Friday, July 22, 2016

Never Kaine!

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

Now that the Trump Train has unloaded a big week's worth of racist and sexist vitriol and pulled out of Cleveland, and his legions of redneck morons have gone back to their bunkers to await the Second Coming, the focus of the nation can shift to the Democrats.  Hillary Clinton, who heads into her Philadelphia convention on Monday, will, in all probability, name her running mate sometime over the weekend.

While Clinton has many good people from which to choose, there seems to be an increasing likelihood that she will not select wisely.  Clinton, the corporatist, may throw the Bernie wing of the party to the wolves and double-down on sucking up to Wall Street.  And, as if on cue, one of her favorite candidates for the position, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, made news this week by firing off a letter to the Federal Reserve Chair, the Comptroller of the Currency, and the FDIC Chair - urging all three to back off of the regulation of big banks.  Kaine also supports that Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement - which is favored by many large businesses but is an anathema to progressive elements in the Democratic Party.

Kaine's lurch to the right comes just days after it was revealed that he accepted gifts of vacations, clothes, and tickets to the NCAA Final Four while serving as Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Virginia.

Tim Kaine is not an acceptable choice for Vice President, and his selection would be a slap in the face to a significant portion of the Democratic Party.  Hillary chooses Kaine at her peril.


Xobekim said...

Well I am not tickled pink about the Kaine nomination. Hillary, it seems, wants to make sure she has places like Virginia and Pennsylvania locked down. That short term strategy comes at the expense of not opening up national leadership to other women and persons of color. This was the first of many bland decisions designed to contrast the safe and steady team of Clinton-Kaine to the erratic and unpredictable Trump & his ultra right wing pick Pence.

There's the rub, Hillary will govern from the middle, and the middle has been slowly moved to the right. It will take America to elect progressive candidates to the House and Senate to move us back towards the left.

I am hopeful that Hillary will show more pizzazz with her Cabinet and Judiciary selections.

Pa Rock's Ramble said...

Reply to Xobekim: Here's where I stand - and let me know if it's logical or just petulant.

Most news sources indicate that Hillary has written off Missouri - she plans to cede it to Trump. Therefore, if I vote for Hillary, it won't count where it matters - in the Electoral College. I feel like I would be making more of a statement and remaining truer to my values by voting for one of the third party candidates - Jill Stein or Gary Johnson.

I feel like Hillary just flipped off a third of her party - and assumes most of them will vote for her anyway out of a disgust for Trump.

I don't think I can vote for her.