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Friday, May 06, 2005

Candi Kaine Went To Bubba School

I have a gentle loathing for politicians who are, at any given time, willing to believe and aver just about anything, depending on the constituency and the polling data. I always had more respect (that is until recently) for Hillary Clinton than I ever did for Bill because she wore her liberalism on her sleeve. She believed in it. She lived it. She espoused it. Bill believed in anything, everything, nothing. That explains how he got away with supporting increased taxation of the rich - and for apologizing to them for having done it; for supporting radical environmentalism and for being opposed to the Kyoto Protocols. I think I even saw the most anti-2nd amendment president in history shoot a duck once. Once.

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 Progressive
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)
Although 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.

It will be up to us to expose this joker for being the fraud that he is.

The State Has Too Much Money

Do you know how to determine when your state government has more money than it knows what to do with? When it involves itself in idiocy like this:
DMV agents will inspect limos during proms
Any company violating a state law will be towed from the school.
BY KIM O'BRIEN ROOT , (Hampton Roads) Daily Press

High school students who hire limousines to get around on prom night or for graduation should make sure the limousine companies are on the up and up, state officials said.

To ensure that, the State Department of Motor Vehicles plans to send out agents to perform inspections at prom and graduation sites across the state. Any company not complying with state laws and regulations could have its car towed or taken out of service. (link)
To think, I could have spent those tax dollars on my grandchildrens' college education. Instead it goes to state inspectors who will be lurking in the shadows of high school complexes around the state, waiting to pounce ... on limo drivers.

For the love of God.

Tom Delay Victorious

There was a day when the New York Times, Washington Post, and the network news organizations could swarm and, in their 'death by a thousand cuts" strategy, could destroy their designated foe.

Not anymore.

House Majority Leader Tom Delay was accused - ad nauseum - of having broken House rules as they pertain to lobbyists paying for excursions overseas and for a myriad of other transgressions. The mainstream press, having for years expressed an open hatred for the guy, wanted his genitalia on a platter, and saw this as an opportunity to castrate him, once and for all.

The attacks were relentless. Every day. Every broadcast. Every front page.

The Times and the Post were particularly aggressive, even going after Delay's wife and daughter at one point for having been in the employ of his reelection campaign (something that is perfectly legal and arguably ethical).

Throughout the ordeal, Delay smiled the smile of a person who has been through it all before, and knew how it was going to play out ... or peter out, as the case may be. Stories started to appear in far-removed publications about other politicians - many of them Democrats - having had relatives in their employ, in the same way Delay had, and for having had lobbyists pick up the tab for trips overseas.

Weblogs (and Fox News) started citing these stories and they became of national interest. People -and the mainstream press - started to realize that if there is, indeed, a problem, it extends far beyond Tom Delay. Even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been accused of wrongdoing, though you'll never know that by reading the Times or Post.

So, today the New York Times threw in the towel. Tom Delay has won. In a not-so-subtle shift in argument, the editorial page, rather than advocating that Delay be punished, is now calling for changes in House rules. They took a headcount and realized a whole lot more of their friends than enemies were about to get their ox gored.

The Bedfellow Disclosure Bill

It is slowly dawning on Congress that the deepening influence of lobbyists' money on the inner workings of the Capitol is looking bad back home. The ethical travails of the House majority leader, Tom DeLay, are rooted in his aggressive courting of the K Street lobbying brigade, a $3-billion-a-year industry veiled from proper public scrutiny. But now the spotlight Mr. DeLay brazenly invited is widening to embarrass his colleagues who also cut corners in taking overseas junkets with lobbyists hovering like caterers. The timing is perfect, then, for the tough and long-overdue controls proposed by two Democratic representatives, Martin Meehan of Massachusetts and Rahm Emanuel of Illinois.

"We have done everything by the book," Mr. DeLay has emphasized in defending his coziness with Washington's power lobbyists. The sad comment on what is supposed to be the people's house is that Mr. DeLay may be right [my emphasis]. It's time to rewrite that book. (link)

Tom Delay will read this editorial this morning, grin, and shout the famous line from the movie, Dave. "Die, pond scum!" He is victorious. He has vanquished a mighty foe.