February 1, 2006


Bush Warns Against Shrinking Global Role (Peter Baker and Michael A. Fletcher, 1/31/06, Washington Post)

In their official response after the speech, Democrats rejected Bush's arguments and mocked his proposals as little more than warmed-over rejects from past State of the Union addresses. Bypassing long-established leaders who have had trouble rallying the party in opposition to Bush, Democrats tapped their newest star, Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, who was elected in a Republican state in November and inaugurated 18 days ago.

"If we want to replace the division that grips our nation's capital, we need a change," Kaine said. "Democrats are leading that reform effort, working to restore honesty and openness to our government, working to replace a culture of partisanship and cronyism with an ethic of service and results."

Kaine, whose selection provoked liberal criticism within his party because of his more centrist views and his inexperience at the national level, insisted that Democrats are as committed to battling terrorists and reminded the nation that Virginia was one of the targets on Sept. 11, 2001. But, he added, "our commitment to winning the war on terrorism compels us to ask this question: Are the president's policies the best way to win this war?"

You can sympathize with the diifuclty of the task facing Democrats, to find someone to deliver the rebuttal who America doesn't already find laughable, but sending up an 18-day old governor to tell us how seriously they take the WoT is just pitiful.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 1, 2006 12:15 PM

kaine looked like he was trying out as mr rodgers repolacement. he looks (and sounds) like a lightweight goof.

Posted by: toe at February 1, 2006 12:41 PM

"...our commitment to winning the war on terrorism compels us to ask this question: Are the president's policies the best way to win this war?"

I couldn't help but notice that Gov. Kaine uses the weak rhetorical device of asking a question-- rather than making a statment with some certitude. For God's sake, man, you're giving your party's response to the SOTU! Have some sack!

Besides being boring, the Demo's "newest star" is deferential. I suppose he and his advisers have all sorts of "questions" for Osama Bin Laden, Zarqawi and Zawahiri. And here's the scary part: they'd actually find some of their answers to be "food for thought." Not a good sign for the party. Their embrace of grey areas might be a sign of their lack of grey matter.

Posted by: Brian McKim at February 1, 2006 12:46 PM

He makes national dems proud though. It only took him six days in office to offer up a billion dollars of tax increases. At the same time the state just finished its third years in a row with a budget surplus. This time more than a billion dolalrs.

Oh...did you all notice the eyebrow? We saw alot of it during his campaign.

Posted by: mc at February 1, 2006 12:47 PM

From what I gathered from only half-listening is their only idea on waging the WOT is better veterans' benefits?

PS - Your commitment to winning the WOT should compel you to either support the President's policies or come up with better ones. For future reference, Governor, I respect people who answer questions, not ask them.

Posted by: Rick T. at February 1, 2006 12:49 PM

I read somewhere that Chairman Dean invested $5 mil in the Governor's campaign. Gotta get a return on that investment.

Posted by: tgn at February 1, 2006 2:35 PM

Imagine how Phil Angelides feels - here he is, the Treasurer of the great state of CA, ready to run for Governor (against Arnold), and he can't get any face time on TV, but Mr. Eyebrow, the former mayor of Richmond (pop. 197,700) is selected.

I'm surprised Schumer didn't have Bob Casey (Senate candidate in PA) give the speech.

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 2, 2006 8:54 AM