Unfortunately, Kaine is actually one of the biggest examples of excessive targeting as Terry McAuliffe's final action as Chair was to empty the DNC bank account and sent it to Kaine. He is actually the example of only focusing on the next race instead of on party building. And the fact that the other part of McAuliffe's move was to screw over Dean and the 50-State Strategy is no small coincidence.
But if Obama cares about the long-term building of the party that means that Organizing for America may end up doing the DNC's job and the DNC doing OfA 2.0's job. Which is kinda backwards, but with only Kaine (and half-time at that) it might work out better.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Timothy M. Kaine ruled out serving a new Democratic White House as chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Wednesday.
Speculation about Kaine heading the party began after DNC Chairman Howard Dean announced Monday he will step down in January.
Kaine said at a news conference Obama's transition team asked him if he was interested in the position. He said his response was that he'd rather be governor and won't do both jobs.
"That's not something I'm going to do. I don't view that, frankly, as consistent with being governor, so I'm going to be governor," Kaine said. "I would view it as taking my eye too much off the ball about things that need to happen here."
Great catch on how 50-State Strategy wasn't in his statement. I was pretty freaked out when I searched for the term before even reading the whole thing.
How he could have appreciated the program enough to thank Dean twice for the success but not include a statement of continuation is pretty strange. I don't see how he couldn't have seen this coming unless he is extremely out of the loop. Which isn't a good sign for somebody who will only be a part-time Chair and needs to hit the ground running instead of getting up to speed.