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.