I have refrained from commenting on the ongoing political disaster proceeding in Virginia and I plan to continue my forebearance. It’s none of my business. I will, however, point out some good observations by David A. Graham at Atlantic:
Virginia has styled itself as a moderate, even at times progressive Upper South state—far away from the social conservatism of the Deep South—in part thanks to the Democratic tilt of Northern Virginia. Democrats have disavowed the white supremacy of Harry Byrd, once the dominant politician in the state. Yet race has been a central issue in Virginia’s recent elections. The white-supremacist march in Charlottesville in August 2017 is an obvious spark point, but the march also showed the strength of racism still within the state, and helped bring out other elements. Corey Stewart, a Republican who espouses a neo-Confederate platform, unsuccessfully ran for the gubernatorial nomination in 2017, losing to Ed Gillespie but driving Gillespie to defend Confederate monuments. Gillespie lost. Stewart won the U.S. Senate nomination in 2018, and was routed by Senator Tim Kaine.
If those elections showed that Virginia still has a very real race problem, the past week has shown that it is not confined to the Republican Party.
Then he goes off the rails. I attribute that to making sweeping generalizations based on limited and inadequate experience.
I will only add this. You cannot determine an individual’s character solely based on the letter that follows his or her name. That the Virginia Democratic Party did not exercise due diligence is incontrovertible. You determine the level of due diligence required in the same way that you decide whether there’s enough light in the reading room. When there’s enough light to read, it’s enough. When easily discovered but disqualifying facts are being discovered, you haven’t done enough.