Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine (D): A skilled and confident communicator
This could be the best State of the Union rebuttal ever. Anyone who has ever met Tim Kaine in person, or even taken the time to listen to a speech on television, knows that Virginia's Governor is an exceptionally talented communicator. Kaine, a former civil rights litigator, has a knack for communicating key ideas and hammering them home in a way that people understand.
Contrast this to a President whose speeches are often re-dubbed to eliminate minor errors of pronunciation and who is the center of a cottage industry based upon his proven ability to produce malapropisms (now known as "Bushisms"). President Bush often has trouble convincing listeners that he really knows what he's talking about. When he is juxtaposed with Governor Kaine, the contrast will be a painful one for Republican partisans.
I doubt any high school forensics class ever saw a more mismatched pair: the hard-working middle-class honor student versus the hard-partying rich kid who hung out at the back of class and never paid attention, trusting to daddy's connections to help him slip by. This is going to be an oratorical massacre.
"Governor Kaine is the perfect choice to respond to the State of the Union Address," said a Democrat with knowledge of the party's State of the Union preparations. "He is a Democrat who was elected from a red state by focusing on the issues that affect all Americans and has a proven track record as a leader who successfully tackles the tough issues."The Washington Post carries the story here.