While the list of politicians who maintain, and live by, a core set of principles is short (I think of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Tom Delay), the list of politicians who are willing to abandon their "core beliefs" in favor of support from core constituent groups is lengthy.
That list now apparently includes our esteemed Lt. Governor Tim Kaine, who just happens to be running for governor. David Holman, writing for the American Spectator, makes the case.
Tightrope ProgressiveAlthough we should heap scorn on any candidate who blatantly, and cynically, molds his or her political positions based on polls and focus group data, don't think for a minute that Kaine has made a mistake by running from his liberal past. The mainstream press will focus only on his current pronouncements and will be supportive. Most of the electorate don't know the guy and will, therefore, not know that Candidate Kaine (or Candi Kaine, as I affectionately call him) has completely abandoned every position he ever took, in favor of being one of us.
By David Holman
WASHINGTON -- How does a liberal run as a centrist in a conservative state and keep his base revved up? Cautiously, with a wink and a nod, if a D.C. fundraiser for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tim Kaine is any indication. While he tours Virginia as a moderate-to-conservative Democrat, he's assuring his liberal bankrollers
elsewhere that he's thinks as they do.
Kaine has appeared to abandon previous liberal positions on gun control and the death penalty for vague positions on transportation, education, and the like. But his friends from D.C.-area organized labor knew his true colors Wednesday night as they raised over $7,000 for his campaign at a downtown Washington restaurant-lounge.
Tim Kaine portrays himself as a faithful Catholic, but his friends associate him with a radical former bishop.
Kaine has highlighted his Catholicism in recent weeks to explain his private opposition to capital punishment. Despite calling for a death penalty moratorium in his 2001 race for lieutenant governor, Kaine now says he will enforce the law.
In recent months, Kaine has tempered his support for abortion. Despite his gun control activism as mayor of Richmond, Kaine told a Lynchburg, Virginia talk radio show this week that he's "never done anything to oppose the Second Amendment." A casual perusal of his campaign literature would leave outsiders guessing his party affiliation. (link)
It will be up to us to expose this joker for being the fraud that he is.