Leading up to the Democratic National Convention – that starts today in Philadelphia – Hillary Clinton has chosen her running mate: Tim Kaine.
Kaine is the Senator from Virgina and considered a safe – although maybe a bit boring – choice. He was the former chairman of the DNC and speaks fluent Spanish.
Kaine won’t energize progressives like Elizabeth Warren might have. He also won’t energize feminists – while Kaine supports his party’s pro-choice positon, he has said that privately he opposes abortion as a catholic.
But he comes from a swing state with a Democratic Governor, so his election wouldn’t loose the Dems a Senate seat. (Which was one of the main arguments against Warren, now that Democrats believe they have a chance to take back the Senate.)
On a more personal note, I once witnessed Tim Kaine win a spelling bee against political journalists – which means that a) journalists are really bad spellers, but also b) whatever Kaine says, we will know that at least he spelled it correctly. 😉