This is an element of this vice-presidential selection process I find distasteful.
Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia has been a strong supporter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal favored by President Obama and others within the Democratic Party.
Now, though, Kaine is about to perform a 180-degree switcheroo and will oppose the TPP as a sop to Democratic Party progressives who might be unhappy with Hillary Clinton’s selection of Kaine as her running mate.
So, which is it, Sen. Kaine? Are you for the deal or against it … on principle?
What changed in the TPP treaty that caused him to turn himself inside out?
Oh, nothing! Politics got in the way.
Politicians do this kind of so-called “pivot” all the time. My favorite example has been George H.W. Bush flipping from pro-choice on abortion to pro-life the instant he agreed to run in 1980 with Ronald Reagan.
Kaine is about to become another politician who seems willing to demonstrate that principle — on many issues — matters less than political expediency.