The Fix's Aaron Blake breaks under why autonomous presidential candidate Hillary Clinton chose Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to be her to run mate. (Whitney Leaming/The Washington Post)

Hillary Clinton isn"t someone that takes numerous risks. She"s a meticulous thinker who nearly never leaps prior to looking. That caution has not constantly worked in she favor, politics speaking, but it is, without question, her defining trait.

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Clinton"s an option of Tim Kaine, the Virginia senator, to be her vice-presidential to run mate reflects that caution -- coupled with a confidence the this general election gyeongju is hers to lose.


From the begin of the vice-presidential choice process, Kaine has constantly been at or near the height of any type of list the potential contenders. The reason is simple: He checks lots and lots the the timeless boxes one looks because that in a evil president.


Kaine comes from a totter state. He has executive and legislative experience. (Before going to the Senate, Kaine was governor of Virginia from 2005 come 2009 and also mayor of Richmond before that.) He has a solid Catholic religious background. (He was a missionary the end of college.) He speaks fluent Spanish. He had actually been vetted favorably through then-Sen. Obama throughout the 2008 presidential campaign.


And, many importantly, Kaine is a secure presence. That has been in the nationwide spotlight -- both throughout the 2008 vetting and during his stint as democratic National Committee chairman native 2009 come 2011. The knows just how to take care of the media, the scrutiny and also the strikes that come through a high-profile perch. He"s even-keeled amid chaos.


The flip next of all of that is that Kaine is occasionally -- okay, regularly -- described as "boring." "I am boring," he joked in an interview through "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd critical month. Yet the reality that Kaine is an ext workhorse than showhorse is what commended him come Clinton. Much from gift a negative, Kaine"s steadiness -- contact it boringness if you desire -- was a large positive.


Remember that running mates tend to either reinforce or undermine the wider narrative the presidential candidate is trying come sell. When Bill Clinton picked Al Gore in 1992, it to be a doubling under on the fresh-faced sons of the new South. (That to be good.) as soon as John McCain named Sarah Palin in 2008, the undermined his crucial message against Barack Obama of endure vs naivete. (That was bad.)


In naming Kaine, Clinton is making that clear the she favors plan chops end pizzazz, governing over glitz. She hopes that cd driver a really stark contrast with the showmanship and celebrity the Donald Trump. Trump card is talk, Clinton is action.


Clinton/Kaine isn"t the world"s most exciting ticket. That"s ~ above purpose. Clinton clearly believes that the electoral map and the demographic realities of the country favor her. And that as lengthy as she walk nothing come roil the waters, she is most likely to success in November.


If Clinton felt as though she necessary to either court the liberal left or an ext broadly shake up the race, she would have chosen someone like Sen. Cory Booker, an african American, or Elizabeth Warren, a free icon. But Clinton didn"t, and, in truth, I"m not sure just how close she ever came to picking anyone other than Kaine.

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The Kaine choose is Clinton sending a really clear message: This is my race to win, and I"m no going to take any type of unnecessary dangers along the means that can potentially screw the up.