Oh, please let it be true. One of the more maladroit White House press spokesmen ever as chairman of the Democratic National Committee?
Politico says some trial balloons are being launched:
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.
Gibbs, one of the president's closest confidants, already had been planning to leave the podium next year, perhaps to become a White House senior adviser.
In response to POLITiCO's report, he posted this on his Twitter feed: "I have not had any conversations about the future - it is a great honor to have the job I have right now and I am very happy doing it."
If Gibbs were to get that job, we would be treated to a real show as both party chairmen would vie to see who could stick their foot in their mouths more often.
Hat Tip: Ed Lasky