It's almost as if Mister Never Trump is for Hillary....
I’ve never paid much attention to Tim Kaine (and, really, why would I?). So I was surprised by his conversational deftness as a communicator. It’s rare for a career politician to seem so normal. He has the affect of an earnest suburban Dad. Not that he will be able to do anything to soften or change Hillary’s image, but–assuming no defining gaffes over the next week–he’s not going to do any harm and might help at the margins.
A couple of other observations from this afternoon: I get that his speaking Spanish is an asset given that Democrats want to run up the score among Latinos, but it was over the top today; as someone noted on Twitter, it’s remarkable how many of the attacks on Donald Trump are unique to Donald Trump, i.e. they are attacks that wouldn’t have been possible to lodge against any other Republican; Hillary is going to hammer Trump’s contention that he alone can solve the nation’s problem as 1) patriarchal (one man saying he can fix the country, 2) authoritarian, 3) a symptom of how he can’t work with others; Clinton will also try to make many of his criticisms of the status quo unpatriotic attacks on the country itself; it was a very buttoned-up, polished event compared to the Pence announcement and the same will almost certainly be true of the convention this coming week–an advantage if the usual rules applies, but this year a significant slice of voters may consider this very professionalism a sign of inauthenticity and politics as usual.You know, for a guy who regularly lambastes Trump for talking about Trump, Lowry went from discussing Kaine right into hating on Trump. Could have mentioned the $186,899 in known gifts Kaine accepted as governor of Virginia. But why bother when you can dump on Trump?
So what did Lowry say about Mike Pence?
Trump is going to need a wingman who can believe six impossible things before breakfast; who can defend the Muslim travel ban during those times when it is Trump’s position and skate away from it during those times when it’s not; who can take any new controversy of the hour, defend it and explain it away; and who won’t ever let personal or philosophical standards get in the way.
There’s nothing to suggest that Mike Pence is up for the rigors of this political and media proving ground. The closest he’s come in his career was an unhappy experience defending his state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. His low-key Midwestern persona would risk utterly disappearing, compared to Trump’s outsized personality. The party’s excitement over him would be low to undetectable.No mention of the need for Kaine to do six impossible things before breakfast: 1. defend Hillary's latest security breach, 2. explain why she wasn't indicted, 3. explain why she should be rewarded with the presidency despite that, 4. defend the rise in terrorism on her watch as secretary of state, 5. defend Goldman Sachs buying her off with $250,000 speaking fees, 6. explain why she never apologized firo Benghazi.
But of course, Kaine does not have to defend Hilary.
That's the Washington press corps's job -- and Lowry now is a member of that team.
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