Just got off the phone with someone who asked not be named- but who spoke with Brian Moran since Thanksgiving about the Chairman election when Brian called for his support.
This person was a supporter of Brian Moran for Governor in 2009, and Brian basically was treating them as a supporter of his for Chairman without ever asking formally if they would endorse him.
When this person asked Brian why he would want a job like this, Brian cited some very important decisions that the Central Committee makes, but that the Chair can heavily influence. Specifically- he said that primaries had not been working well in Virginia- citing his own loss and Harris Miller's loss in 2006. Brian also said if there had been conventions with delegates that knew the candidates he would have won easily and beaten Bob McDonnell.
Brian went on to say it was very important that the party appartus be in place to support a convention over a primary to nominate a candidate to replace Jim Webb in 2012 as it is assumed that he will not run. Brian went as far as to cite Tim Kaine as the likely candidate to win a convention and without using the words directly, this source felt that Brian was implying that Tim was well aware of his need for a convention in 2012 and that he might be behind the Moran candidacy because of this.
An incredible amount of light on this process is now coming in- and it is clear that the Moran candidacy is about shutting down the voter participation that stopped his campaign along with his current boss Harris Miller in 2006 and insuring that Virginia Democratic insiders would select the next Senator from Virginia.
I'm sure there will be more to come on this soon...