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Kilgore's Ads Make No One Look Good

When John Kennedy said in the 1960 campaign that his first allegiance was to his country, not to the pope in Rome, he was allaying the fears of Protestants who incorrectly believed that Catholics mindlessly followed the Vatican's directives. Kaine is trying to wrap himself in Kennedy's glow, but this is a different issue. Many American Roman Catholics reject some of the church's teachings. If Kaine said, okay, here's where I differ with my church, most voters would accept that. Instead, he embraces those teachings in his heart, yet resolves to ignore them in his daily work. That's just too cynical.

Yet it is not even in the same realm of cynicism as Kilgore's spots. Few Virginians put the death penalty, abortion, guns or gay adoption even close to the top of their concerns, yet those issues are at the heart of Kilgore's campaign.

Here's what matters: Neither of these guys has any intention of attacking Northern Virginia's transportation mess. Neither will come clean about the need to raise and spend money.

So Virginians must choose: Insist that candidates speak to the issues that hit home, or sit back and enjoy Kilgore's spots as a fine example of the high art of the American cleverness industry, based on the bedrock belief that voters are dumb as stumps.

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