Kathleen Parker: Yearbook politics

Return To Article

Commenting has temporarily been suspended in preparation for our new website launch, which is planned for the week of August 12th. When the new site goes live, we will also launch our new commenting platform. Thank you for your patience while we make these changes.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 4:44 a.m.

    The Virginia ordeal illustrates the fact that we do not have a lot of high quality and high character people entering the business of politics.

    America is the land of opportunity and the best and brightest are finding plenty of lucrative and fulfilling opportunities elsewhere in the American economy

  • 100MillionDead RU, 00
    Feb. 8, 2019 2:18 p.m.

    From the editorial:

    "Klansmen were and are terrorists who murdered, raped and lynched African-Americans and burned communities during a reign of terror that affected multiple generations. "

    Klansman were Democrats that also murdered over a thousand white Republicans.

    Also, there is a big difference between a young man in high school who is not yet an adult, and a young man in graduate school who picked his own picture and is an adult, who ran ads saying his opponent was a racist. Northam is a hypocrite.

  • Traveller Farmington, UT
    Feb. 8, 2019 1:57 p.m.

    Whale of Fortune is correct. The yearbook is in the public limelight precisely because Governor Northam went on the radio and endorsed infanticide in his defense of a proposed pro-abortion Virginia law then under debate (which did not pass). A former classmate was horrified with what he was hearing and pulled out the yearbook photo.

    If Gov. Northam had not acted like an abortion rights extremist on the radio the contents of his yearbook would still be unknown to the public.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    Feb. 8, 2019 10:55 a.m.

    @ Copybook Headings

    Your counter fails to acknowledge two facts:

    1) I don't (and didn't) condone Clinton's behavior. IMO, he sullied the office, both with the act and lying about it; and

    2) Clinton was impeached AND he lost his bar license. Not nearly enough of a consequence, IMO, but Kavanaugh? The guy was appointed to the highest court of the land! In other words, the people who are so faux-outraged about Clinton LOWERED the standard more for the guy from their tribe. That'll teach 'em!!

    Let's face it: This country has a history of letting powerful and/or rich guys off the hook and, in far too many instances, REWARDING them for poor behavior. IMO, we need to stop harming our males with such low expectations. I think they're better than what we've allowed them to be.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Feb. 8, 2019 8:28 a.m.

    Although I am very against Governor Northam's abortion opinions and policies, as well as likely many other opinions he has (I wrote a previous comment in this forum comparing the Virginia abortion law to Nazi barbarism), I must agree with Kathleen Parker on this issue and think we should employ patient leniency with the Governor on this particular matter while this plays out. Too many on both sides of the isle use an "ends justify the means" mentality to take down any political opponent - such as democrats excoriating Kavanaugh over high school foolishness. A terrible idea for a high school photo - yes clearly. A lot of high school kids do stupid or even terrible things, and I don't think we should judge one another based on our worst high school moments, or for that matter on our worst moments as adults.

  • Copybook Headings Draper, UT
    Feb. 8, 2019 4:18 a.m.

    @Karen R. - Houston, TX

    "Yeah, [Bill Clinton] lied under oath. So what? He's one of us and that's all that matters."

    There, I fixed it for you.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    Feb. 7, 2019 3:14 p.m.

    @ Eponymous Eggplant

    I had to look up who Julie Swetnik is. Sorry - she doesn't factor into my opinion about Kavanaugh. But I hope that you genuinely don't understand how untruthful and evasive he was. That gives me a lot more hope than, "Yeah, a judge lied under oath. So what? He's one of us and that's all that matters."

  • Eponymous Eggplant Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 7, 2019 1:56 p.m.

    "Kavanaugh LIED."
    Let me guess. You still believe Julie Swetnick.

    One thing we can agree on: we are in a "wasteful, incoherent, partisan period."

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    Feb. 7, 2019 12:29 p.m.

    Where is the commentary that recognizes that it isn't about the stupid, thoughtless, even harmful thing(s) you did in youth, but about how you handle yourself when you're confronted with them in adulthood?

    Kavanaugh LIED. About those silly things that Parker says we can disregard. So why lie about them? And this guy is a judge. This is the best we can expect from a judge under oath? Would he accept this from someone under oath in his court? Is this qualifying behavior for a seat on the SCOTUS? Tragically, the answer in this wasteful, incoherent, partisan period we're in was, "Yes."

    Northam has handled his moment about as badly if not worse than Kavanaugh. For Pete's sake, the guy nearly did the moonwalk for us during a press conference and had to be rescued by his wife. Why should anyone believe he still isn't tone deaf on the issue?

  • Whale of Fortune Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 7, 2019 12:24 p.m.

    By comparison, the yearbook photos are just a sideshow, intended to distract from the real issue, abortion extremism. The media's push to rehabilitate the career of a proponent of infanticide is duly noted.