Tim Kaine is my friend. We disagree on some things. There are many, however, on which we completely agree. He exemplifies the qualities of a politician. Some of that is good, some bad, but as Tim once said to me, “one must do certain things in order to get into the position that allows one to be able to do those things that matter most” (paraphrased).
A very long time ago Mr. Kaine (now Governor or Senator Kaine) sat with me in Richmond, Va. and we talked. It was a long conversation and it was a conversation between trusted friends. In that conversation he said to me “Scott, one day I intend to be Governor of Virginia” I laughed. He was serious, though, and he looked me in the eye without smiling and said something like “I will be Governor”
Decades have since passed and I have been proud of what my friend has accomplished. He did it differently than I might have, but he did the things that he set out to do and he did them well. I last saw him at Creigh Deeds’ speech in Hampton Roads, Va. and it was wonderful to see him, and to get a brief time to talk with President Obama and Senator Kaine.
I had expected to see Senator Kaine as a candidate for President in this cycle. He is a party guy and he is a brilliant strategist and politician. Hillary Clinton, another brilliant person, who does things, also does many of those things differently than would I.
I recently heard that she is considering Senator Kaine for her vice-president.
Hillary Clinton official Secretary of State Photo
There is no single man in the U.S. who would be a better V.P. for Senator Clinton. He would be a great asset to her administration, and he would be a great asset to her campaign. He offsets her hawkish demeanor and he brings organization to her campaign at a time when it is desperately needed. Also, he has the political collateral to galvanize the Democratic party at a time when the Republican party is coming apart at the seams.
One thing, though, is certain, as my good friend, David Johnson (Columbiana County Republican Chairman) recently said to me, “This will be an interesting election”