- The Washington Times - Friday, January 22, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In the middle of all the special-election hubbub, I had one question: What does the Democratic National Committee chairman do, and why isn’t he doing it?

I thought some of the main roles of the political party chairmen were to educate people about the party platform, get out the positive spin and work to get candidates elected to office. If this is the case, where in the world was Democratic Chairman Tim Kaine, and why was he missing in action throughout the entire Massachusetts debacle?

I can count on one hand the number of times I have seen Mr. Kaine on TV, and adding this Massachusetts mess to the spankings the Democrats took earlier in New Jersey and Virginia, I am wondering why he even still has a job.

It seems to me that this was a train wreck he should have seen coming - but didn’t. In the current political climate, the Democrats probably would have lost anyway, but Mr. Kaine should at least have tried to look as if his party was putting up a fight. Right now, the Democrats have all the effectiveness of a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest.

Say what you will about Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, but you don’t need a compass to find him.

DEE EVANS

Plano, Texas

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