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President Obama names Wasserman Schultz to head DNC – again according to William Gibson, of the Floriday Sentinel Sun. While the DNC is not my favorite Democratic organization, I've always thought Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has done a fine job of representing us on TV, and in the House, and seems to be a hard worker for our Party.  

Republicans, who had quickly attacked Wasserman Schultz as an over-zealous and gaffe-prone liberal when she first got the post last year, had hopes of winning the White House and gaining a majority in the Senate. But Obama rolled up a big electoral victory, and Democrats gained two seats in the Senate plus seven in the House.
Obama acknowledged her promise to outwork the other side.

“One thousand events later -- in 31 states and 170 cities across the country -- Debbie has followed through on that promise and then some,” Obama said.

“She has managed to juggle three incredibly important jobs at the same time: leading our party to victory and helping deliver her critical home state of Florida; fighting for America’s women, service members and middle-class families in the halls of Congress; and being an amazing mother to her three young children.

“As you know, Debbie is no stranger to triumph -- she’s the youngest woman ever to have been elected to the Florida state legislature, she became the first Jewish woman to represent Florida in Congress, and just a few years ago, she stared down breast cancer and came out on top.”

The Sentinal Sun notes that Chairwomen Wasserman Schultz "juggles" leading the DNC, reprenting a south-Florida district, and being the mother of three children.

DNC members are expected to ratify Obama's nomination at the Party meeting on January 22, 2013.

Below the fold Slinkerwink, and Chris Cilliza fills us in on some of the back controversy surrounding the reappointment I was not aware of.


In an effort to research what other opinions there may be about Wasserman Schultz, I googled a bit, here, and found Slinkerwink's great post about future control of President Obama's donor and volunteer list, in < Team Obama Refuses To Give Up Voter Data, where as far as I can tell, I agree with her.  

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) has also prodded the Obama campaign to make the database available to House and Senate candidates to avoid a midterm bloodbath like the party saw in 2010. ...

“It’s just on everyone’s radar screen,” said a Democratic strategist involved in House races. “We want the volunteers, we want the donors.”

Chris Cillizza offers three reasons for Why the White House kept Debbie Wasserman Schultz as DNC Chair,despite speculation by Obama advisers  that she might have been on her way out.

First, Wasserman Schultz was the definition of a good soldier. In the press release announcing the plan to re-nominate her, it was noted that she has participated in 885 events in 31 states. Those close to the process repeatedly noted that Wasserman Schultz went wherever she was asked to go in the campaign — a critical (and overlooked) trait in a surrogate. That Obama carried Florida — against the predictions of almost everyone outside of the president’s campaign team — also accrued to Wasserman Schultz’s benefit as a credible surrogate.

Second, Wasserman Schultz has real connections among two key constituencies — women and Jewish voters — within the Democratic party. Not only do those ties mean that those groups feel as though they have a voice within the upper ranks of the party but they also ensure some backlash if Wasserman Schultz was viewed as being pushed out against her will. And, because she had made quite clear that she wanted the job again, any decision not to re-offer it to her would have almost certainly been cast as just that.

Third, Wasserman Schultz had no other obvious next step. With House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi staying on in her job — and renominating New York Rep. Steve Israel as the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — there are few opportunities within Democratic leadership circles for Wasserman Schultz. Staying on as DNC Chair was, by far, the most high-profile position that the Florida Democrat could hope to have post-election.

Cilliza also, somewhat cynically, suggests we didn't really have any suitable replacements.

This seems like a somewhat lack luster endorsement when, it seems to me, that we ought to be more pleased and proud that we have such a talented, and effective woman in the leadership of the Democratic Party, at a time when the GOP appears like a relic from an age long ago, when women kept house. (Jon Stewart made hay out of noting Boehner's last minute promotion of a woman to take care of the administrative function of the House.)

Would it be too ... "something or other" to more happily note she's going to beat the heck of of RNC Chairmen Rence Priebus, on every dimension I can imagine on talk shows?

I had not been aware of this back friciton, but at the risk of appearing simple minded, she seems like a good choice to me because she has presented herself as a higly articulate, passioinate, and personable spokesperson for our President, the Democratic Party, and even a few progressive causes. But, I will apoligize in advance for not knowing about any possible other non-progressive, or behind-the-scences positions she has taken on behalf of the often problematic DNC that I am not aware of.

From what I can tell this is more good news in a fairly good week for Democrats.

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  •  She's formidable. Glad she's on our side! (9+ / 0-)

    I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy, and driven. ~Barbra Streisand

    by GreenMtnState on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 01:25:36 PM PST

    •  I remember loathing her during the (5+ / 0-)
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      HoundDog, GreenMtnState, Patate, mjbleo, DvCM

      2008 primaries--she was such a good spokeswoman for Hillary Clinton!  And I was (and am) an Obama supporter.  

      Once the primaries were over, she was right on board and was as great as ever.  I gained a whole new respect for her.  

      I think she's done a fabulous job and think it's an excellent decision to keep her on.

  •  good call (5+ / 0-)

    in light of how well '12 panned out (i.e. in excess of most expectations), and so long as she actually wanted to re-up for another go, seems a no-brainer to me.

    "everybody's got something to hide except for me and my monkey." -john lennon

    by homo neurotic on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 01:34:42 PM PST

  •  Paging Howard Dean. (8+ / 0-)
    Cilliza also, somewhat cynically, suggests we didn't really have any suitable replacements.
    Cilliza is, of course, full of sh*t.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 01:47:47 PM PST

    •  I like Howard Dean a great deal. He has the same (5+ / 0-)

      kind of progressive integrity that Senator Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and few others have.  

      He's been saying the sequestration cuts are the best deal we are going to get because it is the only way we will get cuts to military spending which is the only other option than cuts to social spending.

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 02:14:55 PM PST

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      •  Howard Dean is correct, as usual (2+ / 0-)
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        There are several ways available to the POTUS to independently effect the  national budget: he can expedite the end of the occupation and war in Afghanistan, he can reduce our funding in Iraq, and he can bring a majority of our troops back from hundreds of overseas bases all over the world.

        The powers inherent in the Presidency are no longer unknown to President Obama, and I think he will utilize some of those powers in response to the total obstructionist tactics of the Repub leaders in Congress. As Commander in Chief, he can move mountains with his choices in military matters, and I trust he will.

        Eradicate magical thinking

        by Zinman on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 10:08:53 PM PST

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  •  Good move, an eloquent and passionate voice. n/t (3+ / 0-)
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  •  She is a very effective Chair & a bright (3+ / 0-)
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    shining light for Florida. She is an extremely hard worker.

  •  Obama wouldn't nominate her if he didn't think (5+ / 0-)

    she gets the job done. The 'cynical' perspective is so hackneyed - removing her would spark an uprising amongst women, jews, florida! - especially given the demogrpahics and outcome of the election, that it's impossible to take seriously.

    She did a great job. He thinks she did a great job. 2014 is on the way. She knows how to get it done.

    I think its funny when people try to create drama around a drama-free president.

    If I knew it was going to be that kind of party, I'd have stuck my ---- in the mashed potatoes! - Paul's Boutique

    by DoctorWho on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 02:03:31 PM PST

    •  Agree....this (1+ / 0-)
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      is a no-brainer,if she wants it.
      As for the ''controversy'' slink's diary refers to...if there was a real schism between OFA/Obama and the DNC and DSW..I suspect this would not have happened.

      Watch this data file issue quietly recede from the public eye now,much to some Obama detractors dismay.

      •  We're not (uniformly) Obama detractors. A lot of (0+ / 0-)

        us were benched just after inauguration day 2009. Then we watched 2010.

        I was in a central CA House race that we had no shot of winning. More than once, I wished for my VPB/canvassing territory software.

        Then, for 2012, the new and improved OFA! It was, too, some of the scripts were too vanilla, but more focus on targeting Hispanics was better. R.I.P. "Houdini", but I was too on the ground this time to see if "Drake(?) was any better.

        I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

        by Jonathan Hoag on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 03:37:01 PM PST

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  •  it aint broke. she wants, she gots. we/win (5+ / 0-)

    clime parches on. terms: ocean rise, weather re-patterning, storm pathology, drout-famine, acceptance of nature.

    by renzo capetti on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 02:35:18 PM PST

  •  "over-zealous and gaffe-prone" is the best kind (1+ / 0-)
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    of liberal.

  •  sometimes it's not nice to (0+ / 0-)

    parse the details out of everything that happens; she's good, glad to see her on teevee, the great noise machine, where she sounds sane, real and relevant; and she's a she !!!!!! go Debbie get em again;

    Inability to discern reality is the hallmark of schizophrenia. And because the Republicans control the US House of Representatives, there is no hope any legislation will be passed to address the climate crisis. ~ Dr Brian Moench

    by anyname on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 06:13:52 PM PST

  •  BREAKING NEWS! (0+ / 0-)

    DATELINE: White House, December 5, 2012

    President Obama asked Rence Priebus to continue his fine efforts as the head of the Republican National Committee:

    Obama acknowledged his promise to outwork the Democrats, and drown them with SuperPac money, including groups like Freedumb Lurks.

    “One Billion dollar in events later -- in 18 states and 12 cities across the country -- Rence has failed on that promise and then some,” Obama said.

    “He has managed to mismanage three incredibly important jobs at the same time: leading his party to pyrrhic victory and helping miscarriage critical states like Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin; fighting against America’s women, service members and middle-class families in the halls of Congress; and being an amazing bastard to three million young children throughout the country.

    “As you know, Rence is no stranger to triumph -- He's seen if from afar more than once.  After summarily firing Michael Steele, by far a more effective and entertaining RNC chair, the least talented and able man ever to have been selected to run the TeaBuggered GOP into the ground truly deserves another four years to complete his mission .”

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 06:41:37 PM PST

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