Tag: Tim Kaine

Here We Go Again: More Presentism

 

You do not teach history by rewriting or removing it. But you might just revisit it.

That obvious truism has escaped the conscientiousness of Virginia’s 8th District US Representative, wealthy foreign auto dealer Don Beyer and the Commonwealth’s equally woke junior US Senator, Tim Kaine, both Democrats who are pursuing legislation to remove Robert E. Lee’s name from the Robert E. Lee Memorial (Arlington House), a home his wife inherited from his father-in-law and stepson of George Washington, and lived in briefly.

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Pretend you’re a US Senator and presented with this choice: You have $80 billion to “invest” to bolster recruitment and staffing in one of these public-funded institutions. You can choose one or two out of three (yes, I know there is a fourth choice. Play along): A. Give it all to the Internal Revenue Service […]

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‘Emancipation’ from Our History Continues

 

No trip to Virginia is complete without excursions to Arlington Cemetery, including the stately mansion at its highest point, “Arlington House.” Add to that George Washington’s Mount Vernon, a half-hour drive south along the Potomac River. It is a Commonwealth steeped in colonial and Civil War history. At the time of our founding, it was our most populous state and once encompassed what is now West Virginia and Kentucky. Four of our first five presidents were Virginians.

Arlington House, also the Robert E. Memorial at Arlington Cemetary. For now.

And if you have time, a two-hour trip toward Charlottesville should include stops at three homes of America’s founders: James Madison’s Montpelier, James Monroe’s Ashlawn, and of course, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Add visits to several great wineries in the region and perhaps Civil War battlefields, from Manassas to Chancellorsville.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have a field day as government contractor Reality Winner is arrested for leaking classified information to the media. They also unload on Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, who tries to leave the impression that Russia manipulated the actual vote tallies in 2016 while also admitting that there is no evidence for it. And they discuss the Trump administration’s failed attempts to assemble a war room to push back against former FBI Director James Comey’s upcoming testimony.

For Once the Vice Presidency Matters

 

kaine-pence-debateBack in late January, 2015, I did a post entitled The Party of the Living Dead. In it, I drew attention to what Barack Obama did to the Democratic Party — which is that he deprived it of a bench and left it in the grips of septuagenarians such as Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Harry Reid, Joe Biden, and the like. Even that young whippersnapper Elizabeth Warren — with whom I served back in the last millennium on the debate team for Northwest Class High School in Oklahoma City — was slated to be 66 or 67 by now, and Hillary Clinton was slated to be 69 — older than Ronald Reagan was on the eve of his first election. I did not have the wit to mention Bernie Sanders, then and now another septuagenarian; and I took it for granted that the Republicans would nominate someone in his or her forties or fifties. It never crossed my mind that they would nominate someone older than Hillary. But here we are.

I mention this because I believe that Tim Kaine or Mike Pence will be President before long. There is, as Aristotle said with regard to the Spartan gerousia, an old age of the mind as well as one of the body — and Hillary is evidencing both. She is not only ill — probably with Parkinson’s disease — and lacking energy. She is, as Huma Abedin noted some time ago in an email to someone recently hired at the State Department, “often confused.” She may win on Tuesday. My guess — for what it is worth — is that she will. But she will not be with us long. Hell, she is not always with us now.

For all of his defects, Donald Trump does not seem to be lacking in energy — perhaps because he is not, like his opponent, given to imbibing. But let’s face it: he, too, is old, and the campaign must be a terrific strain. Moreover, his incoherence — the fact that he seems to have attitudes and resentments but not well-worked ideas — fits rather well with Aristotle’s observation. It is, of course, conceivable that the man was never able to think through issues. He certainly seems to be stuck in adolescence, and he clearly has a problem with impulse control. But these things get worse as one ages. The ablest people remember their conclusions but forget the line of reasoning that got them there. Trust me: I know.

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The last couple of weeks have been a strange but eventful stretch for the 2016 presidential campaign, and we seem to have reached yet another new low for the GOP.  Recent developments, even some that many may have seen as at least somewhat positive, have only made me sadder about the state of conservatism and […]

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This Year’s Greatest Sermon on Christianity in American Politics

 

In the face of Tim Kaine’s dangerous duplicity on abortion, some Catholic leaders are sounding the alarm.  Listen, for example, to this week’s tremendous sermon by Father John Lankeit, rector of Ss. Simon & Jude Cathedral in Phoenix, AZ — this may just be one of the greatest sermons on Christianity in American politics that you will ever hear and certainly must-listening for any Catholic or Christian voter you know.

Father Lankeit distinguishes between issues of “intrinsic evil” (like abortion) and issues of “prudential judgment” (like affirmative action or immigration policy).  He says:

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If I understand correctly, Tim Kaine was so bad at the VP debate last night that even the Democrat-Media Complex is admitting he was terrible. (It’s OK for them to say a Republican won a meaningless debate; let’s them keep that fig leaf that they’re free of bias.) What Tim Kaine did last night… the […]

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In the first of this week’s COMMENTARY podcasts John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman give their take on the VP debate: Impressive performance chops by Mike Pence masking a series of bald-faced lies, indicating the extent to which Donald Trump has altered our politics, and a deeply annoying Tim Kaine who couldn’t even do interrupting well.

Give a listen.

Vice Presidential Debate Wrap-up

 

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All the networks took a break from their wall-to-wall dance and/or singing competitions last night to cover the only thing more boring than a television dance and/or singing competition: a vice-presidential debate. That’s right, Sen. Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence met Tuesday night at Longwood University in the town of Farmville, VA. The moderator was Elaine Quijano of CBS News.

So what did you miss when you fell asleep right after the handshake? It was very calm. The candidates were calm. Everybody was seated at a big table for a nice, calm “conversation.” Even Twitter was pretty calm. (But the king of calm was Mike Pence. Man, that cat was chill. Nothing fazed him.)

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  I’ve made no secret here about being a NeverTrumper.  However, I realize that not everyone shares my evaluations.  Here on Ricochet (and across America) there are lots of “Reluctant Trumpers,” those who will grit their teeth and pull the lever for Donald Trump, but only because Hillary Clinton is so terrible that she’ll drive the […]

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DNC Day Three Wrap Up

 

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Last night was the third night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. We could tell you about the minor figures who strode the dais: Sigourney Weaver, Chris Murphy, Leon Panetta, Joe Biden, Governor Moonbeam, the latter proudly declared “Hillary Clinton does stuff!” (And yes, we just called Joe Biden a minor figure. Sorry, Joe. The truth hurts.) But there were three important speeches Wednesday night: Michael Bloomberg, Tim Kaine, and President Obama.

Bloomberg, who flirted with a run earlier this year before deciding against it, came out to say specifically that he’s not a Democrat, he disagrees with Democrats (his comments about how they stand in the way of educational reform got boos), and that he disagrees with Hillary Clinton, but that people should vote for her because Donald Trump would be worse.