Gov. Tim Kaine: Dangerous Democrat
Dangerous to Republicans, that is, based on his response to Bush's State of the Union. On Fox News, Newt Gingrich called it the best response by anyone from either party ever, and I agree. Most notably missing was any suggestion that white people need to feel guilty about the plight of 'people of color' or that the travails of homosexuals are of even the remotest consequence in the nation's affairs or that our fundamental liberties are at risk if even one woman finds it slightly inconvenient to get an abortion. He went right at the issues affecting the middle class and didn't waver. The closest he came to discussing poverty was to note that "the White House has made efforts to cut Medicaid funds for our most vulnerable citizens." And what about healthcare - Universal Health Care for all Americans? His goals are more modest - "Health care reforms must focus on making the system serve consumers better." If Republicans think they only have to worry about defeating the finger-wagging, head-shaking blusterers they saw during the Alito hearings, they could be in for a rude awakening this fall.