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Obama Announces Kaine as DNC Chair

President-elect Barack Obama looks on as Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine speaks at the Democratic National Committee, where Obama announced Kaine as the new DNC chairman. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)

By Chris Cillizza
President-elect Barack Obama formalized his appointment of Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as the head of the Democratic National Committee today, installing a loyalist in the key political job.

"Tim and I share a philosophy," said Obama. "It is a pragmatic, progressive philosophy."

Kaine outlined three tasks he would seek to accomplish as head of the DNC: promote Obama's agenda, carry the "banner" of the party and work to expand on the civic engagement begun during Obama's campaign.

Both Obama and Kaine emphasized in their remarks a desire to find solutions to problems regardless of party affiliation -- an unusual declaration given that the Virginia governor was being named as the chief political surrogate for the incoming president. "We are the party of problem solvers and unifiers," said Kaine.

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By Paul Volpe  |  January 8, 2009; 4:49 PM ET
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Thank goodness you feel that way sm98yth. I'm sure you feel exactly the same way about the actions of VP Cheney, AG Gonzalez, and so on. Astounding that anyone would excuse the strong-arming of Justice Department employees to force them to recommend pardons for terrorists. It is frightening what partisans will accept in their own people. They are that myopic. If Holder were a Republican I'd say tar and feather him and run his nomination out of town on a rail. You probably think Clinton's pardon of child rapist Rep. Mel Reynolds was just fine, too.

Posted by: CaptainQ | January 9, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Holder should be approved since the cabinet serves the President, is appointed by the President with the approval of congress. What Holder did or did not do under the Clinton administration on the matter of pardening someone reflects on the President who at the time was Bill Clinton. It is my understanding that the pardening of someone is solely an executive privelidge. Clinton is the responsible one. Holder acted in his capacity to serve the President. He did not have the Power to Pardon.

Posted by: sm98yth | January 9, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about Kaine? What Obama should be worried about is his nomination of Eric Holder as Attorney General. Recent reports and interviews just made available show Holder strong-armed numerous Justice Department officials to change their opposition to the planned Clinton FALN terrorist pardons. Everyone was against it, the Justice Department attorneys, the FBI, law enforcement across the board. Holder forced people to actually change letters and reports that had already been submitted showing opposition to the pardons. These were terrorists who set off 130 bombs in America, killing six people and injuring numerous others.

"This is an outrage. There is no better word for it, in my view," said Rick Hahn, a former FBI agent who spent more than 13 years investigating the FALN, when told of the new details about Holder's role.

The son of one bombing victim agrees. "Eric Holder has been nominated for the top law enforcement position in the country, yet, if this is true, he supported and pushed for the release of terrorists," said Joseph F. Connor, whose father, Frank, was killed in the FALN bombing of New York City's Fraunces Tavern on Jan. 24, 1975. "How can he reconcile that? Why would he push for something so dangerous?"

Super, an attorney general who thinks we should pardon terrorists who set off 130 bombs that killed innocent Americans.

Posted by: CaptainQ | January 9, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"Kaine Officially Made DNC Chief!"

...meanwhile, Republicans are still pushing for Chip "magic negro" Saltsman to be the next grand wizard of the nearly defunct RNC.

Posted by: DrainYou | January 8, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse


So Kaine takes the VP slot in the second term when Joe becomes the elder statesman as a diplomatic emissary for Hillary?

Then Kaine challenges Hillary for the prez nomination in 2016... having curried favor with Dem pols nationwide?


Posted by: scrivener50 | January 8, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't there be a "-" in "Office of the President-elect"?

I had figured Kaine for a Cabinet spot once his current job was over, but I suppose Obama couldn't just automatically make a vacancy for him, so this makes sense. I suspect that, had the VP pick been solely a matter of who Obama would most want as VP, Kaine would have gotten it.

Posted by: SeanC1 | January 8, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone imagine any of the Democrats saying self reliance?

Posted by: leapin | January 8, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone imagine any of the Republicans saying "....regardless of party?"

Posted by: interactidiomas | January 8, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

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