And by "play hooky," I really mean "play the race card."
Let's get a little background, here. Last week, Virginia and West Virginia got the news that quite a few coal mines - which are a big part of our economies - were going to be idled, causing the loss of around 1200 jobs. George Allen realizes how critical these jobs are to Virginia, its economy, and its citizens, and is pointing out Kaine's ties to people and agencies which are hostile to fossil fuels.
Kaine, of course, has little to stand on, as you see in this article from this Washington Post (certainly no friend of sound energy policies) article, which attempts to puff Kaine up by listing his support for alternative energy:
On the campaign trail, Kaine also boasts of having adopted the state’s first comprehensive energy plan, which sought to achieve a balance between coal, nuclear, natural gas, wind and biofuels. He reminds people that as governor, he kept an open mind on the possibility of drilling for oil off Virginia’s shore.
Kaine said he understands the historical importance of coal and its future potential as technology reduces its impact on the planet. But he is also a believer in green energy that can produce jobs such as those at a General Electric plant in Salem where 700 workers build components for wind turbines and solar arrays.
“A third of new power in this country since 2007 that’s come online has been wind power,” Kaine said during a visit to Bristol’s Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival this month.
Yeah. I really love the line about "[keeping] an open mind on the possibility of drilling for oil off Virginia's shore." Keeping an open mind is very effective in creating new jobs, opening up new areas for energy production, and moving Virginia forward as an energy-producing state (yeah, yeah, "Commonwealth," I know). Really, it is!
Funny how nothing actually happened to meet those goals... Plus, at the moment, alternative energy is quite dependant on fossil fuels - both to make various pieces-parts as well as to, you know, provide the POWER to make and assemble those parts - and is also, comparatively speaking, far more expensive than fossil fuels.
Truth to tell, folks, I would totally LOVE to get my power from solar, wind, and geothermal energy, but right now the technologies are too expensive, too inefficient, and too far out of the average person's reach for a real changeover in the next twenty years or so. Keep up the research, keep up the development, absolutely - but at this time, alternative energy powering our economy in any meaningful way is a pipe dream for people suckered in by enviro-idiots (why, hello, Solyndra!)
Anyway, so George Allen is focusing on jobs ("It's the economy, stupid!"), reining in DC's insane spending, and getting this country back on track to being the economic powerhouse we naturally should be... And Tim Kaine wants to talk alternative energies and...
Well, his AFL-CIO attack dogs want to, anyway:
Workers' Voice is putting $54,000 into web ads hitting Allen in Northern Virginia over a range of race-related controversies. One ad says Allen "hung a Confederate flag in his living room," another that he "voted against MLK Day" and another that he "kept a noose in his law office." One ad just says "Macaca."
A Workers' Voice official said the ads will focus on voters in Northern Virginia and Richmond, both union members and non-union members, and particularly African-American and Latino voters.
Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine and his campaign have not attacked Allen in these terms -- at least not yet. But there's no question that the Democratic strategy for winning the Virginia Senate race involves casting Allen as a throwback to an earlier, more conservative and less diverse Virginia, and racking up support among women and the minority voters who have become increasingly influential in Virginia politics.
Seriously, guys? Y'all are union people; one would think that you would be concerned that your brothers in the coal mining industry were losing jobs and asking Kaine what his jobs plan is.
That reminds me - hey, Tim Kaine, what *IS* your jobs plan?
How about your plan to reduce government spending and invasive regulation?
Ah. Well, let's make this a little easier. How about your plan to promote solid debate about issues?
Yeah. Thought so.
Of course, Kaine does have to support and follow his Bestest Buddy, doesn't he?
Of course, that might not be such a good thing; Kaine is on record as saying that there might be more important things to focus on than jobs.
- Washington DC-based partisan group blast Kaine on coal (nice, unbiased headling, don't you think?)
- Tim Kaine's union allies ignore jobs, focus on race card in Virginia Senate
- Dems go for the race card; Allen (and everyone else) talks coal jobs, energy independence
- Virginia Black Consevative Forum calls on Tim Kaine to repudiate ads attacking George Allen as racist