Kaine to take over as DNC chairman – AP (1/4/09):
President-elect Barack Obama has selected Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, two Democrats said Sunday.
Kaine plans to work at the party part-time until 2010, when his term as governor is up and he can take over the DNC full-time.
This is so awesome. Kaine is anti-choice, anti-gay marriage, and even anti-civil union. These positions are massively out of step with Democrats. Kaine’s one appearance on the nation stage was when he gave the Democratic response to the 2006 State of the Union address. It was awful. He’s been a bad enough Governor in Virginia that the blog Raising Kaine which was started to help him win in 2005 turned on him and eventually shut down in frustration. All of this, and he’s going to work part time for a full year?
We have a DNC chairman. His name is Governor Howard Dean, and he basically invented Obama’s path to victory.
Back in August I wrote:
The Democratic party is a brand, and it stands for some specific things no matter who its standard bearer happens to be at any given time. When Obama’s brand runs up against the Democratic brand, it’s Obama who should yield. Otherwise, we have a party tasked with electing a man who has promised that if elected, (and with big majorities in both houses of Congress) he’ll immediately start ceding ground to the other side.
Anyone want to tell me about Obama’s secret plans now? Anyone want to tell me I’m wrong?