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The Morning Briefing: Oops, They Did It Again and Much, Much More

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announces a new Clergy Abuse Hotline his office is launching as he addressed a press conference at his office in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Good Thursday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president delivers remarks at the 2019 National Prayer Breakfast
  • The president receives his intelligence briefing
  • The president has lunch with the secretary of State
  • The president participates in the National Security Presidential Memorandum Signing to Launch the “Women’s Global Development and Prosperity” Initiative

Will the last Democrat politician in Virginia without a blackface picture please turn out the lights?

In the ’80s, the thing to do in Virginia was take pictures in blackface apparently.

Yesterday, we learned that the Democrat attorney general of Virginia, Mark Herring, wore blackface at a party in 1980. We learned this after he called for Democrat Governor Ralph Northam to step down from office because *he* appeared in blackface (or in a KKK outfit) in his medical school yearbook. Northam initially admitted the blackface picture was him but subsequently changed his mind and currently denies he is the blackface on the page bearing his name in his medical school yearbook.

The man who’s second in line to become Virginia’s governor on Wednesday admitted that he too has worn blackface — just days after he called on Gov. Ralph Northam to resign for the same thing.

Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring on Saturday declared, “It is no longer possible for Governor Northam to lead our commonwealth, and it is time for him to step down.”

But on Wednesday, he issued a statement saying he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 when dressing up as a black rapper during a party when he was a student at the University of Virginia.

“In 1980, when I was a 19-year-old undergraduate in college, some friends suggested we attend a party dressed like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurtis Blow, and perform a song. It sounds ridiculous even now writing it,” Herring said.

“But because of our ignorance and glib attitudes — and because we did not have an appreciation for the experiences and perspectives of others — we dressed up and put on wigs and brown makeup.”

“Wore brown make up?” Interesting way of putting it. Does anyone think that either one of these jokers, Northam or Herring, would be accorded any courtesy by the media if they were Republicans? No. There would be special theme songs on cable and network news, there would be special graphics, there would be people interviewing every person that ever went to school with these blackfacers. The media would be parked outside their residences, following relatives around, going through trash. There would be confrontations by angry activists captured on video. Think of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing as a paradigm. Why aren’t we seeing this?

Now Herring is 2nd in line to take over from the blackface governor. So who is the first in line? I’m glad you asked because….

VA Democrat Lt. Gov. accused of sexual assault

Crazy, right? We have the top three (Democrat) executives of Virginia all embroiled in some serious scandals.

Vanessa Tyson, the college professor who accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault in 2004, issued a lengthy statement Wednesday detailing the alleged incident.

“With tremendous anguish, I am now sharing this information about my experience and setting the record straight,” she wrote. “It has been extremely difficult to relive that traumatic experience from 2004. Mr. Fairfax has tried to brand me as a liar to a national audience, in service to his political ambitions, and has threatened litigation. Given his false assertions, I’m compelled to make clear what happened.”

Dr. Tyson, and she is a DOCTOR, just like DOCTOR BLOWSEY of Kavanaugh fame is a DOCTOR. SURVIVOR & DOCTOR Tyson is no slouch in the credential department, writes Politico. SURVIVOR & DOCTOR Tyson is “a political science professor at Scripps College and visiting fellow at Stanford University.”

Many of the major Democratic candidates for president were quick to condemn Northam over his blackface getup but pointedly refused to comment on the allegations against Fairfax, the only statewide elected African-American Democrat. Tyson, too, is African-American.

Tyson released her statement through the Washington law firm Katz, Marshall and Banks, which lists sexual harassment law as one of its areas of expertise and represented Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of assaulting her when the two were in high school. Ford’s accusations led Democrats to proclaim the need to “believe the woman.”

Where are we in this intersectional polka dance? Believe all women?!? Maybe not, if they are accusing the wrong kind of person. Or maybe there is something different about this accuser. It sure looks that way.

Over at Bearing Drift, Stephen Spiker games out who is next up to bat for Virginia’s leadership.

Now who is dropping this oppo on the VA Dems? After all these years and campaigns, why is this info coming out now? Cui bono?

Related:

Sadness, disbelief and disgust: Virginia politics plunges deeper into chaos as Dems worry

Virginia thrown into chaos over blackface, sexual assault scandals

Uh oh! Aides say Virginia Democrat knew about sexual assault allegation against lt. governor

Al Sharpton calls for Virginia AG to resign over blackface

Historical picture of the day:

Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, brought his campaign to Daytona Beach, Florida on Saturday, Feb. 7, 1976, and made a point a she answered a question by a newsman before he spoke at the Florida Jaycees Winter Conference on Saturday. (AP Photo)

Your daily WTF:

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Sen. Sasse Launches Investigation Into DOJ Handling Of Epstein Case

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Indeed. FACT CHECK: Did Dianne Feinstein Say It’s Legal To Hunt Humans With 30-Round Magazines?

House Dems defy Trump on Yemen and Saudi Arabia

Feds have turned this small border city into a ‘war zone’: officials

Ozzy Osbourne hospitalized after flu complications

Paul Erickson, boyfriend of alleged Russian spy Maria Butina, indicted on fraud charges

Images suggest Iran launched satellite despite US criticism

Reported anti-Semitic incidents hit record high in UK — charity

AWFUL. Milwaukee police officer killed marking the city’s 3rd officer death in 8 months

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!