Former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder endorsed Democrat Tim Kaine yesterday in Richmond, but not without the feeling of party duty. That’s been the Kilgore campaign’s talking point on the event, but reports of the event confirm it. One of Kaine’s hallmark positions in the campaign is his support for the 2004 “budget reform” (read: enormous tax increase). As governor, Wilder closed a large deficit without raising taxes (we call it “cutting spending”) and he still disagrees with last year’s hike.
Oddly, the Richmond Times-Dispatch article (linked above) explains Wilder’s delay in endorsing Kaine as a tactical choice: “he ‘wanted to show that it wasn’t the usual partisan endorsement.’”
The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star has a different story: “Asked why he waited so late…, Wilder said he was seriously weighing the candidates.”
Seriously weighing the candidates until the last week in the race? Sounds like a tough choice: buck the party (again), endorse a Republican, and cause an uproar, or endorse a mediocre, tax-raising Democrat.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?