Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse HRC has decided corporatist Virginia Senator Tim Kaine should be added too her short list of Veep picks.
Her pick is widely viewed in Washington as a sign of her governing intentions. The former SoS has spent weeks attempting to woo progressive Bernie Sanders supporters. Choosing from one of the handful of names on her short list: Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) or Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) would signal that her camp is taking progressive concerns seriously.
True Progressives are watching with a skeptical eye, concerned what the signal will be.
According too a Huff-Post article:
“Kaine, by contrast, is setting himself up as a figure willing to do battle with the progressive wing of the party. He has championed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal that both Sanders and Warren oppose, and he is now publicly siding with bank deregulation advocates at the height of Clinton’s veepstakes.
The big bank letter would help major firms including Capital One, PNC Bank and U.S. Bank, all of which control hundreds of billions of dollars in assets. Such large “regional banks,” Kaine writes, are being discriminated against based solely on the fact that they are so big.
In a letter to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry and FDIC Chair Martin Gruenberg, Kaine argues that it is unfair for these large banks to be required to calculate and report their liquidity ― a critical measure of risk ― on a daily basis. Kaine wants to change that reporting to once a month. Kaine, along with Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Robert Casey (D-Pa.), argues that bigger banks don’t necessarily carry bigger risks, and thus shouldn’t face more aggressive oversight.”
White working-class males, who can identify with WASPISH Kaine, are who the Democratic party has been reaching out to win for the past 25 years with little success. Picking Kaine could be a signal to Midwestern Republicans too cross over and vote for the HRC/Kaine ticket. Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, according to election results and polls, will already be voting for HRC….so Kaine may be bringing the WASP vote home for Clinton in key midwestern battle-ground states where the Donald is popular.
Picking Kaine would be a slap in the face to left leaning Bernsters according too Policitco.com
Kaine also appears partial to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, loathed by Sanders and his backers. He voted for the “fast track” bill protecting trade agreements from Senate filibusters, a necessary step for TPP ratification (though he said at the time that his vote was “not a blind endorsement of any pending trade negotiation.”)
If HRC picks Kaine, who supports the TPP, it could be a signal too her Corp Donors that she’ll support it as well after elected.
Kaine’s maneuvering is typical of a politician in the mainstream of the Democratic Party. Which is exactly the problem: Sanders supporters don’t want a politician in the mainstream of the Democratic Party.
“Picking Kaine, a centrist, DLC [the now-defunct Democratic Leadership Council] Democrat, who happens to have some scary positions on abortion and the deficit, would just confirm that Clinton is the triangulating, centrist, DLC Democrat who many Sanders supporters have claimed her to be,” scoffed Bernie-backer Katie Halper, host of her eponymous radio show on New York’s WBAI, to Politico Magazine,
“It would send a message that she’s not even pretending to pander to us, which is both refreshingly honest and alarming.”
The Republican National Committee is fully aware that Kaine could potentially widen the rift between populists and the Democratic establishment, dropping an unusual oppo dump this week which captured every right-leaning position Kaine has ever taken—
including support for offshore oil drilling off the Virginia coast—and declaring, “Tapping The Virginia Senator Would Be A Slap in The Face To Bernie Backers.” (This may have been the first time in history the RNC publicly expressed concern for the feelings of democratic socialists.)”
GOP’s TOP TAKEAWAYS
- Kaine has been mentioned as being “at the top” of Clinton’s short list for running mate.
- Kaine’s selection as Clinton’s vice presidential nominee would do nothing to unify the Democrat Party, as he has attacked Sanders and holds positions that are out of line with the Bernie/Warren wing.
- Kaine has castigated opponents of free trade agreements as “losers,” while Sanders attributes the collapse of the middle class and income inequality to free trade agreements backed by Clinton.
- Kaine supported the decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power, while Sanders called his removal “one of the worst foreign policy blunders in the history of America.”
- Kaine is pro-life and supports a ban on partial birth abortion, while Sanders opposes any and all restrictions on abortion.
- Kaine has a record supporting offshore drilling and clean coal, two forms of energy that Sanders wants to do away with entirely.
- As Governor of Virginia, Kaine signed the repeal of the estate tax, which Sanders supports hiking substantially.
- Kaine supports Right to Work, which Sanders has sought to ban outright.
- Kaine has a much more liberal record on guns than Sanders.
“Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine Is Emerging As The Leading Candidate Atop Hillary Clinton’s Vice Presidential Short List.” “Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is emerging as the leading candidate atop Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential short list, according to Democratic allies and operatives close to the campaign.” (Annie Karni and Gabriel Debenedetti, “Kaine Rises To Top Of Clinton’s Veep List,” Politico, 6/23/16)
KAINE HAS DIRECTLY CRITICIZED SANDERS AS RISKY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) Has Said That Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Focus On Issues Pertaining To “Global Stability” And Thus Would Be “An Incredibly Risky Bet” For The Presidency
Kaine is one of HRC’s go too people/advisors on Foreign Policy matters, along with Madeline Albrecht, and is considered to be right of her on Hawkishness.
Kaine also brings another dimension to the HRC ticket, he is admittedly boring…balancing out the scandal ridden Clinton Team.