I just finished watching and listenning to this video made in Miami https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK9AmZftdWw , coverring the introduction of Tim Kaine as the VP candidate of the Democratic Party.
Midway through his speech, I was got a feeling that only got stronger as he went on. Initially, I saw his bodily image as ho-hum, and then his voice was so much less than I had wanted. However, instead of being underwhelmed by those superficial traits, I found they had not gotten in the way of the intellectual content he sought to present.
More than that, even as I found message behind his presentation, I found layers of message behind his message, in varying degrees of goodness. I am very unsure that I can do justice to those messages, but they proved strongly reassuring. What seemed the most significant to me was the return to sanity and the business of politics. Sure, both Tim & Hil mentioned the opposition, complete with negative adjectives and adverbs, but they were mostly telling a coherent story addressed to the kind of mainstream America that I grew up with, in a way that showed that they both knew how to actually “walk the walk”. The selection of Tim seems to be a practical choice that shifts the Dems only a tiny bit to the right while suggesting that the team is likely to deliver plenty. A team that does not waste effort on fanatical ideologic battles but finds whatever possible cooperation in the pursuit of shared values will always get more done.