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Hillary Picks Tim Kaine as Running Mate

Hillary Clinton has picked Tim Kaine as her running mate. What a dull, uninspiring, lackluster choice. He seems as exciting as Mike Pence. But, it really didn't matter who she picked. No one will honestly claim they have decided to vote for Trump because she picked Kaine instead of someone else.

Still, it's disappointing Hillary went the so called safe route instead of adding a refreshing newcomer or a minority to the ticket. I wonder if she would have chosen Kaine if Trump hadn't chosen Pence. If not, then her choice is reactive and responsive. I'd rather she grabbed the initiative and made bold choices.

Since Trump will have made himself unacceptable to everyone but the most angry, marginalized and under-informed voters, and his own children, I'm still confident she'll win in November. But I'm not buying she's "thrilled" to make this announcement.

Update: Nate Silver at 538 analyzes Kaine's likely effect on Hillary's chances in November. He says he'll help a little, but not much.

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    I was kind (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Jul 22, 2016 at 08:59:55 PM EST
    of meh on Kaine until I read up on his background. Jeralyn, I would think that you mind move that way after finding out he's been an advocate for the underdog for a long time.

    And against (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jul 22, 2016 at 09:01:05 PM EST
    The death penalty

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    And 100% rating by planned parenthood (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Molly Bloom on Fri Jul 22, 2016 at 09:53:23 PM EST
    Despite being personally against abortion on religious grounds.

    "

    So I have taken the position, which is quite common among Catholics -- I have got a personal feeling about abortion, but the right rule for government is to let women make their own decisions."

    Kaine noted that the Supreme Court on Monday is expected to issue a ruling in a case challening the "onerous regulations" Texas has imposed on abortion clinics.

    "We fought those off in Virginia when I was governor because you have got to let people make their own moral choices when it comes to matters of reproduction, intimacy and relationships" said Kaine



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    not really (none / 0) (#10)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Jul 22, 2016 at 09:52:47 PM EST
    see here

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    They say (none / 0) (#14)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jul 22, 2016 at 10:20:39 PM EST
    They have their talking points all ready to go for dealing with this stuff.

    I hope so.

    Hillarys has made her bed.  Now we all have to sleep in it.  

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    and at least (none / 0) (#12)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Jul 22, 2016 at 09:56:46 PM EST
    even in 2006 (none / 0) (#13)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Jul 22, 2016 at 10:04:21 PM EST
    I called him a dismal choice when he was chosen to give the Dem. response to the SOTU -- as did many progressive dems

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    One Guess (none / 0) (#1)
    by RickyJim on Fri Jul 22, 2016 at 08:29:56 PM EST
    The fact the Kaine's senate successor will be appointed by Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe might be one reason for this choice over Sen. Warren.  

    Just listening to a conversation (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jul 22, 2016 at 08:32:56 PM EST
    About how this could get dicy because the senate could end up 50-50 and this could put a critical special election in an iffy state right in the middle of Hillarys first term

    McCauliffe might pick himself.

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    Rumo has it that the (none / 0) (#5)
    by MKS on Fri Jul 22, 2016 at 08:52:59 PM EST
    Black Caucus likes the Kaine pick because it will provide an opening for perhaps Bobby Scott.

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    uninspiring but (none / 0) (#3)
    by pitachips on Fri Jul 22, 2016 at 08:47:42 PM EST
    Pretty Standard for presidential elections. Start with the base, then shift to shoring up the "establishment." Hillary is a pretty cautious politician. No way she was going to rock the boat by choosing Warren or anyone else that her donors would be uncomfortable with.

    oh (none / 0) (#4)
    by linea on Fri Jul 22, 2016 at 08:51:27 PM EST
    i shoudn't care but was actually hoping for a woman veep. i'm properly disappointed.

    Don't understand the (none / 0) (#8)
    by ragebot on Fri Jul 22, 2016 at 09:01:31 PM EST
    Kaine pick.  There seems to be lots of outsider v insider factions both in the Democratic and Republican parties.  Both Trump and Sanders attracted voters as outsiders.  Kaine is definitely an insider and I expected Hillary to try and attract some of Sanders outsider voters with her pick.

    But most folks will probably agree this election is Donald v Hillary and both VPs are just along for the ride.

    If there's (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Jul 22, 2016 at 09:29:40 PM EST
    been a VP that changed the electoral math in the last 40 years or so I sure can't think of one.

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    Last VP to help win was (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by ragebot on Fri Jul 22, 2016 at 10:54:50 PM EST
    LBJ.  

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    Well, let's make some lemonade... (none / 0) (#16)
    by magster on Sat Jul 23, 2016 at 12:58:22 AM EST
    Kaine cut his teeth on suing racist landlords. Trump cut his teeth by being one. There's probably a good commercial in there somewhere.