Hillary Clinton picked former Virginia governor Tim Kaine as her running-mate. She could have picked someone from the left wing of the Democratic party, so as to placate Bernie Sanders supporters, but instead she chose a widely-experienced government official with the reputation as a moderate. Perhaps her strategy is to reach out to those, including Republicans, who are alarmed by Donald Trump.
What do you think of her choice? Does this apparent move to the center calm any apprehensions you may have about her? Does this seemingly responsible pick make her seem more like the adult in the room, compared to the volatile and inexperienced Trump? Or is this a choice that could backfire? Might it cause many progressive Democrats, already frustrated with the way she shot down Sanders, to turn to Trump, given his populism and his “revolutionary” shakeup of the establishment? [Read more…]