Virginia Democrat Governor Ralph Northam, or "Coonman," as he apparently was known around campus, ought to do us all a favor and resign. But he probably won't. And he shouldn't be forced to by talking heads or big mouth national politicians with no connection to Virginia.

Governor Coonman is a repugnant person who first admitted to appearing in a racist yearbook photo and then denied it. He later admitted to having worn blackface earlier the same year and was even tempted to show us his moonwalk moves before being discouraged by his wife, who had the brains to understand that it just was not the right moment.

It's almost amusing by comparison to recall what happened to NBC's Meghan Kelly when she suggested that wearing blackface as part of a child's Halloween costume might not be so bad. Or how about Bret Kavanaugh, who was almost destroyed by Democrats for drinking beer and farting 35 years ago in college? The morality police can be a little self-righteous when it suits their cause and rather forgiving when it doesn't.

Northam is a disgusting person not only because he is a racist but because he also openly advocates for murdering newborn children. That makes him evil as well as disgusting.

But Joe Biden has no business commenting on Northam's "moral leadership" after his 2007 assessment of Barrack Obama.

"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man," Biden said.

Politicians from across the spectrum will or have called on Northam to resign. Most do so to boost their own political stock. It's easy to kick a guy when he's down, especially if he is disgusting and evil. Others have used this occasion to call President Trump a racist and blame him for Northam's problems. Oh yeah, that's a real thing.

The people of Virginia elected Coonman and now it's up to them to decide what to do with him. As repugnant, disgusting and evil as some might think Northam is—and he is—his fate should be decided by the people of Virginia and not someone on cable TV, Joe Biden or some entertainer.

What Virginia does with Ralph Northam will speak volumes about them and the state of race relations in Virginia.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. 

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