Politico is reporting that “top Democrats” are looking at former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland to replace Tim Kaine as chair of the Democratic National Committee, should Kaine opt to step down to run for the U.S. Senate from his home state of Virginia.
“Even though he narrowly lost his reelection bid, Strickland was seen by the White House as having run one of the better Democratic campaigns in a brutal election cycle,” says Politico.
If so, the White House was apparently looking too hard at the “one of the better Democratic campaigns” part to notice the “lost” part. The job of the DNC is to coordinate and win campaigns for Democratic candidates across the country. And a loss, whether narrowly or by a wide margin, is still a loss. To many Democrats, Strickland is the man whose campaign gave us Governor John Kasich, and most are unlikely to view this as a result they’d like to see replicated nationally.
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