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Obama picks Wasserman-Schultz for new DNC chair

As I noted earlier today, Tim Kaine is stepping down as head of the DNC to run for the U.S. Senate. Stepping into the role will be Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Politico reports. The Florida Democrat was ultimately picked by President Obama who reportedly chose her over former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.

Wasserman-Schultz is not a surprising choice given her staunchly liberal ideology and progressive background. It is a bit surprising, however, that the White House would choose such an unapologetic liberal to lead the party when President Obama is working to court support from independents.

Just last week, Wasserman-Schultz marched in solidarity with labor unions against Republican efforts to curb collective bargaining in Tallahassee:

According to the initial report from Politico, she was also chosen for her "strength as a fund-raiser and as a television messenger, and for her clout in the crucial swing state of Florida."

A "television messenger"? The truth is, Wasserman-Schultz reminds me much more of a female version of Anthony Weiner than a level-headed spokeswoman.

One last thing…
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