Monday, July 25, 2016

Raising Kaine

I watched the introduction of Sen. Tim Kaine as Hillary Clinton’s running mate on Saturday and was duly impressed with him.  Up until that moment I hadn’t heard him speak much and considered him a safe, even boring, choice to fill the ticket out of necessity; after all, the ticket does need a vice president.

But here he was in Miami speaking Spanish to a largely Hispanic audience at Florida International University, talking about his background in serving as an attorney for civil rights cases, his work as a Catholic missionary in Honduras (which might give some folks pause but apparently it was the harmless kind of missionary work; the country is already pretty Catholic to begin with), and then working as a mayor, governor, and senator in Virginia.  He even has a son in the Marines.  He hit all the markers and did it in a modest but impressive way.

The best part was that neither he nor Hillary Clinton tried to scare the crap out of the country.  It was a positive, upbeat, and inclusive intro, and even if there are those who have some quibbles about his views on reproductive choice (personally against abortion but supports a woman’s right to choose), it’s hard to imagine a better choice at the moment not only to be a part of the campaign, but to help run the government after the election.  After all, that’s the whole point.

One bark on “Raising Kaine

  1. Apparently Trump selected someone to actually run the government since he sees himself as only Chairman of the Board. Something like Chairman Mao.

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