Virginia Republicans reject Kaine nomineeOf course, Governor Kaine reacts with what can only be described as inanity:
By Christina Bellantoni, The Washington Times
RICHMOND -- House Republicans yesterday rejected Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's nominee for secretary of the commonwealth, voting down a gubernatorial secretary appointee for the first time in the state's history.
The House voted 55-42 along party lines to strip Daniel G. LeBlanc from a measure confirming Mr. Kaine's 34 agency head appointments and his chief of staff. (link)
Mr. Kaine, a Democrat, was visibly angered, saying the vote was reminiscent of "McCarthy-style politics"Actually its reminiscent of Congressional Democratic Party politics going back to the days when Republican Senator John Tower was rejected on a party-line vote because it was rumored that he drank more hard liquor than all the Democrats who voted against him did.
In any case, this was not a state precedent that needed to be established. You can count on the Democrats responding in kind first chance they get (by my calculation, that'll be after the next election when the Republican Party deservedly loses its majority in both houses).
For the love of God.