<body><script type="text/javascript"> function setAttributeOnload(object, attribute, val) { if(window.addEventListener) { window.addEventListener('load', function(){ object[attribute] = val; }, false); } else { window.attachEvent('onload', function(){ object[attribute] = val; }); } } </script> <div id="navbar-iframe-container"></div> <script type="text/javascript" src="https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript"> gapi.load("gapi.iframes:gapi.iframes.style.bubble", function() { if (gapi.iframes && gapi.iframes.getContext) { gapi.iframes.getContext().openChild({ url: 'https://draft.blogger.com/navbar.g?targetBlogID\x3d9619367\x26blogName\x3dTalkingDonkeys\x26publishMode\x3dPUBLISH_MODE_BLOGSPOT\x26navbarType\x3dBLACK\x26layoutType\x3dCLASSIC\x26searchRoot\x3dhttp://talkingdonkeys.blogspot.com/search\x26blogLocale\x3den_US\x26v\x3d2\x26homepageUrl\x3dhttp://talkingdonkeys.blogspot.com/\x26vt\x3d3978450256514867916', where: document.getElementById("navbar-iframe-container"), id: "navbar-iframe" }); } }); </script>

Kaine, Faith and Democrats Part II

On Democrats and Faith: from Amy Sullivan, who always does a good job with this topic:

"The post-mortems of yesterday's elections will continue, but already one of the conclusions forming about Tim Kaine's victory in Virginia is that it shows how a religious Democrat can neutralize the recent Republican advantage on cultural issues and character.

Kaine talked about his faith consistently, starting from the very beginning of his campaign. He didn't throw it out as an honor badge for which he should get instant credit, but explained how his work as a Catholic missionary in Central America formed his commitment to public service. And although Kaine relied on his Catholicism to explain his personal opposition to both abortion and the death penalty, his insistence that as governor he should not impose his religious beliefs on others by blocking either one was an argument voters--if not pundits--understood and supported.

For those who say this is just a cute way to have it both ways, consider this: That might be true if Kaine just wanted to cultivate support with social conservatives while reassuring pro-choice voters that nothing would really change. But opposition to capital punishment isn't terribly popular in Virginia. If he's going to go ahead and allow executions to take place, he could have just shut up and kept his personal feelings quiet. Instead, Kaine chose to take an unpopular stand and explain his decision to voters.

I want to be very clear: I don't think Kaine won because of his faith. But he was able to use it to neutralize attacks that too often do in Democrats running in culturally conservative spots. That means he got to compete on actual issues--whether immigration or education or sprawl or health care. And that's good news for Democrats."

« Home | Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »

11/09/2005 04:54:00 PM

There were a lot of factors at play in the Virginia gubernatorial election. I agree with Ms. Sullivan that Kaine's faith was not some ploy because it would have been easier not to bring up a lot of issues for the Kilgore campaign to pounce on. Kaine's "culture of life" is consistent and sincere which gained the respect of the majority of Virginia voters.

I just posted on this subject so here's some from my blog:

Another factor at play yesterday was the increasing negative and desperate Kilgore campaign. I think we can say that the death penalty ads and the decision to attack Kaine on matters of his faith were miserable failures. Voters showed their displeasure by voting for Kaine or staying home. Was there a Bush backlash? I think there was some. It’s obvious that Bush’s last minute appearance with Kilgore did not win him any votes but I doubt that it lost him any votes either. What about Kaine talking about his faith? I think it helped him make connections with some voters but it works for Kaine because it is sincere. It is truly about who Tim Kaine is. Are politics local? Yes, Yes, Yes. None of the previously discussed factors would have mattered if Tim Kaine did not have a message and a plan for Virginia.    



» Post a Comment Permalink