In the midst of a federal budget battle that may shut down the government in a few hours, this week actually brought a couple pieces of great political news. At least in my mind.
First, the worst kept secret in politics was finally announced. Tim Kaine is running for the Senate seat being vacated by one term Democratic Senator Jim Webb. I am anxious about this race because the people of this Commonwealth have the chance to elect a great public servant, or a total bumbling idiot. I worry that they may make the wrong choice (it’s not unheard of). But I also think Kaine will run a hell of a campaign and I am looking forward to calling him “Senator” instead of “Governor.”
Kaine’s announcement brought about the second exciting piece of news. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was named Democratic National Chair, replacing Tim Kaine when he left to run. Most of my knowledge of Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz is limited to her appearances on Hardball and her updates on her friend Gabrielle Gifford’s condition after the Tucson shooting. But I think she’s going to be great for the DNC. She’s already proven herself to be a powerhouse of a fundraiser, which is the key duty of the party chair. I’m also glad that she’s breaking into what has long been a “boys’ club” of DNC Chairs. Go Debbie!