November 2nd, 2010
10:32 PM ET
12 years ago

DNC Chairman takes home state losses hard

(CNN) - Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine is taking the loss of three Virginia House Democrats quite personally.

Kaine, the former governor of the commonwealth, called the electoral defeat of Reps. Rick Boucher, Glenn Nye and Tom Perriello "very, very tough."

"These are all friends," he told CNN.

As governor of Virginia from 2006 through 2010, Kaine presided over a golden period for Democrats, in which President Barack Obama was first Democratic presidential nominee to win the state in 44 years, both U.S. senators were Democrats and a majority of the House delegation were Democrats.

Now the House delegation will be overwhelmingly Republican, 8-3.

"That is discouraging. But you know, it is an indication Virginia is a very closely divided state like most of the country now," Kaine said.

Filed under: 2010 • Tim Kaine • Virginia
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Washington DC Insider

    Ironic that Virginia has gone red again. I think this has to do with our failed VA leadership who has dogmatically followed the President's policies even though the Virginians didn't want them. It sickens me that there is a red wave sweeping through American, but it makes me hopeful that Democratic Leadership will actually listen to the people. And thank God, Pelosi and Reid are gone...worse Democratic Leadership ever. Time for new blood, please don't give Pelosi a job in the House. And pick Dick Durbin to replace Reid.

    November 2, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  2. Corey

    That's how the cookie crumbles. The whole nation is divided. It seems that it is divided 50/50 between those that pay taxes vs those that don't pay taxes (I.e. rely on the govt for sustanance)

    November 2, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  3. Bobby

    The only person who is responsible for dividing this nation is our very own President. He has called people who do not believe as he does as " Enemies" of the country" For example, Republicans.
    He has pined Black against White. Poor vs Rich, etc. NO NO NO America, Obama is solely responsible for the division of this country. Not the people who tonight have voiced that enough is enough! and if you don't get it right, just you wait in 2 years Mr President, The people will rise again at the balot box with their balots at hand.

    November 2, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  4. Bob Dole

    It is very disheartening to hear about the Red wave sweeping the nation. I suppose Americans will get what they deserve: the same kind of authority that drove us into the ditch we're in now.

    November 2, 2010 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  5. Laughing all night long

    I hope the seniors get what they voted for. They voted for the people that want to put a means test for social security,get rid of medicare. Lets see what they will do when it happens.

    November 2, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  6. Grrr-Awful-O

    Virginia is not a liberal state. Why surprised now? It was an aberration that libs won anything at all in the Old Dominion two years ago. That worked out like a lead life preserver for the country so now everything is going back to normal. All the false promises were proven to be just that. Go away!

    November 2, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  7. Rock On

    Seeing the GOP win tonight is tooooo sweet!!! Go GOP!

    November 2, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  8. gridlock here we come!

    This whole process is sad, because most people have no clue what they just voted for! maybe everyone will get a clue when a loaf of bread costs $15,000, $30,000 for a gallon of gas and $100,000 for an iPhone! I will laugh!!!

    November 2, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  9. Amy

    the president has nothing to do with the country being dived, the country is just divide and always have been, its always been republican and democrats, our country has always been so focused on the two party systems, yes there are other parties but they don't have a chance and are not widely recognize like the big two, and in my mind we are only given two options really we vote for bad or bad and so we are not really given many options so, untill we get more options the country will always be very divided but I'm excited to see what's going to happen now, I wonder if you will be for the best or for the worst, you never know these days when it comes to the government, but I seriously hope its for the good, I wishing and hoping for the best

    November 2, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  10. Steve

    I'm really looking forward to 2010, when none of the tea partiers desired legislation has been enacted, and/or any of it that has been enacted fails spectacularly. Then we're gonna have a *real* party.

    November 2, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  11. Cindy

    The only people that don't pay their fair share of taxes is big business and wealthy people.It is odd that Obama is vilified over and again when he was given the monstrous task of fixing the economy. Republicans do not have the stuff to govern, they drove the economy to the ground before, what the hell makes the wacky people that voted for them midterm think they are going to turn the economy around now. Its insane these cooks in the "Tea Party" have hijacked the election with the help of media. It is a sad that the common sense went away with media mainstreaming these cooks,wizards and witches. Feels like perpetual Halloween.

    November 2, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  12. Patty

    HeY all U replubicans U get what U deserve.

    Good night

    November 2, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  13. joseph stevens

    the election results in much of the country don't really say much about red verses blue. what is being said is the general disgust with members of both parties, this time mostly democrats who seem not to be listening to the pulse of the nation. there are large slices of this country with massive unemployment and little or nothing has been done to date to address that problem. health care is a problem , but not THE PROBLEM. the economy is the problem . it should have been addressed from the start and wasn't , and so we see the results. the incoming members to the congress might take a clue and listen for once to their constituents and work for the good of the constituents , rather than line the pockets of the banks and possibly their own.

    November 2, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  14. Ron Cassoni

    If you have paid any attention at all to this man as he has tried to pan feed us his ghoul-aide for the last two years. He has absolutely no credibility nor do those who repeatedly think that they alone should decide the fate of the elderly, that education should be dumbed down so everyone can pass, and that we should be a government fed nation. In his mind most of you are too ignorant to make your own choices. This is not a Red sweep as much as it it a Blue apathy to poor leadership.

    November 2, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  15. moderatemale

    I hope you people struggling get what you deserve, i hope they cut off unemploymen, defund the health insurance, go back into Iraq, escalate the war in Afghanistan, deregulate Wall Street, cut taxes for the riches Americans, and out source jobs to asia. And to top it all off i hope you get president Palin in 2012 . AMERICA A NATION OF IDIOTS

    November 2, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  16. George W Smith

    The President has done everything reasonably possible to reach out to Republicans but they're far too happy to play politics and simply stand against anything he supports regardless of what the country wants because it plays well to a small but motivated base who can be trusted to go out and actually vote. Obama has lowered taxes, but ask the average Republican and they'll tell you they think its just the opposite. It's amazing how easy it is to keep people uninformed - Republicans just create a second "truth" and shout it at the top of their lungs. People who trust them will believe it, and anyone who questions it "hates America".

    November 2, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  17. terry, va

    Yea to my state! I can't believe we voted for Obummie and his band of fools in the first place. We have taken back the Governor's office and now the congressional seats. Good thing the kids grew up and the people that pay taxes went to vote. Obummie you are next! Oh happy days...oh, happy days!!!!!

    November 2, 2010 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  18. Marco Budgyk

    Tim Kaine is the worst DNC head in recent memory. He did nothing to focus the Dem message over the last year leading up to the election, and he apparently accomplished nothing in getting out the vote today.

    Kaine should be replaced as soon as possible, preferably with someone under 40, who will get started on using modern techniques to win in 2012.

    November 2, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  19. WeThePeopleOfVirginia

    Interesting enough . . . Virginia voters are taking these losses quite well. I wonder how Tim Kaine will take the loss of his DNC job.

    November 2, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  20. Registered Independent

    Rule #1: Don't trust any of them.
    Rule #2: Elected leaders will almost always do more harm than good, regardless of party affiliation.

    If anything, we need LESS government, not more of it. Good grief, have we learned nothing?

    CINDY: Regarding your comment about taxes and fair share... Have you taken a real look at who actually PAYS taxes in this country? You'll be shocked to know that in 2008, the top 25% of earners in America paid 86+% of all taxes (total dollars) in the USA. The BOTTOM half of earners paid LESS THAN 3% of all taxes in the USA. Care to reconsider your statement?

    November 2, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  21. T'SAH from of Virginia

    The WAVE may be RED – but keep in mind – it's not a referendum against President Obama!! It's a message to RepubliCAN'Ts and Democrats and now it's ALL ON the RepubliCAN'Ts and they already stated that they are NOT COMPROMISING and they will continue to OBSTRUCT!!!

    The RepubliCAN'Ts are already in "campaign mode" for 2012 – already predicting Rubio will be VP!! They want to REPEAL everything and undo everything President Obama has done and it's NOT going to work and JOBS will still be lost!!!

    One thing I must say is that the BIG CORPS want FAVORS back from the RepubliCAN'Ts because they put a LOT of money in their campaign – I WONDER what that payback is??? Stay TUNED because Rachel Maddow will do the research and EXPOSE THEM or maybe it will be OBVIOUS!!!

    This is T’sah from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    November 2, 2010 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  22. felix m bassong

    contrary to what many may,we the americans people forget so quick,it took the republicans leadership8 years to bury the country economy .and criple any good thing presidemy clinton left behing,their options are only wars so the can make dirty money eout of it ,for future political games.i think if there is any one to be blame about the situations in our country just one group of gamblerthe republicans.the are responsible of everything that's is going on in country,and only republicans can not see the good job president Obama has done just in two you are in control give us the jobs,the healthcare that we deserved and the emigration reform.but do not bring us an other war.

    November 3, 2010 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  23. tony pfab

    Here's a truth for you...go home Democrats. You can't force feed your abominable policies down our throats any longer.

    November 3, 2010 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  24. tony pfab

    Oh, and don't worry about your jobs, Obama-buddies. I'm sure the exalted one can get you a cushy job at SEIU Fannie MAe or Freddie Mac.

    November 3, 2010 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  25. The Corruptionist


    the president has nothing to do with the country being dived, the country is just divide and always have been, its always been republican and democrats,
    and who is your president that called GOP folks the enemies? and GOP folks are to sit on the back seat?

    November 3, 2010 12:08 am at 12:08 am |