My, my - funny how things happen. You would have to be living on the moon to not hear about ALL of the people Obama is considering for his Patsy, uh, I mean Vice President. All kinds of names have been thrown out from Chuck Hagel to Joe Biden. The current major leak (but really you are all supposed to know about it - shhhhh!) has Tim Kaine, Governor of VA, as a likely candidate. Never heard of him? Yeah, well, we lived in VA when Mark Warner was governor, and he was GREAT. Kaine was his Lt. Governor, so when Warner's terms was up (VA permits ONE six year term - that's it), Kaine rode in on his coattails. He hasn't done a whole lot since then, at least not a lot of positive changes for which he is receiving any accolades. BUT - Obama stumped for him in VA, and Kaine has been stumping for Obama around the world, uh, I mean, COUNTRY, and now they are BFFs! Woohoo!!!! Kaine has now moved to the short list for VP!! Gosh - he must be really experienced, and his constituents must really love him, right?? Uh, no. Like Obama (wow - I almost typed "Bush" then - I am not kidding, and it isn't just because I'm tired!), Kaine isn't all that experienced, certainly not in important matters like foreign affairs. Which would help since Obama has no experience, even with his NINE DAY trip!!!! A whole nine days - that is enough, right??? No. No, Obama, it is not even anywhere in the same ballpark as REAL experience, like Clinton's. But you know that already. You're just trying to appease your cultists, um, ah, I mean FOLLOWERS. Oh, that isn't right, either - SUPPORTERS! Yes, that is what politicians are supposed to have - supporters Okay. Got it. Anywho...
Ahem. Since you may know NOTHING about Gov. Kaine, he is personally opposed to the death penalty as a practicing Catholic, but when he campaigned as a gubernatorial candidate, he assured people he would not impose him personal beliefs on the state. In other words, he would not prohibit death penalty executions. Wow - what a stand up guy. He was not going to allow his personal faith to supersede the Commonwealth of Virginia's laws (and I hasten to say that I am completely opposed to the death penalty - always have been). Well, okay then.
Oh, but wait - there is more. While Governor Kaine wouldn't impose his religious beliefs on the death penalty, he had/has NO problem imposing them on the issue of - wait - for - it, yes, ABORTION!! So, a woman better not kill a zygote, but it's A-OKAY to kill a full-grown adult. Yes, indeedy! That makes sense, right?? Oh, yeah, NO. Governor Kaine, before he was governor, said he had a "faith-based opposition" to abortion, and vowed to promote ABSTINENCE focused education - you know, the one that doesn't WORK. And to ban so-called partial-birth abortions. This was a more popular position in VA than his opposition to the death penalty. In other words, his faith-based opposition takes a backseat to political aspiration. One was not politically expedient - the death penalty issue. The other one was - abortion. Regardless, now that Obama has secured the endorsements of NARAL, and even more importantly, for the second time ever in presidential politics, Planned Parenthood's, it makes PERFECT sense that he would target an anti-choice candidate to run as Vice President. It highlights that some of the very few times Obama exposed his true colors was his exceedingly patronizing comments to/about women and when they can/not choose to have an abortion.
What's that I hear? Oh, it is Planned Parenthood being thrown under the bus. And NARAL. Couldn't happen to two more deserving organizations supporting OBAMA over CLINTON after all of the work she has done on behalf of women, and the sexist, patronizing, arrogant way in which Obama has treated women, especially on choice!
So, all of you Obamabots trying to hold Roe v. Wade over our heads, what say you NOW, huh??? Really think he is not going to turn back the clock on women's rights like you claim McCain will do, and Obama won't? Because I think you are dead wrong. He doesn't give a damn about women and our health. He has made that abundantly clear. In the same way he proved he doesn't give a crap about the Constitution voting for FISA and telecom immunity (AT&T welcomes you to the Denver Democratic National Convention - I kid you not!), oh, and PLEASE stop calling him a "Constitutional Scholar" - he was a lecturer at the same law school he had just attended. It's like being a TA, for crying out loud. And he has made it clear as day - HE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION! He cares about getting money, and getting elected. Your lives will be SO much smoother once you accept that! He will say and do whatever he has to do to accomplish those two tasks. So, quit with the whole Roe v. Wade scare tactic, because Obama DOES NOT CARE ABOUT WOMEN and our health. He does not. Too bad Planned Parenthood and NARAL apparently cared more about publicity (and money?? Does anyone know if Obama's "Hope PAC" gave them money?) than they did about supporting the candidate who would work the hardest for the issues about which they claim to care. Thanks a whole lot for the capitulation there, PP and NARAL. How do you people sleep at night?
So, Tim thinks we should care what he thinks about abortion, like so many other men. And he wants to impose HIS "faith-based opposition" on VA, and presumably, the country, should the world got to hell in a handbasket and Obama gets into the White House with him. Holy Cow...
What a surprise that Obama finds a way to get Gov. Kaine in after all. Cough. Ahem. It may not be VP, but a pretty plum choice nonetheless. Kaine and Rick Warrencan have themselves a good ol' time at the Inauguration talking strategy about getting rid of Roe v. Wade. I'm just sayin'...
Oh, yes. And in the, "Isn't it Ironic" file, there is this THIS article from November 12, 2008:
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine ruled out serving a new Democratic White House as chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Wednesday.
Speculation about Kaine heading the party began after DNC Chairman Howard Dean announced Monday he will step down in January.
Kaine said at a news conference Obama's transition team asked him if he was interested in the position. He said his response was that he'd rather be governor and won't do both jobs.
"That's not something I'm going to do. I don't view that, frankly, as consistent with being governor, so I'm going to be governor," Kaine said. "I would view it as taking my eye too much off the ball about things that need to happen here."
Except, apparently, it IS!!! Ah, more honest and trustworthy politicians in the Democratic Party! So, not only is Kaine rabidly anti-choice, he's also a big liar! Great! He should fit right on in with the Obama people, don't you think? I think his response to the possibility of being in Obama's cabinet highlights just how well:
For Kaine to accept an immediate appointment to an Obama Cabinet post would force him to turn the final year of his term over to Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling.
"It's not turning the keys over to Bill Bolling that worries me. It's that I took an oath to be here for my whole term ... and I have communicated that to the president-elect already," Kaine said.
"We had talked about it a number of weeks back, but we've communicated since the election and I've made that point" to Obama, he said.
And how do you folks like THAT in the great Commonwealth of Virginia?!? Sounds to me like Kaine's attentions just might be a tad divided...I sure hope you didn't buy his double speak.
But hey, this is Kaine's payment (hmmm, that seems to be a common theme) for being the first governor to endorse Obama, and to work his little heart out for him making sure all of those felons were registered as they walked out the door of the prison (felons in VA lose their voting rights for life - unless the governor restores them). As is so often the case with Obama, this is a two-fer - he can pay back Gov. Kaine, and NARAL, PPA, Emily's List, and NOW all at the same time!! So, thanks - thanks so much for throwing us all under the bus supporting this Hope-y Change-y guy, who isn't all that change-y at all. Those of us who were paying attention are not surprised. Maybe deep down, you aren't, either, but it's too damn late now, isn't it? Way to sell us out. Thanks a lot for nothing.