Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Kilgore Firing On All Cylinders

The Kilgore campaign is firing on all cylinders tonight with the new death penalty ads- the first couple of times through, it was just - wow. (Just caught it on TV- it looks, well, comcastic) Its good to see the Kilgore campaign taking the momentum in the wake of the debate on Sunday and aggressively moving to take ground from Kaine on the death penalty. It's an absolutely weak-ass position for Kaine, in opposing the death penalty but costantly pledging to 'enforce the law'. People respect those that take a stand- if Tim Kaine is opposed to the death penalty then he should say so and stand on that. Instead he prefers to be John Kerry 2.0 and oppose the death penalty but promise to support it when he gets into a position where he could actually do something about it. What is the good of having beliefs when you aren't planning to fight for them? Politics is the business of turning ideas into actions, and Virginia Governors have an enormous ability to do things. Why should I give that power to someone who has to promise me he won't use it? Parenthetically, on the "I'll enforce the law" position, its my interpretation that the law provides for the Governor to grant clemency or impose a moratorium a la Governor Ryan in Illinois, so technically Tim Kaine could be the next Ryan and still "enforce the law". The politics of these ads are all upside for Jerry Kilgore. Every time Tim Kaine has to say, "I'm personally opposed to the death penalty but I'll enforce the law" compared to Jerry Kilgore's no-nonsense position, Kilgore and the 68% of Virginians that agree with Kilgore will win every time. Sorry, Timmy Warner/Kaine, democracy is the suspicion that more than half the people are right more than half the time- and you aren't one of the good half on the death penalty, friend.


At 10/12/2005 03:43:00 AM, Blogger I'm Not Emeril said...

I'm not sure in which markets Kilgore has placed the newest death penalty ads, but last night Sean Hannity took it Statewide (as well as national) by featuring it prominately on his show.

At 10/12/2005 08:56:00 AM, Blogger neocon22 said...

Does Tim Kaine take a real stand on any issue? His last ad accused Jerry of planning to raise taxes. His accusation was obviously negative, which poses the question of why Kaine found it necessary to support the infamous Warner tax increase. Is Kaine for a tax increase or against it? Another question, does anyone know exactly what Kaine's stand on abortion is? He has said he's actually pro-life, but I have heard his volunteers call him pro-choice.

At 10/12/2005 09:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not think this is a key issue. People are making a huge economic mistake if they vote largely or solely on the basis of a candidate's position on issues such as death penalty, abortion.
The candidates, if they become governor, will have little influence on changes here

The key issues are the Virginia economy, education, and health-care issues. Here is where a governor can have influence. One should cast one's vote on the basis of these issues!

At 10/12/2005 09:51:00 AM, Anonymous Informed Patriot said...

While I agree in theory with the last anonymous that economic and hard policy matters should trump social issues in determining one's vote, this election is going to come down to turn out of each party's base and you need to throw the red meat issues to them. That being said, I think Kilgore still wins based on those other non-'social, value' issues. Kaine lacks any health care plans, except for rewarming a Republican idea of pooling small businesses for health care. Jerry has new and innovative approaches to health care, including private partnerships and an emphasis on technology. The same can be said of education and job growth- Kilgore has fresh ideas, Kaine has Warner's coatails. And when you actually examine Warner's record, its not that impressive, even exempting the broken campaign promise to not raise taxes. With the bump from these ads, it could turn into a walk.

At 10/12/2005 09:51:00 AM, Blogger neocon22 said...

this wasnt my point, about his actual stance on social issues. it was to show that kaine has no real stance on anything, but rather floats with whichever way the political winds take him. hes an opportunist. when it was popular to follow the warner tax increase, he did. now all of a sudden he's portraying kilgore as a tax raiser, which from the look of his ads is a negative thing. so which is it? as for the social issues, it is just indicative of Kaine's inability to take a firm stand on anything.

At 10/12/2005 12:16:00 PM, Blogger MR JMS said...

I will say that as a Catholic I do not like Kilgore going after what tends to be one of our major beliefs. While I may have a different position than the church on a personal level I do completely see the justification used by Kaine.

Also, why is the death of an Officer being used for political purposes?

Simple thing is this... Neither candidate is truly in-favor of a culture of life in Virginia. Can not have your cake and eat it too.

At 10/13/2005 11:18:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. My respect for Kilgore and everyone defending this has completely collapsed. I know there are increasingly fewer and fewer lines that can't be crossed without offending basic decency, but at least for me, there still are some. It's sad to see how little that matters anymore when crass political gain is on the line.


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