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Posted at 3:31 PM ET, 02/17/2011

Tim Kaine for Senate?

By Jennifer Rubin

It seems that the president and many Democrats are imploring former Virginia governor Tim Kaine (D) to run for the Senate to replace the retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.). Is this really the best the Democrats can do?

Kaine left office in 2009 as one of the least distinguished Virginia governors in recent memory. The budget was badly imbalanced. And he spent a good deal of his time while in the Commonwealth's employ traveling around the U.S. as head of the Democratic National Committee. Obama passed over him for VP in 2008 despite a great deal of public self-promotion by Kaine.

The Virginia state Republican Party was quick to put out a release welcoming "our former part-time governor" back to the state. You can see the first ad already: "As governor, he led the effort to implement the largest tax increase ($2 billion) in Virginia history, left over $1 billion in unspent transportation funds sitting at [the transportation department] while folks sat in traffic, and is now interested in glossing over his failed record as governor to seek higher office."

Couple that with an uninspiring demeanor. (Who can forget the very odd State of the Union response in 2006?) Moreover, he's been the top flack for ObamaCare, which the current state attorney general, to the delight of most voters, is seeking to have overturned by the courts.

But he won the governorship in 2005, right? Well, he won as ire against Republicans was on the rise. Moreover, his opponent, former state attorney Jerry Kilgore, ran -- by most everyone's account -- a horrid race. (Kilgore seemed to think the death penalty was the most important issue of our time.)

And yet Democrats are anxious to have Kaine as their candidate. I suppose the Democratic bench is weak in Virginia, but it's hard to imagine this is the best they can do.

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 17, 2011; 3:31 PM ET
Categories:  Senate Democrats  
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Comments

Yeah, it's the best they can do. But I guess he's better than Representative Jim Moran. Virginia Dems are terminal.

Posted by: eoniii | February 17, 2011 5:30 PM | Report abuse

What, no one's complained yet to Jennifer that Virginia's not the center of the United States?

Posted by: aardunza | February 17, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, yeah, all those compromising positions way back when at the founding, got it.

Posted by: aardunza | February 17, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Mathematically speaking, Hamiltonian is the way to go.

Posted by: aardunza | February 17, 2011 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Thomas Jefferson ain't walking through that door.

Posted by: eoniii | February 17, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Just like 2010, the question isn't whether or not the GOP will gain control of the Senate, but by how many seats.

Posted by: johnhiggins1990 | February 17, 2011 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I've been looking everywhere in vain poring over Tim Kaine's resume and background to see if HE ever painted racial epithets on his high school walls to inflame his fellow students. Or if HE ever was captured on film ethnically demeaning a young student. Give me Kaine's uninspiring demeanor and checkered gubernatorial career anytime-- as opposed to the aw-shucks faux cowboy he'll most likely run against. As for you, Jennifer, you seem to be dreaming of a political advertising career on behalf of the Republi-cants. Given the copy in this post, I suggest you hold onto your day (blogger) job.

Posted by: Drew_Babb | February 18, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I've been poring over Tim Kaine's CV to see if HE ever painted racial epithets on his high school wall to inflame his fellow students. Of if HE ever demeaned a young person in public with some vague racial slur. No, those resume entries seem to be on the side of Kaine's likely opponent -- if he decides to run. Give me an uninspiring demeanor anyday, as opposed to a strutting, preening faux cowboy. Oh, and Jennifer? It appears as if you're auditioning to write commercials for the Republi-cants. A quick study of your copy suggests you ought to hold onto your day (blog) job. Cheerio!

Posted by: Drew_Babb | February 18, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

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