NRSC mocks 'Captain Kaine'
March 1st, 2011
11:46 AM ET
11 years ago

NRSC mocks 'Captain Kaine'

(CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee wants supporters to 'Stop the Cheer Captain' before he starts. Though Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine hasn't yet made a decision on a U.S. Senate bid for Virginia's open seat, the NRSC has launched a new website to rally voters wishing to stop him in his tracks.

The website, found at, depicts a pom-pom wielding Kaine in a cheerleader's uniform backed by less than cheerful chants about the chairman's performance. Described as "dunkin on that stimulus, oh, he fumbled," Kaine is encouraged to "rock that rubberstamp" in a parody that is accompanied by an "album" of photos featuring Kaine with the commander-in-chief and Democratic leaders. "Captain" Kaine is branded as Obama's "number one cheerleader, cheering from the left."

A Democratic party source tells CNN, "They spent an awful lot of money and went to an an awful lot of trouble on this lame attack against someone not even in the race. I know they're going to have a bloody primary with deeply flawed candidates, but you'd think they'd be better at hiding how worried they are about it."

And a spokesman for the Democratic party of Virginia weighed in, saying "This ad makes two things clear. First, Republicans aren't funny. They just aren't. Second, they're aware of just how weak their prospects are in 2012. Making lame videos about a man who hasn't even declared to run might make them feel better, but it won't change the fact that they're facing a divisive primary and their favored candidate George Allen has already lost this seat after spending six mediocre years in the Senate running for president and complaining about how bored he was."

Democratic Virginia Sen. Jim Webb decided against a run for re-election last month, leaving Democrats reeling and determined to save the seat in a state that generally leans Republican. Two GOPers have already announced their candidacy: former Sen. George Allen, who was defeated by Webb in 2008, and Tea Party activist Jamie Radtke, who hopes to quell Allen's hopes of redemption.

Kaine, whose decision may come any day, is the most prominent name on the list of potential candidates, and has spoken with President Obama about the possibility of running. Though Obama has openly stated that Kaine would be a "great senator from Virginia" if he chose to run, former members of Congress from Virginia Tom Perriello and Rick Boucher are also on the possible candidate roster.

Filed under: NRSC • Tim Kaine • Virginia
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans don't have anything to mock, they have 4 potential candidates(Gingrich, Santorum, Huckabee and Palin) who are debating about keeping their lucrative Fox salaries that pays for their million dollar homes and healthcare. It's going to be interesting to see who will stay and who will go.

    March 1, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Danny Cali

    Go for it Mr. Kaine I hope you going to win so, do not care what other people say.

    March 1, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Dave

    I'd love to see Kaine in a race against Allen. Let's face it, the NRSC can put up all the lame websites it wants. They will never be able to disguise the fact that Allen is just a typical redneck with the IQ of a canned ham. If it wasn't for his father, Allen would be scraping gum off the sidewalk. That would make for a great website.

    March 1, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Oy Vey Az

    Better a Democratic cheer-leader than the Republican doom-leader or a Tea Party remedial-leader.

    March 1, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Bob

    More proof that snarky childishness is officially part of the Republican brand. Quite pathetic - and insulting to us voters.

    March 1, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. OneMoreTime

    This is one of the dumbest ads I have ever seen. Pathetic, hysterical, and just stupid.

    March 1, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Monster Zero

    Gimme an S, Gimme a P, Gimme a E, Gimme an N, Gimme a D...what's that spell?

    March 1, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. JulesT

    Cheerleaders are amazing! A sport that relies on meticulous, flawless routines, that requires 100 +% teamwork and cohesiveness ; and that is what it takes to succeed. So, even though the National Republican Senatorial Committee, a group that know very little about teamwork, is trying to insult, what they really did was give a much deserved compliment to the Democrats!

    March 1, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. NVa Native

    The GOP party of "wanna-bee school yard bullies” are nothing but nasty little people who feel the primal/tribal need to label everybody with a slur.
    Kiane is a decent person who did a great job as our Governor, just look to McDonnell our current Governor if you want to see a contrast.
    McDonnell and AG Cuccinelli couldn't wait to get in lock-step with Pat Robertson and his Christian Broad Casting money machine (scheming granny out of her money) to earn their pay and place in their “religion of choice” heaven. They promise jobs and balancing the budget. All they do is push bills to attack personal freedoms and anti-hate legislation while promoting their religion of choice. With the budget – they always just slash funding no matter whether the program works or not. A chimp could do that.

    March 1, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. jdmann

    The problem isn't any slurring or labeling. It's that the "humor" just isn't funny. Not "I'm offended" not funny; just not funny, period.

    March 1, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. ArmyCSM

    Hee Hee. Pathetically not funny!

    March 1, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. terry, va

    I want Kaine to run for the senate. He will be crushed like a bug!!! Obummie's socialist policies on on trial now. No way will Obummie or Kaine win in 2012.

    March 1, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Marge

    This is what Scalia and Thomas did when they illegally re-wrote a simple bill to read "let the corporations rule and put in all the money they want. THIS is the type of person the republicans have. The are crooks, corrupt P.O.S and deserve to have their citizenship taken away from them just like some idiot republican posters. These posters who have really really straw for brains who rant and rave against their own self interests. Maybe they think if the praise the corporations enough they will get a wiff of all that money.

    March 1, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    Hilarious NRSC!!! Very good way to let people know just what kind of loser Kaine is and that he is an Obama lackey to the Nth degree. A vote for Kaine is a vote to continue the failed policies of this president and his leftist buddies, reid and Pelosi.

    March 1, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. gt

    record unempolyment ..record spending...wont play well in the virgina or anywhere in 2012..tim is dead meat if he runs..

    March 1, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. NVa Native

    The Repubs always feel whenever they win, no matter how slim the majority, it some how gives them a self-imposed mandate to do what ever they want to appease their own base. The GOPs are nothing more than nasty pack of social parasites if you ask me.
    On the other hand Dems always feel they need to work for everybody which is best for everyone, but rarely pleases everybody.

    March 1, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. OneMoreTime

    @terry, va Using "Obummie" all the time is really O'Dummy of you.

    March 1, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Emerson

    Truly pathetic.

    March 1, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Rick in AZ

    Smear and Jeer, that's all the right wing has.

    March 1, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |