In his Sunday sermon, Richmond Times Dispatch columnist Jeff Schapiro offered his assessment of the fallout from the Fairfax debate between George Allen and Tim Kaine. As is always the case with Jeff, he believes George came out with new problems to face, new hurdles to overcome, even bigger questions to answer.
Same chorus, different day.
But, remarkably, Jeff also managed to stick his keyboard stiletto into Tim Kaine’s back:
The usually disciplined Kaine opened himself to a fresh attack by Allen, saying he’d consider a minimum income tax for all Americans. Kaine later made matters worse, claiming he wasn’t committed to the idea; rather, that he’d think about it. In politics, when you’re explaining, you’re losing.
Or tried to. Kaine never elucidated a tax ‘em all position on his Web site, they write, so it’s not a real issue. George Allen is all gauzy generalities and no substance. Or the kicker, from PolitiFact unsurprisingly, Kaine doesn’t have a plan to raise taxes on everyone and anyone who says otherwise is lying.
This is hogwash.
Kaine’s statement in Fairfax last week was eerily similar to a statement he made just 72 hours after winning the 2005 election:
[Continue reading Norman Leahy’s post at Bearing Drift.]
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