Remember Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s KKK/blackface yearbook scandal? Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s alleged sexual predation? How about Virginia AG Mark Herring’s blackface scandal? Of course you do. But many others don’t. And the New York Times is trying to figure out why that might be the case:

Campbell Robertson writes:

And then? “It just went poof,” said Natalie Draper, a librarian sitting in the back of a coffeehouse last week in Richmond. “It’s like it never happened.”

Virginians have various theories as to how this surreal normalcy set in.

Some say the whole mess was so exhausting and embarrassing that by the time the legislature adjourned on Feb. 24, the outrage had burned itself out. Others point to polls that showed Virginia voters were considerably less hungry for resignations than their representatives were. Some political observers mused about more fundamental changes to the life span of scandal, describing President Trump’s approach to bad press as if it were a revolutionary medical breakthrough.

Here’s a theory for the New York Times: Maybe — just maybe — “it just went poof” because the media were only too eager to help flush it down the memory hole.

They’ll get to the bottom of this mystery eventually. Maybe.

There are 26 letters in our alphabet, but D may be the most powerful letter of all.