Wasserman Schultz, 44, was chosen for her strength as a fund-raiser and as a television messenger, and for her clout in the crucial swing state of Florida, the sources said. – Mike Allen

V.P. Joe Biden said, in part, “In selecting Debbie to lead our party, President Obama noted her tenacity, her strength, her fighting spirit, and her ability to overcome adversity. … No one should have any doubt that Debbie will work hard to strengthen our party and our country.”

Anybody is better than Tim Kaine, who’s now running for Webb’s Senate seat in Virginia.

This old video is interesting because it pits Paul Ryan against Schultz, but also because it reveals Ryan for an incredibly sexist lout.

Schultz’s appointment is not a first, but it’s a powerful appointment that reveals more Obama 2012 maneuvering.

Mary Louise Smith ran the Republican National Committee from 1974 to 1977. Jean Westwood ran McGovern’s horrific campaign and was appointed the first woman to chair either major political party organizations, back when McGovern won the nomination. Debra DeLee ran the DNC from 1994-1995.

One commenter over on my FB page said it was in the hopes of drawing progressives to the party.

This is strictly about Pres. Obama’s reelection and appealing to women. Democrats have let that advantage slip, which we saw was catastrophic in the 2010 midterms, with Republicans and Dems splitting the women’s vote.

But Rep. Schultz is not a progressive. She’s a powerfully connected corporate Democrat, which is what it takes to get a position of power in the party.

It will be good if Schultz has a media presence, especially on the Sunday political shows, as she’s as good as the Democrats have in media.

Democrats continue to fall behind the Right on having a female presence in national politics, so Chairwoman Schultz is a plus on that note as well.

However, progressive Democrats still have no woman rising yet who shows interest or the power to compete in the 2016 primaries and none who comes close to anything resembling what Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann offer their Tea Party factions in 2012.