Monday, January 05, 2009

What is a 'part-time' chairman?

Times are tough, all around -- Gov. Tim Kaine has taken a second job.

Following in the footsteps of former-Gov. Jim Gilmore, Kaine has accepted the chairmanship of a political party, while serving as governor. President George Bush tapped Gilmore to serve as the national chairman of the GOP, which he did ... briefly.
There was a time when Virginia governors didn't seek higher office, or mix in national politics in a big way, while they were in office. It just wasn't done.

Whether Kaine ought to divide his time -- he's technically going to be the "part-time chairman" until a year from now -- between his last year duties as governor, and whatever he's going to do for Team Donkey, part-time, I don't know.

But, if for no other reason than he is imitating Gilmore, in my gut, I wish Kaine had not taken the offer. Time will tell if it was a smart move. Sometimes, "change" is awkward.

-- Words and art by F.T. Rea


Anonymous said...

Well, it's possible that he'll demonstrate a heretofore unknown facility at multitasking.

On the other hand, he might just show he can fuck up two jobs at once.

Stay tuned ...

F.T. Rea said...


Thanks for commenting, but I don't understand what you mean.

Multitasking problem?

Anonymous said...

No surprise here. Kaine always has one foot in his next position up. We saw this when he was Mayor. He shoed Jamison in while looking for state office.

S. Preston Duncan said...

Ok, this is completely off topic but I feel compelled to share.

I had this strange dream last night in which I received a Slant Blog T-Shirt with one of your drawings on it in the mail. A harbinger of the untapped market of Blogger Shirts?

F.T. Rea said...

S. Preston Duncan,

Was the dream a nightmare?

What image(s) would you like to see on a T-shirt? A caricature of a politician, or something more off-beat?

S. Preston Duncan said...

In the dream (in a nightmare the payment process would have been involved, and consequently insight into the dismal state of my bank account) I think it was a caricature...hard to say though.

You can always make one with a Wilder portrait and donate a portion of the proceeds to to finding a new team for the Diamond.