Remember Tim Kaine? He was the Vice Presidential nominee of a presidential ticket so bad that, less than three months ago, it lost to Donald Trump – a candidate who seemed unelectable.
Despite this devastating losss, Mr. Kaine, whose amazingly bad performance in his debate conceivably changed enough votes in several close states for Trump to win them and seal his victory, seems to think he knows what his party needs.
From Kaine’s stint on today’s “Morning Joe” show:
“What we’ve got to do is fight in Congress, fight in the courts, fight in the streets, fight online, fight at the ballot box; and now there’s the momentum to be able to do this.
“And we’re not afraid of the popular outcry, we’re energized by it, and that’s going to help us do our job, and do it better.”
Translation: Timothy Kaine wants Democrats – i.e. the party which lost not just the presidency, but the senate and the house and the governor and statehouse majorities as well – to do everything it can to obstruct Republicans – i.e. the party voters put in charge of everything.
This is supposed to BENEFIT the Democrat Party. Wow.
I agree that it will get great press…from the same media who fewer and fewer people trust, and whose overt support for Democrats did not prevent last year’s cataclysmic election disaster.
And it will be celebrated by the hardline, leftward-most Democrats, whose support did not enable the party to win a thing last year.
But everyone else? Buh-bye.
This is is not just a losing strategy, it, literally, is the definition of a losing strategy.
To Democrats looking for a path other than Tim Kaine’s – one that does not lead to the end of a cliff – I have a suggestion.
How about doing some research, both qualitative and quantitative, to find out a) what attracted voters to a thin-skinned, egotistical barroom loudmouth type like Donald Trump and b) what was so bad about the Democrat alternative, that despite his obvious negatives, Trump won anyway. Then c) THINKING about what went so completely wrong and recalibrating your strategy and message.
Or, you can stay just as marginalized, just as much in a political straitjacket as you are now, and virtually guarantee another loss next time around – maybe even a worse one.
Your choice, guys.