The DCTimes has a good analysis of the problem facing Tim Kaine now:
But while the plan's last-minute approval gives Kaine the opportunity to make good on his campaign pledge, it also could rob Kaine's Democratic Party of a compelling issue when all 140 lawmakers face the voters Nov. 6.
For months, Democrats have been hammering Republicans for the bickering that led to years of stalemate over the budget, taxes and transportation. In partisan speeches, Kaine had promised to seek "new partners" in the General Assembly, a thinly veiled code for his desire to unseat Republican lawmakers.
If the Republicans had failed to deliver a roads plan again this year, Democrats would have been able to run this fall against a do-nothing GOP legislature. Now, they need a new tactic. The roads plan on Kaine's desk is clearly from the Republicans. Only a handful of Democrats voted for it
According to the article, Kaine will be touring the state talking about how its bad for teachers, bad for police, blah blah blah. The usual Democrat diatribe. But Kaine now faces a problem in Northern Virginia. Certainly the Democrats have their eyes on the Senate - Ken Cuccinelli, Jeannemarie Devolites-Davis, and Jay O'Brien specifically. But how does he attack those senators for voting on a bill that NOVA delegates Steve Shannon, Mark Sickles, David Bulova, David Poisson, Chuck Caputo, and Dave Marsden ALL voted for?
So how can Tim Kaine come to Northern Virgina and attack a plan that the NOVA Delegation, outside of Alexandria, almost uniformily voted for?
In fact, yesterday word got out that Tim Kaine unleashed a explitative-laiden threat on the Democratic caucus to block this thing. Looks like that didn't work on the above delegates. What is interesting here is that it shows that despite all the press on the NOVA Republican seantors being in trouble, the NOVA Democratic delegates were in an equal amount of trouble if they came home empty handed.
Kaine went all-in in stopping this measure in the Senate, and he failed. His biggest problem is best articulated here:
"Now they have a lot less argument about us not providing a transportation plan and providing leadership on this issue," Del. Thomas Davis Rust (R-Fairfax) said. "Clearly, the Republicans provide the leadership, because I am not aware of any Democrat transportation plan."
So Timmy, your move. Take note from the end of the Post article:
In Virginia, voters typically reward governors who get things done. Republican George Allen was popular as he left office, having ended parole and revamped welfare. Democrat Mark R. Warner turned his budget and tax victory into a reputation as one of the nation's most efficient governors.
So far, Kaine does not have a legacy-making success. A transportation bill that he and his party can live with would go a long way toward giving him one.