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Kaine Will Be DNC Chair

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine will be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, according to the Post's own Mike Shear.

As Shear writes: "A personal friend of the president-elect, Kaine is a gregarious chief executive who is known to relish political combat and helped put Virginia in the Democratic column for the first time in almost 50 years."

Kaine is also out of a job in January 2010 thanks to the strange one-term limit rule that Virginia (and Virginia alone) imposes on its statewide elected officials.

Kaine, the first public official to endorse Obama's presidential candidacy, was one of the three finalists as Obama's vice presidential pick and was widely expected to be rewarded for his early and ardent support of the president-elect.

Although he did not emerge as the pick for any of the key Cabinet posts in an Obama Administration, Kaine's new post ensures he will be one of the central surrogates for the president's agenda over the first term.

The new role puts Kaine center stage nationally and will stoke talk of his next political step -- perhaps as a member of Obama's Cabinet in the second term or even a presidential bid in his own right in eight years time.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 4, 2009; 6:41 PM ET
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great choice!!!!

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | January 5, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the single consecutive term rule applies only to the Governor. Not to other state-wide elected officials. Note that Bill Bolling is running for re-election as Lt. Governor.

Posted by: JacksonLanders | January 5, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

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WHAT IS KAINE GOING TO DO TO CLEAN UP THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY


THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY NEEDS TO CLEAN UP ITS CORRUPTION AND HAVE A MECHANISM TO STOP THE PAY-FOR-PLAY AND THE DIRTY DEMOCRATS


THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY NEEDS TO POLICE ITSELF AND STOP OFFERING CANDIDATES THAT HAVE SCANDALS ALL OVER THE PLACE

The democratic party is CORRUPT - it keeps on coming up time and time again - If you do not believe the democratic party is CORRUPT then you are living under a deception and you do not see the reality.

New York Governor - This guy Spitzer was a total FRAUD and a HYPOCRITE


Hillary's developers giving money - Check out this scandal and why isn't it derailing her nomination?


A high level New Jersey Democratic Assemblyman was arrested for CHILD PORN on his state computer - YOU DO NOT SEE THE DEMOCRATIC HYPOCRITES TALKING ABOUT THIS SCANDAL LIKE THEY DID AGAINST MARK FOLEY, ATTEMPTING TO LINK FOLEY TO EVERYONE THEY COULD.


Illinois Blago - this is how the democratic party operates on a daily basis - you have only seen a bit.


Rezko THE LIBERAL MEDIA GAVE OBAMA A PASS ON THE CONVICTION OF OBAMA'S PAL REZKO - THIS IS CRAZY - EVERYONE IN THE COUNTRY SHOULD HAVE KNOWN ABOUT REZKO.


It just keeps going on and on and on Now people in the media are trying to say that New Mexico democrats are the most corrupt in the nation...


OH yea, what about Illinois?


What about the democrats in Louisiana?


Is anyone going to realize how bad the democrats are? I can not believe how many people are willing to overlook the corruption because they think the democrats are right about some issue which they never do anything about.


The democrats are extremly corrupt - they never end up helping the poor neighborhoods like they have been promising for decades.


The democrats are one FRAUD AFTER ANOTHER FRAUD


OBAMA WILL BE EXPOSED SOON ENOUGH. If you don't see how bad the democratic party is, you have been deceived and you are living under a fantasy.


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Posted by: Yes37thandORulesForever | January 5, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

MY POST SUNDAY NIGHT TO 'THE FIX' IS SUPPOSEDLY 'RECEIVED AND BEING HELD FOR BLOG OWNER.'

I'M NOT BUYING IT:

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/fight-censorship-post-blog-washingtonpost-com-thefix

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 5, 2009 2:34 AM | Report abuse

If I recall correctly, Virginia's laws don't mandate a single-term governor. They simply state that a governor cannot serve consecutive terms.

Posted by: JohninMpls | January 5, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse

"Tim Kaine: New Democratic Nat'l chairman!"


...meanwhile, the Repuglicans are busy defending Chip "magic negro" Saltsman and pushing for him to be the next RNC Grand Wizard.
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http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=873F5CD4-18FE-70B2-A8B30A8775165870
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Posted by: DrainYou | January 4, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Has a DNC chair ever gone on to be president? It seems to me that too much wheeling and dealing is necessary in that post to move to anything other than a selected post such as the cabinet or the court...it might doom him for a future election.

Posted by: nycLeon | January 4, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised they let Kaine go out without a minder, since he's a complete idiot. See the quote here:

http://24ahead.com/s/tim-kaine

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | January 4, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Re the one-term rule, which is indeed strange (and embarrassingly stupid): Somebody told me this weekend that the one-term limit was imposed on Virginia during Reconstruction as a punishment for housing the capital of the Confederacy. The idea was that never again would one leader in Richmond have that much power. Is this really the origin of the one-term rule or is that just an interesting story?

Whatever its origins, I believe this now can never be fixed. Mark Warner, one of our most popular governors in recent memory, tried to get the General Assembly to extend the governorship to two terms beginning AFTER his departure, so that it would not benefit him. They still wouldn't go for it.

That's because the rule hugely favors the General Assembly over the governor by making every governor a lame duck from day one. Of course this also does great harm to all of us in Virginia by depriving us of strong executive leadership, but as long as the state legislators can preserve their power this way, they are unlikely to change their minds.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | January 4, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

And MY Secret Service code name is "Secret Slippery Sausage." Ooooo!

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Posted by: Yes37thAndORules_Forever | January 4, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Go Virginia Democrats!! Woohoo!!

Posted by: AndyfromVA | January 4, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

His secret service codename is Kandy.

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Posted by: Yes37thandORulesForever | January 4, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

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