Robert Gibbs next DNC chair?

posted at 12:15 pm on October 2, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Robert Gibbs?  Really?  What, exactly, are his qualifications to run the DNC?  Oh, right, we’re in the post-qualifications, post-experience era in politics:

Democratic insiders are taking the temperature of some top party donors about the possibility of naming White House press secretary Robert Gibbs as chairman of the Democratic National Committee heading into President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012, senior officials tell POLITICO.

Under the scenario being tested, Tim Kaine, the current DNC chairman and former governor of Virginia, would be named to a top administration post, perhaps in the Cabinet, the officials said.

Donors’ response has been positive, according to people who have been consulted.

Of course it has.  After all, these are the same people who positively responded to a three-year Senator for a Presidential candidate with no executive, military, domestic, or even private-sector business experience, and look how well that worked out.

For the record, Gibbs’ experience consists almost entirely of serving on communication teams for politicians.  After graduating from college in 1993, he worked on the staffs of a series of House and Senate members before joining John Kerry’s team in 2003 for his 2004 presidential bid as press secretary, and then resigning when Kerry fired Jim Jordan.  He then took a position as a mouthpiece for an independent group that opposed Howard Dean’s bid, and later in 2004 began working for Barack Obama’s Senate campaign, moving to the presidential campaign after two years on Capitol Hill.

Note what his CV doesn’t include.  Gibbs has never run an organization, or worked as an executive at all.  The most he’s ever done was manage a small communications staff at the White House.  He has no experience in fundraising, as his campaign experiences have all been on the communications side.  He has never stood for election himself, which isn’t a complete disqualification for the job, but it certainly doesn’t help, either.  In short, there is nothing at all in his background to recommend Gibbs for a position which requires coordination, fundraising prowess, organization, and a political talent with experience and connections supporting it.

Under those circumstances, why would anyone take this proposal seriously, let alone react positively to it?  It threatens to take the DNC hostage to the administration, putting it even further in the control of the White House political team, whose instincts haven’t exactly proven felicitous to Democrats in this midterm cycle.  With this kind of grip on the DNC, the West Wing inner circle will demand much tighter loyalty from Democrats on the campaign trail in 2012, which could make 2010 look like a walk in the park.  It’s political suicide on just about every level one can imagine.

It’s not as though the Democrats don’t have any bench talent, either.  They could tap Evan Bayh, for instance, who has extensive experience both in Washington and in the Rust Belt, plenty of executive experience, and an ability to make the DNC look moderate and approachable.  Michael Bennet will also shortly become available, or if they want a progressive, Russ Feingold.  Ed Rendell would make a better DNC chair, although he’s already had the gig once and may not want it back again.  There promises to be a lot of unemployed Democrats looking for a regular job come January, perhaps even Harry Reid, whose prodigious fund-raising talents might be sorely needed by the DNC.

But apparently the Democrats prefer to roll over to a White House that already has them on the road to ruin, allowing Obama to pick yet another completely unqualified party leader to speed that march to double-time.  I won’t say I’ll be unhappy to see that, but I’d be surprised if it really comes to pass.


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I hear MSM isn’t showing any wide shots of the ‘crowd’.

petefrt on October 2, 2010 at 1:48 PM

I know some people at work here in VA who were going up to DC this weekend thinking it was the Stewart rally. I should have mentioned that was 10/30 but I didn’t. Let them drive 2 hours to the wrong rally, that’s funny as heck considering they think conservatives are “loony.” The joke’s on them.

scalleywag on October 2, 2010 at 1:57 PM

I wonder where he’d be employed if it weren’t for Mr. President.

scalleywag on October 2, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Without political patronage and set-asides for either of them Gibbs probably would be Obama’s boss at the snowball stand.

viking01 on October 2, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Has anyone noticed the new “NOTE:” thingy under the “Submit Comment” box? Or have I just not noticed it before now?

silvernana on October 2, 2010 at 1:56 PM

I just noticed it today too – but I’ve been away for a few days.

tru2tx on October 2, 2010 at 2:01 PM

This guy is terrible. He’s not funny and he’s really anti-United States.

“As Indians, we’ve been fighting terrorism since 1492. If we had had metal detectors at Plymouth Rock, we could have nipped this in the bud.”

Appalling.

Abby Adams on October 2, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Did anyone hear the guy who was an Indian (Cherokee)who called in to Rush yesterday? One of the best calls ever! He started by asking Rush where his forbears were from. Rush said They were Dutch and English, and the guy told him he needed to go back there. Basically, he wanted everyone to leave except the Native Americans. I’m from Oklahoma, and he said he comes back here whenever he can. Sounded like he could possibly have been drunk. Rush kept him on a long time and engaged him, even talking about his dog barking in the background.

silvernana on October 2, 2010 at 2:02 PM

“As Indians, we’ve been fighting terrorism since 1492. If we had had metal detectors at Plymouth Rock, we could have nipped this in the bud.”

Well he has a point, Cortez landed at Plymouth Rock in 1492 and slaughtered the Incas.

I always appreciate a nipped int he bud quote, though. Fred Sanford, “Let me get my bud-nippers.”

reaganaut on October 2, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease!

The political class is filled with incompetent narcissists. This is an absolutely picture-perfect example.

nukemhill on October 2, 2010 at 12:52 PM

That!!!!!

RealMc on October 2, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Where are the comments going? I can’t imagine why my last one needed moderation.

silvernana on October 2, 2010 at 2:09 PM

If this Rally is the best that the Libs can throw together, November 2nd is going to be a Poltical Massacre. And if they are seriously considering Gibbs, they are dumber than any of us thought. Trumka definitely sounds better with the sound of.

kingsjester on October 2, 2010 at 2:09 PM

off.

kingsjester on October 2, 2010 at 2:10 PM

So now instead of only having to put up with Gibbsy during the WHPC, we will be seeing him on the tv news stations doing the talking head schtick. That’s going to be a real boost for the demmies, yep.

slickwillie2001 on October 2, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Al Sharpton: “Our base is what American really looks like.”
Yeah, right. The union thug, Trumka,is now speaking.

silvernana on October 2, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Gibbs as DNC chair would be so full of EPIC fail.
Comedy gold. I’ll invest in popcorn.
Please do this, Dems. PLEASE!

stevezilla on October 2, 2010 at 2:13 PM

I’ve noticed the speeches and rhetoric are very low key. This is not how these people usually talk and fire up their base.

silvernana on October 2, 2010 at 2:15 PM

I’ve done my part and watched 2 hours of this crap… someone else’s turn.

Although this guy just tried to claim that there are MORE people than at Beck’s Rally.

HA!

Abby Adams on October 2, 2010 at 2:16 PM

kingsjester on October 2, 2010 at 2:09 PM

You can say that again. This sucks on ice. But I am watching to hear what the Communist Party has to say.

Heh. This dude said that “they” (I guess he’s talking about the propaganda media) sent a satellite photo and the crowd is bigger than Beck’s 8/29 rally.

tru2tx on October 2, 2010 at 2:17 PM

If they try to go with the “larger crowd” message, all it will take is for Fox or Beck to show the two rallies side by side. Oh, Lord. Everybody sing: Day-O! Daaay-O! Daylight come and me wanna go home!

kingsjester on October 2, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Kill the Democrat party, make the argument be between Republicans and Libertarians for the next 100 years

Conservative Voice on October 2, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Oh, right, we’re in the post-qualifications, post-experience era in politics:

ONLY if you are a democrat. Republicans get torn to shreds by the MSM if they are light in the resume.

HawaiiLwyr on October 2, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Where are the comments going? I can’t imagine why my last one needed moderation.

silvernana on October 2, 2010 at 2:09 PM

I lost tv signal a little while ago and a message scrolled across the screen that the loss was due to a magnetic storm from the sun. Maybe it is affecting the internet???

HawaiiLwyr on October 2, 2010 at 2:23 PM

So the Pillsbury Doughboy’s stupider younger brother is a possible candidate for leader of the DNC??? THIS IS RICH!! I’m telling you: for many reasons, I’m glad I’m not recovering from abdominal surgery because I would have opened up a couple of staples on this one from laughing so hard! No, seriously…Democrats. Congratulations on entertaining this idea. He’s been so adept at handling the softball questions by the White House press corps, (Read “core” not “corpse”.)I am sure he’ll handle REAL, vocal opposition very well…Mwahahahahaha!

Driefromseattle on October 2, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Google Maps is plotting the Union Thug Rally location at Red Square.

/s

viking01 on October 2, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Danny Glover: “This nation is ours, this nation is ours, this nation is ours”. Oh, yeah?

silvernana on October 2, 2010 at 2:35 PM

I remember a time when the Democratic Party stood for the average person. About the only different between a Democrat and a Republican was war and abortion.

Now the Democratic Party has gone full tilt left. It’s the party of liberals now. Nothing more. They have squeezed out the average Joe with their socialist agenda.

ButterflyDragon on October 2, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Our version of “Baghdad Bob”…… the Democrat party has gotten to be absolutely pitiful and a joke to all intelligent people who follow politics. Note that I said “intelligent”.

ultracon on October 2, 2010 at 2:40 PM

When do Robert Mugabe and Hugo Chavez give their speeches ?

viking01 on October 2, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Crowd size not even close to Beck’s. The main mall area is not even full, much less all the additional areas Beck filled.

silvernana on October 2, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Anyone who is not a dhimmicrat will jump for joy when Beltway Bob is named as DNC chair. When you can’t do any better than Howard Dean or Bob Gibbs, that should tell you what a pack of losers Dems are.

Philly on October 2, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Who was the demagogue in suspenders speaking just now? I don’t recognize all of the Lefties on sight.

What the heck was he talking about re children returning home from schools because they have been closed? There are way too many statistics that we have spent a disproportionate amount on our schools compared to any other area in the budget, yet the achievement of our students is flailing.

The blowhard speakers at this rally are really committed to class warfare, aren’t they? Furthermore, they look to the government to take care of all of their perceived “needs.” They confuse wants with needs, unfortunately. What do they think is holding them back from achieving their dreams? They seem to focus on blaming scapegoats for their unhappiness.

The self-righteous woman listing her Noah’s Ark lessons was really dedicated to the “virtues” of collectivism as she denigrated individuality and personal responsibility.

This was indeed a collection of “one nation” drones.

onlineanalyst on October 2, 2010 at 3:01 PM

I just saw a crowd shot on C-SPAN. Very meager compared to tea parties and Beck. And those at this rally were bused in and probably are being paid to attend. Who is this idiot from the Student Labor Action group carping about the Jena 6? Talking about organizing – commie speak.

Philly on October 2, 2010 at 3:02 PM

A right to full and fair employment? Jobs and schools. Jobs and schools. Commies and socialists.

Philly on October 2, 2010 at 3:04 PM

I know some people at work here in VA who were going up to DC this weekend thinking it was the Stewart rally.
scalleywag on October 2, 2010 at 1:57 PM

You mean it’s not? :)

petefrt on October 2, 2010 at 3:12 PM

It’s a predominantly black crowd. Racists.

Ronnie on October 2, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Did Jesse just say the president cannot bear this cross alone? Umm..

Ronnie on October 2, 2010 at 3:20 PM

On topic: At least Gibbs would be good for laughs.

Off topic: This rally has been a droning whine about “it’s not what you can do for your country, it’s what the country owes you, especially the rich and the mean awful corporations who should not be in business”. How smart is that.

Oh well. UT vs OU in 8 minutes.

tru2tx on October 2, 2010 at 3:23 PM

OMG, the NEA president is on. Please tell us how you are going to wreck public education even more. He claims only 5 percent of schools are struggling. LOL! He says the NEA’s top priority is to be where kids need them most. A) No one needs you, you pack of incompetent commies; B)Your main priority is how to keep the money flowing into your union coffers (stolen from teachers’ pay) and how to pay off politicians to curry favor for your destructive policies.

Philly on October 2, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Please God, please!

29Victor on October 2, 2010 at 3:50 PM

This rally is insufferable. Seriously.

Philly on October 2, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Has this event turned into a gay rights rally? I think is has.

Philly on October 2, 2010 at 4:00 PM

It will be interesting to see if this crowd will pick up after themselves or if it will look like a landfill.

tru2tx on October 2, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Next time they’ll have it on a weekday, so that when the crowd is slim, they can bus in nearby school kids.

petefrt on October 2, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Well that should finish off the Dems for a long time. All those ers and ahs and I didn’t’s will be just the ticket.

jeanie on October 2, 2010 at 5:03 PM

CSPAN 2 has Leftist Looney Toon Robert Scheer on now flogging his new book. This is almost as funny as Boomerang’s “Flintstones” marathon!

Del Dolemonte on October 2, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Michelle has a great article on unions and their pension problems.

http://townhall.com/columnists/MichelleMalkin/2010/09/29/big_labor,_not_tea_party,_is_workers_worst_enemy

scalleywag on October 2, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Dear God:

Please make Robert Gibbs the head of the DNC.

Amen.

Key West Reader on October 2, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Yes! Gibbs for DNC chair. I’m sure a great many have found Gibb’s arrogant & smug evasiveness as Obama’s White House press secretary as annoying as I have – can’t stand the sight of him. What a great turn-off to have as DNC chair! It’s got to help the GOP.

Chessplayer on October 2, 2010 at 6:43 PM

So, who would become press secretary? PLEASE SAY ALAN GRAYSON.

joe_doufu on October 2, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Oh, PLEASE LET IT BE JOE BIDEN!!!

I’d never have to pay for entertainment again!!!

landlines on October 2, 2010 at 7:06 PM

This rally has been a droning whine about “it’s not what you can do for your country, it’s what the country owes you

tru2tx on October 2, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Jerry Lewis does Telethons for MDA.

Dems do Whine-e-thons for victim-hood, redistribution and international socialism. Sucks.

petefrt on October 2, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Surprise! They left the mess we expected at the mall today!

silvernana on October 2, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Gibbs as DNC chair — it’s storybook, man!

Sowell Disciple on October 3, 2010 at 1:36 AM

There promises to be a lot of unemployed Democrats looking for a regular job come January, perhaps even Harry Reid, whose prodigious fund-raising talents might be sorely needed by the DNC.

AMEN!!!

antisocial on October 3, 2010 at 2:11 AM

Test balloon time.

He’s due to leave.

AnninCA on October 3, 2010 at 11:06 AM

From the photo out front, Gibbs looks like he either hired a stylist to advise him how to comb his hair to make him look smarter. Won’t help. Either that or a plastic surgeon applied a forehead augmentation.

curved space on October 3, 2010 at 11:23 AM

But apparently the Democrats prefer to roll over to a White House that already has them on the road to ruin, allowing Obama to pick yet another completely unqualified party leader to speed that march to double-time. I won’t say I’ll be unhappy to see that, but I’d be surprised if it really comes to pass.

In my opinion, stuck on stupid takes many forms!

capejasmine on October 3, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Let’s not discourage them.

Gibbs, by all means!

AshleyTKing on October 3, 2010 at 5:38 PM

A Jackass to head the DNC. It’s a perfect fit. LOL!

TN Mom on October 3, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Let them drive 2 hours to the wrong rally, that’s funny as heck considering they think conservatives are “loony.” The joke’s on them.

scalleywag on October 2, 2010 at 1:57 PM

You really are a scalleyway! too funny.

wi farmgirl on October 3, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Please, Gibbs would be awesome.

wi farmgirl on October 3, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Other candidates Fast Eddie Shultz, Rick Sanchez, and Comical Ali.

jpmn on October 3, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Ed, shush! We can only hope the put Gibbsie in charge of the DNC.

chickasaw42 on October 3, 2010 at 8:28 PM

Pretty please!!!???

Saltysam on October 3, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Howdy Doody?

mojo on October 4, 2010 at 12:03 AM

Oh, PLEASE let Gibbs be the DNC chair!

Khun Joe on October 4, 2010 at 12:15 AM

Gibbs is perfectly suited…glib, snarky, sarcastic, and not a realistic honest bone in his body.

right2bright on October 4, 2010 at 7:34 AM

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