The Editorial Board of the Washington Post recently glamorized Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam’s supposed comeback from the “political dead”.
For those with short-term memory, Ralph “Blackface” Northam was embroiled in a scandal dealing with a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page earlier in February.
Many thought this would be a death blow to his political career, but they ended up proven wrong in the last few months.
The Post noted that “THE HISTORY of U.S. politics is full of second chances — of scandal-scarred, disgraced and irredeemable public figures staging improbable comebacks — but few back-from-the-dead narratives have been as swift and sure-footed as the one Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has managed this year.”
Additionally, the Post also detailed how Northam was able to take advantage of “potential Democratic successors were quickly enmeshed in their own scandals, which shifted the spotlight and forced his party to consider whether it would prefer a Republican governor. (It wouldn’t.) It helped that Virginia Republicans, rarely bothered by President Trump’s race-baiting, lack any credibility to criticize Mr. Northam, a former lawmaker whose record on race was strong before he was elected governor in 2017.”
Not only has Northam refused to resign, but his party came out victorious in recent elections for the state legislature, thus securing a trifecta in the state government. A whole host of legislation from gun control to the outlawing of single-family zoning in suburbs is now on the legislative deck thanks to Democrats’ strong showing in recent elections.
Since his political “restoration”, Northam is allegedly refocusing his “his governorship on racial equity and reconciliation in what amounted to an extended act of public contrition and atonement.”
Clearly, Northam is pandering to a minority base that has been a reliable bloc vote for Democrats during the last 50 years.
Several lessons can be learned from this incident:
The Right must be willing to protect its own, even when the media tries to manufacture an outrage against certain individuals who are deemed too “controversial.” The Heritage Foundation’s firing of Jason Richwine for his remarks about mass migration trends is a textbook example of the behavior the Right should avoid.
With the Left dominating so many institutions and importing a new electorate via post-1965 migration policy, the Right cannot afford to purge its own during these times.
Last but certainly not least, the Right will have to get a handle on mass migration so that it can actually remain competitive and be able to unseat bad incumbents such as Ralph Northam.
When Democrat politicians like Northam can basically import a new electorate at will, they will govern as they please knowing that there will be no real opposition that could actually unseat them come election time.
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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