If there’s one thing that Republicans can learn from Democrats, it’s how to frame an argument — or perhaps more precisely, how to effectually distract away from an important core issue to a more benign political narrative.
The core issue that cleverly got put on the sidelines was the issue of late-term-abortion and the outrageous remarks made by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam who stated:
“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
The Governor was, in essence, discussing “infanticide.” The killing of a newborn baby after the mother has given birth…
Remarkably a day after making those remarks Northam doubled down defending his position saying “I don’t have any regrets.”
Adding, “I’m a physician. I’m also the governor. But when I’m asked questions, a lot of times it is put in the context of being a physician — realizing how we approach, how we manage patients, how we offer advice and counseling,” he said at a press conference. “So, no, I don’t have any regrets.”
Northam’s comments provoked a backlash from conservative lawmakers, including Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who accused him of defending infanticide.
Moreover, the furor over the bill that would allow abortions up to the moment of delivery, introduced by Kathy Tran (D-Fairfax), revealed just how far Democrats would go regarding late-term abortions.
Remarkably when Democrats were asked to respond to Northam’s comments, all pleaded ignorance, most asserting they didn’t hear what he had said.
Then came the timely disclosure of a 1980’s medical yearbook in which Northam may have appeared in blackface or dressed in a white sheet and hood, depicting the KKK.
And suddenly the narrative changed regarding late-term abortion; Democrats were outraged, the media, of course, jumped on the bandwagon, ignoring the more important issue, for a more palatable topic, regarding race (a favorite Democratic talking-point).
As for Northam, he was certainly expendable, someone who could easily be thrown under the bus for appearing in a racist 30-year old photo. Becoming the perfect foil, a bubbling idiot, who admitted to impersonating Michael Jackson and then publicly announcing to the media he could also “moonwalk.”
His refusal to resign while outwardly frustrating to Democrats, actually served a dual purpose, in that the longer Northam attempted to rehabilitate himself in front of the media. The longer he stayed in the limelight, the less the topic of abortion was discussed. All of which played nicely in distracting away from the issue.
Although the topic of racism is always a favorite talking point for Democrats, the fact that a Democrat was being accused of racism needed to change, thus the media’s attempt to somehow tie together the issue blackface and the wearing of MAGA hats needed to be created.
And who better to create a fake news article then Los Angeles Times leftist columnist Robin Abcarian.
Abcarian decided to link a recent news story involving individuals wearing MAGA hats, calling her op-ed piece “MAGA Hats Are like Wearing Blackface.”
Implying within her article, that wearing President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) campaign hat, is the moral equivalent of wearing racist blackface.
Though Abcarian admits that the MAGA hat is “not necessarily an overt expression of racism,” she claims that it is nonetheless “a pretty good indication that you share, admires or appreciate President Trump’s racist views about Mexicans, Muslims and border wall funding.
Thus the real issue of an American governor promoting the concept of infanticide, the willful killing of a newborn baby is pushed aside, in favor of identity politics.