Sen Jim Webb announced today that he will not seek re-election in 2012, presumably opening the door for a easy win for the racist George "Macaca" Allen, who Webb defeated in 2006. TPM points out that according to a recent poll, the racist George Allen is all that popular in VA. By contrast, former VA Gov Tim Kaine in the same poll is considerably more popular than either the racist George Allen or current Sen Jim Webb.
Before Sen Webb announced his retirement, Gov Kaine said he wasn't interested in running for Senate, but that was really the only polite thing he could say with the upcoming election being for a seat currently occupied by a fellow Dem. With Webb announcing his retirement all bets are off.
But I've thought for a few years now that Kaine might have his eye on another position.
When Tim Kaine was named DNC chair by Obama in 2009, it occurred to me that he might be on a very short list for Veep in 2012. I love Joe Biden, warts and all, for all the reasons most Democrats love him – he seems to be a genuinely nice person, loving father, good husband and was a very good Senator. But Joe will be 70 in November of 2012, and out of contention to succeed Obama 4 years later. It makes no political sense to keep Joe on the ticket when Obama could be grooming a successor. Doesn’t mean Obama will do the smart political move, but assuming he does, I expect Joe to retire gracefully with a lot of pomp and glory and a lengthy farewell tour leading up to the 2012 convention and freeing Obama to pick a successor.
How can Tim Kaine, the bright, accomplished and popular former Governor of the Commonwealth of Virgina not be at the very top of that list?