Democratic National Committee Chairman, and Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, brought the Organizing for America listening tour to Dallas today where he intimated several times over that a competitive 2010 election cycle across the United States for Democrats includes the Lone Star State.
Kaine mentioned the positive dynamics of Democrats winning a gubernatorial seat here in Texas, especially if Rick Perry is the Republican nominee, and also took a moment to mention the potential of picking up a U.S. Senate seat with a special election upon the expected fall resignation of Kay Bailey Hutchison. Kaine spoke as if he was well aware of some emerging competitive statewide races on the horizon here in Texas.
Overall, Kaine articulated three goals that the Democratic National Committee has:1) To be the political arm for the White House
Everyday that staff arrives at the DNC the question is asked, how can we support President Barack Obama today? That's a question that Democrats everywhere should be asking themselves too.
2) To strengthen state party infrastructure across the United States
I personally felt that Governor Howard Dean was snubbed by the Obama administration once he took office, which wasn't a surprise considering the rocky relationship he shared with Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Having said that, Tim Kaine went out of his way to praise Howard Dean and his fifty-state strategy as being responsible for the numerous gains that Democrats have made from 2006-2008. Kaine's goal is to continue and strengthen state party infrastructure so as to make even more extensive gains in 2010 and beyond. Texas, as Kaine indicated, is very much part of that equation.
3) Embolden and strengthen the grassroots
Kaine went into great depth about how important citizen activism at the grassroots level propelled Barack Obama to the White House. Citizen activism and grassroots activity will not only sustain this presidency, but expand Democratic majorities in Washington–and, in places like Texas, overtake Republicans and begin a new Democratic majority.
I was impressed with Tim Kaine. He is very articulate, intelligent, and appears to have a clear vision for the DNC that certainly marches to the tune of the Obama White House. That shouldn't be a surprise considering President Obama is the head of the Democratic Party. It remains to be seen how much money and resources come to the Lone Star State, but if words are met with action over the coming months then my skepticism will fade into optimism.