Despite his boss, President Barack Obama, calling on high-ranking officials to have "empathy" (especially judges), Governor/DNC Chairman Tim Kaine is showing a surprising lack of it toward the animal rights wing of the Democrat base. Yesterday, PETA announced it wants to rent Botetourt Correctional Center in Troutville, after the commonwealth closes it, for a chicken empathy museum (see nbcwashington.com). Early reports, however, are that the governor is hiding behind a policy that Virginia does not rent surplus buildings. He just may be right — these are tough times to be a governor. First, he betrayed the Planned Parenthood wing of the Democrat base by signing the Choose Life License Plate bill. Now he's betraying the animal rights base. That rascally right-wing Kaine!