February 4, 2019 | Reading Time: 4 minutes
The Parties Are Different
Ralph Northam proves it.
I wouldn’t normally bother reporting anything Joe Lieberman says. He’s a vestige of the “centrist” era in Democratic Party history. If anyone is irrelevant to today’s liberal advancements, it’s Lieberman. Even so, he said something worth fleshing out.
CNN’s Jim Sciutto asked him for his thoughts on Ralph Northam, the Democratic governor of Virginia. Late Friday, a Republican-backed website posted an image of a page from Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook. Next to pictures of Northam is another featuring a person dressed in Klan regalia and a person in blackface.
Within a day, Northam was isolated.
National Democrats called on him to resign. Democrats in Virginia’s congressional delegation followed suit. The black caucus of the state legislature, the backbone of Northam’s coalition, demanded he step down. Virtually every Democrat wants him out. Yet Northam remains in office. He says that it’s not him in the picture.
“I think there’s a rush to judgment that’s unfair,” Lieberman said. He suggested that the Democratic Party’s approach the blackface/KKK controversy with mercy in their hearts until Northam is proven guilty. Lieberman added that the governor should be judged in the context of his whole life. “He deserves a chance to prove what’s really in his essence, not to rush him out of office, unfortunately, for political reasons.”
This is the kind of thing that drove liberal Democrats insane. Whenever an issue had a clear right and wrong, Lieberman would say it’s all politics. Whenever an issue was purely political, he’d say it’s about morality. Lieberman would play both sides against the middle, as they say, precisely where he liked to reside. The Washington press corps, in thrall to the fiction of “centrism,” would go along. As I said, maddening.