Democrats, GOP both happy with new DNC chairwoman

By HENRY C. JACKSON | June 17, 2011 | 3:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On this Republicans and Democrats agree: The new Democratic Party chairwoman's performance so far has been enjoyable.

Republicans say they see a gaffe-prone attack dog emerging in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Democrats say that, a few missteps aside, the Florida congresswoman is growing into her role well, galvanizing fundraising and pumping up the party's liberal base.

How well and how quickly Wasserman Schultz adjusts to her new position will be an important factor in President Barack Obama's re-election effort.

Few are more likely to serve as a more prominent surrogate in the run-up to 2012 than Wasserman Schultz.