Good rea­sons to chuckle

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It’s not of­ten you get to re­ally laugh at pol­i­tics. But thanks to a bunch of self­ex­plod­ing Democrats in Vir­ginia and Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren, Repub­li­cans had some good chuck­les this week.

Since the midterm elec­tions last fall, Repub­li­cans have been down in the dumps and Democrats have been rid­ing high and mighty.

Demo­crat lead­ers spent Jan­uary gloating about re­tak­ing con­trol of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, com­ing up with 152 ways to im­peach Pres­i­dent Trump and voic­ing sup­port for the dumb leg­isla­tive ideas of their star rookie so­cial­ist, Rep. Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez of NYC.

Rep. Adam Schiff, my South­ern Cal­i­for­nia con­gress­man, has promised ev­ery cam­era he’s looked into since last Novem­ber that his House com­mit­tee was go­ing to spend the next two years in­ves­ti­gat­ing sev­eral decades of Don­ald Trump’s busi­ness records, tax re­turns and, if nec­es­sary, his golf scores.

But this week, as Pres­i­dent Trump de­liv­ered a great State of the Union speech, the Democrats got knocked down off their high moral horse by a series of scan­dals in­volv­ing the per­sonal and moral fail­ings of their guys run­ning the state of Vir­ginia.

First to top­ple was Gov. Ralph Northam, a pe­di­a­tri­cian who had al­ready re­cently shocked much of the coun­try by ad­vo­cat­ing the abor­tion of a full-term in­fant with de­for­mi­ties af­ter it was born.

That Dr. Men­gele-like po­si­tion brought calls from the pro-life com­mu­nity for him to re­sign, but he didn’t, and he got a pre­dictable free pass from pro-abor­tion Democrats and the lib­eral me­dia.

What re­ally got Gov. Northam in deep trou­ble with his own party hap­pened a few days later, when un­flat­ter­ing pic­tures of him sur­faced from a 1984 med­i­cal school year book.

Gov. Northam was seen ei­ther in black­face or wear­ing a KKK hood. No one — in­clud­ing him — was sure which per­son he was.

He ended up deny­ing it was him in ei­ther racist cos­tume, but then con­fessed at a bizarre press con­fer­ence that he once wore black­face as part of a Michael Jack­son impersonation — and even of­fered to per­form a “moon­walk” for re­porters to prove it.

While Repub­li­cans chuck­led at the an­tics of the Democrats of Vir­ginia, and al­most ev­ery­one in his own party clam­ored for Gov. Northam to re­sign, we learned that Lt. Gov. Justin Fair­fax, the next in suc­ces­sion, was in even more se­ri­ous trou­ble.

A pro­fes­sor from South­ern Cal­i­for­nia had pub­licly, graph­i­cally and cred­i­bly al­leged that Lt. Gov. Fair­fax vi­o­lently sex­u­ally as­saulted her at the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion in Bos­ton in 2004.

Whoops. A lib­eral chicken had come home to roost in the new Demo­crat Party.

In the post-Judge Ka­vanaugh era, where lib­er­als have de­clared that sex­ual as­sault vic­tims are al­ways to be be­lieved, that means Fair­fax is al­most cer­tainly a goner, no mat­ter how strongly he de­nies the woman’s al­le­ga­tion.

That leaves Demo­crat At­tor­ney Gen­eral Mark Her­ring next in line to be­come Vir­ginia’s gover­nor, but Her­ring is also in trou­ble with his party be­cause he too has ad­mit­ted that he put on black­face to im­per­son­ate a rap­per while at the Uni­ver­sity of Vir­ginia in 1980.

We don’t know yet if one or all of the tar­nished Democrats will be forced to re­sign.

It’s not some­thing their party wants to see hap­pen, no mat­ter how guilty they all may be, be­cause if they all go, a Repub­li­can — state House Speaker Kirk Cox — would be­come gover­nor of Vir­ginia.

It’s no joke, but it’d be re­ally funny if it came true.

Cox is fourth in the line of suc­ces­sion only be­cause a name was drawn out of a bowl to set­tle a tied state House race last fall, and that’s what gave Repub­li­cans con­trol of Vir­ginia’s House.

As if the Vir­gini­ans didn’t do enough dam­age to the Demo­crat Party this week, Se­na­tor El­iz­a­beth War­ren also did her part.

The fake Na­tive Amer­i­can who wants to be­come pres­i­dent had to apol­o­gize be­cause she was caught ly­ing about her her­itage — again — af­ter the Washington Post pub­lished a copy of a regis­tra­tion card she signed in 1986 for ad­mit­tance to the Texas bar on which she iden­ti­fied her race as “Amer­i­can In­dian.”

As I said, it was a great week to just sit back and laugh.

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