Rocky Start no Surprise for New DNC Chair

Debbie Wasserman Schultz was an odd choice for head of the Democratic National Committee. The outspoken congressman from Florida is abrassive and unappealing, while the party chair is generally called upon to be diplomatic.

In the four weeks since she succeeded Tim Kaine, Wasserman Schultz has been called out by four nonpartisan fact-checkers for mischaracterizing the GOP’s Medicare plan.

She’s accused Republicans of wanting to reinstate segregation and of waging a “war on women.” She has asserted, somewhat nonsensically, that the GOP wants to make illegal immigration — by definition against the law — “a crime.” She’s also been mocked for driving a foreign car after pounding Republicans for not supporting the American auto industry.

As sympathetic and appealing a figure as Gabby Giffords became after the Tucson shootings in January, I liked her a little less when I heard that Wasserman Schultz was her best friend in congress.