Democratic VP nominee Tim Kaine defies easy description. “Centrist” sticks to Kaine like a tattoo. The far Left thinks he looks like Ronald Reagan while those on the Right recognize that Kaine opposes some of their central tenets. (Kaine opposes NRA influence and supports Planned Parenthood, for example.) One thing that’s not in dispute about Kaine is his deep Catholic faith. Kaine’s faith informs his morality, which guides his legislating principles — tempered by a strong dose of pragmatism.
A man from his church who Kaine has known for thirty years is quoted as saying of Kaine: “We helped start the Men’s Group together.” That’s a real insight into Kaine’s style and thinking. Men’s Groups have gained in popularity especially in the 21st century, helping men work on integrity, trust, and direction — while providing them the opportunity to feel less alone in their pursuits. The idea behind Men’s Groups is that rugged individualism has its limits. Men’s Groups create a support system that allows men to share their challenges and ask for help when they need it. Kaine, a former missionary, approaches governing with a similar sensibility. His involvement in Men’s Groups is a clue to his character.