January 21st, 2009
02:45 PM ET
8 years ago

Kaine officially becomes DNC chair

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine officially became chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Wednesday afternoon, succeeding Howard Dean.

"Howard, I have no doubt that any future success that we have will be due in large part to your incredible work," Kaine told Dean. "I feel like I am taking over for someone who just won three Super Bowls in a row."

Kaine’s election wasn’t completely unanimous: When Dean, presiding over his final meeting of the committee, asked for a single voice vote on Kaine’s candidacy, he was answered by party members with an overwhelming chorus of “yea.”

But there was apparently one objection - a single "nay" emerged from somewhere in the audience of DNC members.

Dean is now known as "chairman emeritus."

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Plan With the End in Sight

    Mr. Kaine ....

    Determine what legislative and policy victories you want to brag about in 2012 and set about getting them done now. Review this list monthly for progress.

    Pick those middle of the road things that the independent voter will relish and push them hard. Either the Republicans will have to follow your lead or be seen as obstructionists.

    Finally, position women in leadership roles so that they are groomed for offices like Attorney General, Treasury, Defense & Commerce.

    I would love to see Hillary Clinton move out of Secretary of State in 2012, have Biden Step into that role and name a 50-something Latina as Vice President so that she could learn the ropes under Obama and win in 2016,

    January 21, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. R Lloyd Heberden

    I have only one brief remark, or you could say a suggestion;
    go back to The Way it had been with displaying all States of
    the United States in just one color, or as shown on Maps and Atlases!
    In our Pledge of Allegiance, there is the sentence that goes like
    this: "One Nation, under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all! That, in itself, would do away with the RED AND BLUE sTATES,

    January 21, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. cat

    How long was Howard Dean been the DNC Chairman. If one year, and look at where the DEMS are now.
    Unless for other reasons that are not being told in this story. I think that letting Howard go BIG MISTAKE....

    January 21, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Willy Brown

    Now if we can only get him to resign from the governors office today so we can begin to rebuild after 2 lousy democrat governor’s rule.

    January 21, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Scott the Independent

    That one voice should be identified. Lets put away the toys your not kids anymore.

    January 21, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Vic

    Maybe this worthless empty suit will actually accomplish something as chair of the DNC.

    January 21, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Simmy

    After this election, DNC Howard Dean has become a hard act to follow. Don't hesitate to get advice from him. He knows a few things, to say the least. Best to you Sen. Dean.

    January 21, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Mike

    what happened to that moron, Dean???

    January 21, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. John in VA


    Lousy you say? Have you forgotten how Warner cleaned up Gilmore's mess? He came into office with a defecit and left with a surplus, and he was elected Senator by a landslide. I'd hate to imagine how high your expectations are.

    January 21, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |