After having Tim Kaine work part-time as Virginia Governor while he served as head of the Democratic National Committee, quotes like this just prompt riotous outbursts of laughter:
But in the middle of his second week in office, Republican Robert F. McDonnell is taking some time away from his duties in Richmond to deliver the response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, give a speech to Republican members of Congress about how he won his campaign and hobnob at the Alfalfa Club dinner in Washington.
Democrats, who have been urging McDonnell to provide more guidance on how to close the multibillion-dollar budget shortfall, question whether the diversions are wise given all that the state faces.
“My view is, this governor ought to be at home taking care of Virginia,” said C. Richard Cranwell, a longtime legislator and now chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party. “It concerns me in this environment he is off to these other things that take him away from the job at hand.”
Cranwell, are you completely insane? For the past few years Kaine has been jetting off to keynote fundraisers for Democratic Party candidates all across the country and busily trying to prevent public disclosure of the extent of his partisan travels. Kaine spent more time campaigning for John Corzine in New Jersey than he evidently spent working on this year’s budget, one so ridiculous a key revenue measure failed in the House of Delegates with not a single vote in support of it.
And now Little Dickie Cranwell is complaining that having Bob McDonnell deliver the response to the State of the Union Speech from the floor of the House of Delegates is an unwarranted distraction from his duties? Compared to Tim Kaine’s jet-setting? Wow, that’s desperation, if that’s all Democrats can come up with these days.
Gosh, I hope Dickie Cranwell stays as head of the DPVA forever.
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