RICHMOND — Even before Sen. Timothy M. Kaine (D-Va.) was unveiled Friday as Hillary Clinton’s running mate, liberal groups were teed up to criticize the pick.
Kaine’s boosters say that Kaine, a former Virginia governor and chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is far more progressive than many of his critics realize.
But several organizations, including some with ties to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the runner-up in the Democratic primaries, sharply questioned Kaine’s liberal bona fides, pointing to Kaine’s support of trade deals and regulations favorable to big banks.
Stephanie Taylor, the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, worried that Kaine’s support of a pending trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership could allow Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to “outflank” Clinton on trade.
On Friday, Norman Solomon, the coordinator of a group billing itself as the Bernie Delegates Network, called Kaine “a loyal servant of oligarchy.”
“If Clinton has reached out to Bernie supporters, it appears that she has done so to stick triangulating thumbs in their eyes,” said Solomon, whose organization claims to represent hundreds of Sanders delegates attending the convention in Philadelphia but is not coordinating with the campaign.
The group has threatened to protest during the Democratic convention with Kaine on the ticket.
Winnie Wong, an Occupy Wall Street veteran who founded the group People for Bernie, was also underwhelmed with Kaine’s pick, calling it “unsurprising and predictable.”
“It shows a woeful disregard to the progressives who fought so hard this year to create conditions for transformational change this country desperately needs,” Wong said. “Team Clinton did the math on this horse race and they are betting on Tim Kaine to court those white male moderate/Indy voters who won’t vote for her. I doubt they can be moved.”
Kaine’s selection was touted by other traditional boosters of the Democratic Party, including several labor union leaders. […]
I really don’t think the coal unions and workers in Virginia are going to be comforted by this choice. Hillary has threatened their livelihoods and that is all they will care about. Kaine has no clout, should she get to the Oval Office.
Note to the MSM photogs: The more you post photos of Hillary like this the more crazy, evil, and diabolical she looks.
Oh, and they are trying to compare him to Pope Francis, which to me ain’t a good thing…
Tim Kaine's deep Catholic faith is in the tradition of Pope Francis https://t.co/KUMBpD3JhT
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) July 23, 2016
It looks like Hillary Clinton had reservations about choosing Elizabeth Warren as her running mate.
— Aleister (@AmericanGlob) July 23, 2016