Selfish Tim Kaine: He Has Two Jobs When Many Have NoneMay. 16, 2009
That was the the gist of a comment left on TimesDispatch.com today by a wit named Dave. I was going to blog on Governor Kaine's whine in today's T-D about the stress of taking on the DNC chairman job (here) when I saw Dave's hilarious take on it. It's priceless, really, calling out the liberal do-gooding spirit. My take is more standard: Remember when Governor Kaine said it was no big deal doing both jobs? From the T-D on January 28:
"The governor again defended accepting the DNC position given the demands of his current job in a state facing hard economic times and wrestling with a budget deficit of at least $3 billion.
"'How do they do it? They have great staff,' Kaine said. 'Being involved in politics is a good thing, not a bad thing. We need national unity right now.
"'. ... trying to be involved in a way, at the president's request, to help him promote his agenda and have him be successful is something that I consider very important.'"
He would be governor at day, DNC chair at night and on weekends, keeping tabs as need be, and letting the staff run it day-to-day until his term expired. Now, it turns out, it's much more than that. From today's T-D:
"He thanked them (the DNC executive committee) for their support and patience as he tries to tend to both tasks during a difficult time. 'I am trying to juggle two pretty challenging jobs,' he said. 'It's not an easy time to be a governor.'"
When is it ever easy, even in good times? The recession started last fall, and he still took the DNC chairman job in January. Is Governor Kaine saying he did not realize the difficulties and conflicts involved then? Perhaps it's no wonder he has missed each one of his budget projections — even with the so-called "stimulus" money — since his extracurricular activity started.
Since early 2008, the governor denied he was shirking his responsibilities here to campaign across the country for Barack Obama. Even with the state deficit rising and missing his revenue forecasts (despite General Assembly warnings), he kept campaigning. Now it's getting worse according to the latest figures, creating the need for still more spending cuts — or more printed (inflated) bailout money from his boss in D.C.
What gives, governor — Virginia or the DNC? As Dave said, you're multi-tasking, which means doing nothing well. So, perhaps, in such a crisis, maybe it's time to help out a Democrat down on his luck . . . and give him a job — your spare one.