Politicians on the left and the right used to feel ashamed after the eruption of a massive sexual or racial scandal and be forced out of office.
Here is an illustration of that point of view. During an interview with CBS' Gayle King, Northam described slavery in the following terms: "We are now at the 400-year anniversary — just 90 miles from here in 1619. The first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Old Point Comfort, what we call now Fort Monroe, and while."
The task will be gigantic.