Diary

The Kaine Forgettability

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speak together on their campaign bus after visiting Imani Temple Ministries in Cleveland, Sunday, July 31, 2016. Clinton and Kaine are on a three day bus tour through the rust belt. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

I was knocking around the internet this AM and ran across this piece about Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton and their whitewashing Obama’s pathetic record in Iraq. Strangely enough, first thought that ran through my mind was, “Why are they talking about Kaine?” before I stopped myself and realized that I’d almost forgotten that the Virginia Senator was Hillary’s running mate. It hasn’t even been sixteen months after the election.

To me, this just affirmed how uninspiring and pedestrian her choice was for vice president (and I know that the Bernie Bros were agin it). Heck, even the NYT gave the nod to Pence after their one debate. There have been a lot of post-mortems about why Hillary lost (here’s a typical breakdown), but few of the pundits mention her choice for VP, perhaps because they forgot about Kaine as well.

This has nothing to do about the junior Senator from Virginia. He has a good solid record in public office, his political positions are moderately left-of-center, and I’m positive that he would’ve been a better president than the top of the ticket. Rather, this is really about Hillary and her consistently bad judgment.