Douglas Wilder slams Terry McAuliffe for marginalizing black candidates. McAuliffe, as you may know, campaigned with Ralph Northam and Mark Herrin. Tensions began to rise as McAuliffe discovered that both Northam and Herrin had worn “blackface” in their college days. In 2019 McAuliffe originally called for Northam’s resignation. The tides had turned two years later when he stated he was “honored” to have Northam endorse him.
Wilder was the first African American governor of any state in the United States since Reconstruction and the first African American Governor of Virginia. Wilder was appalled to hear of McAuliffe’s quick change in opinion of Northam by saying, “The people of Virginia have not forgotten. They are not stupid. They are not fooled. They are not being hoodwinked.” Wilder had also seen his fair share of changing sides when he endorsed McAuliffe in 2013 and spoke against the “blackface” controversy a short time later. Now Wilder is back at it.
It isn’t the first time McAuliffe has flipped his position. McAuliffe toasted Donald Trump at the National Governors Association in 2017 and today runs ad campaigns blasting Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin for supporting former President Trump. McAuliffe has also accepted a $25,000 campaign contribution from Trump.
Wilder is seemingly pushing for an African American Governor over any other qualification. He wrote on Twitter, “This year’s Democratic primary field consisted of several African American candidates; for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General. Not ONE of them was selected by the voters. It would be easy to allege racism, but that would be wrong; this result was foreseen. I have consistently pointed to the lack of leadership.” Wilder couldn’t be more correct on that one. McAuliffe has shown himself to be unreliable to the people of the great state of Virginia.
When having the American people seen enough pandering, the question that should be asked is when is a change of opinion acceptable? When a mistake is made and then corrected, it should come with acceptance. It should be tolerable. But when it becomes the flavor of the week, the voting booths should reflect the inconsistency. It’s too easy to grab the quickstep ahead, but it wouldn’t be so easy if it landed you two steps back. To put thought into who you endorsed or the policies you enact will bring the voters back for more.
We’ve seen quite a few examples of apologies lately, notably Jeffrey Toobin. He was caught pleasuring himself on a Zoom conference call with CNN staffers. Toobin claimed that he thought his camera and sound were switched off, but they weren’t. It looks to be a genuine error, and Toobin accepted responsibility for the situation. I highly doubt we’ll see that mistake happen again, but if we don’t, how far can apologies and taking responsibility be taken seriously?