Axelrod: Debbie Downer will grow into her role, eventually

Talk about damning with very faint praise.  The Associated Press reports on a rare moment of bipartisan consensus that doesn’t involve junk-tweeting Congressman, which is that Democrats are saying they’re just as happy with their new chair as Republicans are:

It’s a rare moment of bipartisanship in Washington: Both parties say they’re enjoying the performance of the new Democratic Party chairwoman.

In Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Republicans say they see a gaffe-prone attack dog emerging. 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.

About Wasserman-Schultz’ propensity for gaffes, David Axelrod pleads for patience.  She’ll eventually be ready for prime time, he says:

David Axelrod, a top strategist for Obama’s re-election campaign, said Wasserman Schultz has inspired rank-and-file Democrats. He acknowledged there may be some growing pains for her, but he brushed off criticism that she has stumbled.

“There isn’t anybody in this business who bats a thousand, particularly when you do the volume of things she does,” Axelrod said. “To the degree that there’ve been times where she chose her words in ways she thinks weren’t right, she’s quick to correct that.”

Growing pains?  Axelrod could have been talking about his former boss with that statement.  In that sense, who better to handle messaging for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign from the party machinery than another on-the-job trainee?