By David Hylton
Vanity Fair says that former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine -- who is now a U.S. senator -- is "the rare blue unicorn who can connect with multiple Democratic interest groups" and would normally be a great pick for vice president ... just not this year.
In an online article titled "Could this be Hillary Clinton's worst possible VP pick," the magazine says this election cycle, "which has been defined by anti-elite rage on both sides of the aisle," doesn't play to Kaine's strengths.
"In any other year, Kaine would have ticked off all the boxes that a good VP would require, but... the Democratic base is looking for more than a white career politician who previously served as the party’s chief fundraiser," Vanity Fair says.
Kaine has previously downplayed any interest in becoming the vice president, telling MSNBC last month that "I like my job."
Earlier in May, CNN reported that there is increasing support for Kaine to be Clinton's pick if she secures the nomination.
"I would be 100% enthusiastic about Tim Kaine being our vice presidential candidate," Peter Buttenwieser, a major Democratic donor and Clinton backer, told CNN.
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