So, basically #GovNortham is retreating to the classic "These aren't my pants" defense so familiar to street cops.https://t.co/PuaU9T3MMB— Tamara K. (@TamSlick) February 2, 2019
Democrat Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia just stated, “I believe that I am not either of the people in that photo.” This was 24 hours after apologizing for appearing in the picture and after making the most horrible statement on “super” late term abortion. Unforgivable!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2019
Game Theory is a field of mathematics originally developed to try to mathematically derive optimum solutions for card games in the 18th century. It has developed into a major field of analysis used in computer science and even the design of crypto systems. Any of you who saw the film "A Beautiful Mind" have at least a passing familiarity with the subject.
You probably even know the most famous example of Game Theory: The Prisoner's Dilemma. Two prisoners are (separately) offered a deal - rat out the other guy or keep silent. If they rat and the other guy doesn't, they go free and he gets a long sentence. If neither of them rat, they both get short sentences. If they both rat, they both get long sentences. And most importantly to the prisoner, if he doesn't rat but the other guy does, he gets a long sentence while the other guy walks.
It's a one-time deal, which makes the math simpler. Real world situations are not so simple, and a variant of the Prisoner's Dilemma has incorporated this. Tit For Tat is a sequential set of prisoner's dilemma events where the strategy is to play what your opponent played in the previous round. If your opponent was cooperative, you will be cooperative; if he screwed you, you will screw him back.
What's interesting about Tit For Tat is that mathematical proofs have shown that it leads to the outcome with maximum combined utility. If your opponent always screws you, you're no worse off playing Tit For Tat, but if your opponent is always cooperative or also plays Tit For Tat then both of you derive the maximum benefit.
This is why Northam has to go. House GOP leader Steve King was stripped of his posts within a day or two of an interview that (depending on who you listen to) may or may not have been taken out of context or misrepresented for political purposes. If these are the new rules, then Northam has to go because he admitted to (and later changed his story) the events.
I don't think that the Republic is well served by scalp taking, but it is even less well served by scalp taking applied to only one side. The math tells us that we maximize the Republic's welfare by taking scalps from both sides.