With the announcement Friday that Rahm Emanuel was resigning as White House chief of staff in order to run for mayor of Chicago, speculation has been brewing as to who else is is going soon? Press Secretary Robert Gibbs may be the next to leave the White House. Rumors abound that Gibbs may get tapped by President Obama to replace Tim Kaine as head of the DNC.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs answers questions during the press briefing at the White House in Washington, September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Jim Young   (REUTERS - Tags: POLITICS)

The White House so far is denying any further changes. However, Gibbs is a trusted aide to Obama and part of his inner circle. With the start of the 2012 election season just weeks away, Team Obama may feel the need to have the best man they can muster to head the DNC.

Kaine replaced Howard Dean, who helped engineered the Democrat comeback in 2006. Dean’s strategy was to recruit ‘blue-dog’ candidates with some conservative credentials to win seats which had been solid Republican since the mid 1990s. But once Obama was elected, the new president replaced Dean with former Virginia governor Tim Kaine.

The big question is does Team Obama trust Kaine to help raise enough money and momentum for Obama to win a re-election in 2012, and take back seats in Congress that will be lost this November?

With just 29 days left before the 2010 mid-term elections, the situation is looking bad for Democrats. The House is all but lost to the GOP. Analysts put Republicans ahead in over 50 races with some 25 others too-close-to-call. The Senate appears to be remaining in control of Democrats, but by only a few seats at best. One must keep in mind that more GOP senate seats were up for election this year than Democrat ones. In 2012, the reverse will be true.

Voter anger at incumbents and a majority rejecting most, if not all, of the Obama agenda, if the 2010 election turns into a rout, with Democrats losing big, 2012 could turn into an even larger disaster. Republicans, supported by Tea Party and Conservative activists, could strengthen their hold on the House, plus win back the Senate and the White House in 2012.

Tim Kaine is not the only party leader facing replacement. RNC chairman Michael Steele has also been widely criticized by many within the GOP. Numerous gaffes and a lack of fund raising have plagued Steele since becoming chairman.

If Robert Gibbs leaves the White House to become the new chairman of the Democrat National Committee, it would be a clear sign that Obama is ramping up for 2012. David Axlerod is already slated to leave the White House at the end of the year to set up Obama’s re-election committee in Chicago. Rahm Emanuel currently polls 5th in the field of contenders for the next mayor of Chicago, so should Rahm lose, he will probably return to Team Obama to help with the 2012 election campaign.

WASHINGTON - AUGUST 11: In response to the question 'Did you put your foot in your mouth?' White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs sticks out his tounge to show that his mouth is empty during the daily press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House August 11, 2010 in Washington, DC. Gibbs criticized what he called the 'professional left' for comparing President Barack Obama to former President George Bush and faulting Obama for his willingness to compromise with conservatives. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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