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Tim Kaine's Contrarian Weekend

Garren Shipley - April 16, 2018

If you were paying attention to the news this weekend, it was hard to miss Tim Kaine. 
 
On Friday, while Republicans and Democrats alike applauded the multi-national effort to punish Bashar al-Assad  for murdering civilians with chemical weapons, Tim Kaine took the opportunity to go after President Trump.
 
Senator Kaine was out with a statement attacking the President — calling the strike “illegal” and “reckless” — almost before the operation was even over. And while Democrats took a moment to acknowledge the brave men and women of our armed forces who were carrying out the strike, Tim Kaine didn’t.
 
But it didn’t end there. Kaine also announced his opposition to Mike Pompeo’s nomination to be Secretary of State, citing Pompeo’s “anti-diplomacy position.” 
 
Even the Washington Post Editorial Board — hardly a bastion of conservative thought — has called for Pompeo’s confirmation.
 
Kaine has been here before, but on the other side. He had a much different take when he was denied an appointment to his cabinet back in 2006. Then-Gov. Kaine appointed Danny LeBlanc to be Secretary of Commerce and Labor. When the House of Delegates declined to approve the appointment, Kaine went ballistic and strongly implied that he’d get even.
A visibly angry Kaine vowed to keep LeBlanc, a longtime friend, as a powerful but informal adviser during the remainder of his four-year term. And he warned Republican leaders that their decision to reject LeBlanc will have lasting consequences in their relationship.
"They have taken a huge leap, way past any degree of partisanship that's ever been shown in this commonwealth, and they have decided that Washington-style, McCarthy-style politics is what they want to practice here in the House of Delegates," Kaine said after a House committee signaled the Republicans' intentions by voting 13 to 8 against the nomination Tuesday morning. "And they are going to regret it." 
Please consider the following quote from me as you cover Tim Kaine’s actions:
"Tim Kaine just can’t seem to get over 2016, but for the good of our country, he must put his anger and disappointment behind him. It’s time for him to stop lashing out at President Trump, and start working with him to support our troops and ensure that he has the counsel he needs.” — Garren Shipley, RNC spokesman

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