I just want to say that Tim Kaine brought it home tonight. I was a little unsure about how great his preformance would be but I was thoroughly impressed. He walked carefully through the response and tied it all back to Virginia. He used the Commonwealth as a chance to say that it can be done. That we can be bi-partisan, that we can make a diffrerence. And honestly if the speech itself didnt do it for most americans... they wouldn't have a choice because they would have been hypnotized by his magical eyebrow.
Kaine was a great choice for tonights response for a variety of reason's, not the least of which being that he is a star Democrat in a formerly solid red state. He articulated so well, as he did in the campaign, that his policies are tied to his faith. This is the first step to bringing the Democrats and the "Religious Left," as good ole James Carville and Paul Begala would call it, out of the woodwork.
This is the rhetoric that would have put more states into play in 2004 and would have carried more of the red states Democrats should have won. If the biggest winner of tonight's response is Tim Kaine, then presidential hopeful Mark WArner and the rest of the national Democrats are not far behind.
This is they type of rhetoric and strategy we need to follow in the upcoming 2006 and 2008 cycles. We can't let the Republcan Party co-opt God and steal away with elections as they have in the past few years. Thanks Timmy for putting up a good fight and reminding America that it can be done and that we shouldn't listen to the stingly partisan agenda of the right!