Ever since Jim Webb announced that he wouldn't be seeking re-election, the speculation has been that Tim Kaine would be running for the seat. Originally, he was supposed to announce either at or right before the JJ Dinner. That obviously didn't happen and ever since then I've been constantly hearing that the announcement would come "within a week." I'm not alone in hearing this from various sources and Lowell even laid out a timeline of the supposed announcement dates a couple of weeks ago over at Blue Virginia. Almost two months after the JJ Dinner, there was yet another story on CNN over the weekend that claimed "one source said Kaine's announcement will come in the next two weeks."
Since I'd heard similar reports before from high ranking members of the Democratic Party as well as Congressional staffers, I took the CNN story with a grain of salt. Almost everybody assumed that Kaine will run, so the press would eventually be correct if they continued saying the "announcement will come in the next two weeks." And with all the attention among political insiders talking about the race, it makes since that the media would want to keep reporting the rumors. Well, it turns out that CNN was correct and I received an email while I was on the Hill today that linked to a video announcing Kaine's candidacy.
When I told some of the reporters at the same table as me about the email, one of them responded by saying "it's about time." They also wanted to know if I thought Rep. Bobby Scott would still put his hat in the race. In other words, the reporters there weren't very excited about Kaine's announcement and were more interested in whether or not there would be a primary. When you consider that most of the media covering Congress is focused on the situation in Libya and the budget debate, Obama just announced his re-election campaign, and most people expected this announcement months ago, this was a pour way to roll out a Senate campaign if he wanted it to create a lot of energy about his candidacy. Fortunately for Kaine, he has some time before he really needs to truly begin energizing his base.