Washington Post’s glowing portrait of pro-abortion Tim Kaine in stark contrast to hatchet job on pro-life George Allen
By Dave Andrusko
Virginia is not only a toss-up between President Obama and Mitt Romney, the race for Senate in the Commonwealth promises also promises to be every bit as close. Two former governors—pro-abortion Tim Kaine and pro-life George Allem—are in neck-and-neck race to replacing the retiring pro-abortion Senator Jim Webb.
The Washington Post is now well past the point of being able to be embarrassed, so throughly is the paper in the tank for Kaine. A perfect illustration are the back-to-back profiles, yesterday of Allen, today of Kaine.
A minor but illustrative point: you look on line and there is Kaine smiling and looking pleased. A woman is seen in profile off to the side. And there is the shot of Allen, a hugely unflattering side profile of him listening to an agitated middle-age man.
One of the Post’s best hatchet men was assigned to profile Allen. Every attack launched against Allen six years ago when he was upset by Webb, every mistake he made which was grotesquely magnified in 2006, was recycled in the first two hundred words. Not exactly the fairest way to introduce Allen.
Then there are headlines: “George Allen shows a more cautious, humbler side : Age, contemplation and harsh experience have altered the Senate candidate.” For his opponent, it’s “Tim Kaine’s moral convictions and political ambitions: While running for Senate in Virginia, Kaine finds time to wrestle with his conscience.” What a guy, wrestling with his conscience.
The piece sanctifies Kaine, the latest in a long series of stories that have placed Kaine on a pedestal. There was one time he may have sacrificed principle for political advancement: his opposition to the death penalty based on his Catholic faith. “Kaine adroitly defused the issue,” we’re told, “promising voters he would not block the state’s death penalty machinery, despite his personal beliefs.”
But he agonized—and no doubt this is likely true—each of the eleven times the death penalty was carried out. Thus, his one “failure” is turned into a strength, further evidence what a wonderful man Kaine is.
But what about abortion–opposition to which Kaine also cast as a “strict article of [his] Catholic faith” but which he had also promised voters he would remain neutral on?
“Abortion was easier,” the Post’s Steve Hendrix writes. “Kaine has straddled the issue, as many Democrats do, by abhorring abortion but leaving the decision up to each woman. Unlike capital punishment, abortion cases don’t routinely land on a governor’s desk.”
When I read that paragraph to my wife, she agreed they don’t:“They land in the bucket” that is placed alongside the abortionist’s table.
Yup, no need for Kaine to “wrestle with his conscience” the thousands of times unborn babies were aborted during his time as governor. That was “easier.”
As I’ve written many times, how DO these reporters look at themselves in the mirror?
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