chances are the news cycle will move on and you just might survive.
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) February 6, 2019
If you want to be extremely cold about it, the choice for Democrats is: Handing over power to Republicans, in a redistricting cycle, because of scandals dating from 1984, 2004, and 1980.
They'll eat a few more bad news cycles before they do that. https://t.co/7ALzZ7nBcU
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) February 6, 2019
Among the things I remember least fondly about working on a Michigan state college campus in the early 1980s was the ongoing brushfire of “ironic” racist cosplay by milkfed frat bros and frat-wannabes newly empowered under President Reagan’s “states rights” backlash. It was the dawning of the “If hip-hop artists can use the n-word on the radio”… victimization-claiming, when every heir to a suburban car dealership or autoworker’s son fearful he wasn’t going to step into the kind of guaranteed-for-life sinecure as his old man gleefully translated Ronnie’s “Morning in America” campaign the same way they’d applaud Trump’s “MAGA” warcry a generation later. Yeah, the fact that a lot of college men in Virginia during the same period didn’t see anything wrong with blackface surprises me… well, as much as it would surprise me to discover that some of those same young men indulged in underage drinking, Brett.
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