Where is the line between politics and governance

The Washington Post has an excellent article up this morning

Some key snippets are below

As if we needed more evidence, Tim Kaine is no Mark Warner and is a partisan hack of the highest order

Kaine’s efforts reveal a side of the governor that few residents know about. Although Kaine often preaches bipartisanship, the Harvard University-educated lawyer can be a tenacious partisan, spending hours strategizing over how to bolster the state’s Democratic Party, according to his staff and friends.

“Tim’s commitment to party-building has been exceeded by no governor in recent memory,” said C. Richard Cranwell, chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party.

Some senators who were willing to work together with Kaine in the name of compromise eventually got yanked.

Although he found GOP allies in the Senate, the House leadership balked, which prompted a budget impasse that almost forced a government shutdown. During the battle, top Senate leaders tried to get assurances from Kaine that he would not target them in 2007 if they continued to work with him to enact his transportation proposal.

“I said, ‘Tim, what you are asking us to do makes us politically vulnerable, and before we would be willing to do something like that, we would want a commitment that you are not going to come after GOP senators next year,’ ” recounted Sen. Kenneth W. Stolle (R-Virginia Beach). “He came back and said, ‘I can’t give that commitment.’ “

So much for bipartisanship, for Democrats in this election cycle its our way or the highway.  Voters should remember this as they head to the polls.  Do voters really want Raising Kaine type rhetoric in control of Virginia’s future.


~ by novamiddleman on October 30, 2007.

One Response to “Where is the line between politics and governance”

  1. I thought some of the same things (contrasting Kaine and Warner) reading the article. Warner would not have (and I’m sure did not in this cycle) campaign against moderate republicans. I always appreciated that about him. While he probably had the “luxury” of a Senate not in play–a good legislator is a good legislator, regardless of party. Mark Warner not only knew that–but acted like it.

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