Thursday, January 19, 2006

Kaine to Give Democratic State of the Union Response!!!!

Wow! And how cool is that...?

Rumors have been confirmed by the Washington Post that our recently minted governor will have the honor of responding to whatever doggerel Bush spits out in his State of the Union address.

Kaine is a warm, charismatic speaker, oozing with sincerity and spirit.

Progressive bloggers were hoping Democrats would tap Rep. John Murtha, who in December called for the US to withdraw from Iraq.

But I think the party rightly wanted the face of Democrats to be that of fresh idealism with results; and Kaine's successful campaign for governor in Virginia showed he can effectively communicate with red state voters.

So now he must work his magic on the rest of the nation, and rebuff Bush's tired, hackneyed message, which likely will have little to say about Iraq, and the thousands of soldiers killed and injured.

The new face of Democrats will have some very old ideals -- integrity, community and service -- with Kaine as their spokesperson.

As a young man, Kaine volunteered to go to Honduras as a Catholic missionary right after finishing Harvard Law School. Kaine not only talks the talk but has walked the walk; and as the Good Book asks people of faith to do, Kaine dedicated his life to service.

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if people claim to have faith but have no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2:14-17)

Yes, it makes perfect political sense to show America what the Democratic Party stands for, at its idealistic best.

Speaking with party officials, CNN has this quote about Kaine:

Governor Kaine is the perfect choice to respond to the State of the Union Address," said a Democrat with knowledge of the party's State of the Union preparations. "He is a Democrat who was elected from a red state by focusing on the issues that affect all Americans and has a proven track record as a leader who successfully tackles the tough issues."

And Buttermilk & Molasses, a Richmond blogger, had this to say:

If the Dems hope to capitalize on Tim Kaine's ability to challenge Bush on both pragmatic issues of effective governance and the traditional Republican stranglehold on faith and values, they might just have a shot at regaining Congress in the fall. If nothing else, they'll be positioned to speak to the American public in a language people can understand.

With Kaine's selection, I am reminded of my sister's comments a few years back when she met Kaine on the campaign trail of former Delegate David Brickley. Kaine was speaking to volunteers who were trying to help Brickly recapture his House seat in the newly gerrymandered 31st District in Virginia.

She said, "Wow, this guy sure can give a speech and connect to the audience...He reminds me of Bill Clinton."

So jolly, jolly, jolly! Let us reintroduce ourselves to America as the party of true moral values as articulated by Virginia's great new governor.

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