Rove's Kaine critique gains new irony with Palin pick
Atlantic Monthly editor Andrew Sullivan points out on his blog today that former White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove's assessment of Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) as a vice presidential candidate has new meaning now that Rove's party will soon nominate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) for the same office. "With all due respect to Gov. Kaine, he's been a governor for three years," said Rove of Kaine on CBS's Face the Nation on August 10. Palin has been Governor of Alaska for 21 months. Rove continued, "[Kaine] was mayor of the 105th largest city in America. And again, with all due respect to Richmond, Virginia, it's smaller than Chula Vista, California; Aurora, Colorado; Mesa, or Gilbert, Arizona; North Las Vegas, or Henderson, Nevada. It's not a big town." Before becoming governor, Palin was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, which had a population of 5,470 in the 2000 Census, compared to 179,790 in Richmond.