What does this remind you of?
The Democrats in Virginia have a problem.
The refusal by Ralph Northam, the Democratic governor of Virginia, to resign after the revelation of a racist photograph is threatening his party’s political fortunes in Virginia, where Democrats are on the brink of consolidating power after a decade-long rise in the once-conservative state.
...Mr. Northam’s troubles began on Friday with the surfacing of a photograph on his medical school yearbook page, which showed a person in blackface posing with another in a Ku Klux Klan robe. The governor at first acknowledged that he was one of the figures in the image, and then denied it on Saturday, all while drawing widespread calls for his resignation.
Hmmm. A badly flawed, corporate Democrat that the establishment pushed through in order to keep a progressive out, is now threatening to bring down the entire party. Why does that sound familiar?
Looks like Bernie Sanders was right after all... pic.twitter.com/yK5Dcgoam5
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) February 2, 2019
Perriello did not do well in the Democratic strongholds of northern Virginia and Richmond. But his progressive ideas did win over the more rural parts of the state. He isn’t shy in his feelings about Trump nor in the idea that his approach to Trump voters should help shape the Democratic Party going into the midterm elections next year and the presidential race in 2020.
“It was very important for Democrats not to just address Trump, but the forces that gave rise to Trump in the first place,” he told us early in the podcast.
Yeh, I can see why the establishment decided to crush him. He had dangerous ideas.
People forget that while the Democratic establishment did a victory lap after defeating Perriello, progressives were getting fed up with Northam.
The true rationale for these progressive punches can be traced back to the summer. Shocked by Perriello’s loss, members of the left have been looking for revenge against Northam, the same way a handful of Sanders supporters sought to make trouble for Clinton after she clinched the nomination.
Comments like these look very ironic now.
But why Northam?
Over the weekend, Mr. Northam angered progressive Democrats by suggesting he would work with Republicans to design a new cost-saving Medicaid program rather than pushing to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, long a Democratic priority. The governor-elect was fiercely attacked by liberals, including Tom Perriello, a former Virginia congressman, who wrote on Twitter, “Blocking Medicaid expansion was a major reason so many Republicans lost their House seats in VA this year.”
Oh. Now it's clear.