Kaine pick is not enough

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -


Why am I not sur­prised? U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, who on Fri­day be­came Hil­lary Clin­ton’s vice pres­i­den­tial pick, may not be the pick many Amer­i­can lib­er­als would make. On Satur­day, I ex­pected Don­ald Trump to try driv­ing a wedge on Twit­ter be­tween the two sides of the Demo­cratic Party. Kaine, a mod­er­ate Demo­cratic sen­a­tor from Vir­ginia, has backed re­stric­tions on abor­tion. If you no­tice when Clin­ton an­nounced that she’d picked Kaine, Trump took to Twit­ter to poke at her se­lec­tion of Kaine as her run­ning mate and per­haps stoke a fire among Bernie Sand- ers sup­port­ers by tweet­ing that the pick meant Bernie fought for noth­ing.

It seems to me that both Clin­ton and Trump are push­ing to at­tract Sanders sup­port­ers to their sides af­ter the Ver­mont sen­a­tor dropped his bid for the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion. Sanders has en­cour­aged his back­ers to shift their al­le­giance to Clin­ton, but many of them feel she is too con­ser­va­tive on many is­sues and has too many ties with Wall Street. This is the best that the Democrats have to of­fer to lead our coun­try?

So Kaine, who has served on both the Armed Ser­vices and For­eign Re­la­tions com­mit­tee, could help Clin­ton fight back against Trump’s claims of be­ing the “law and or­der” can­di­date. In my opin­ion, it’s not enough.

When Hil­lary loses, what does that tell us about Tim Kaine? I can’t help feel­ing that Tim Kaine has cho­sen the wrong em­ployer in his ca­reer and some day soon it will bite him.

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