In the first smart thing the Dems have done since November, they chose Perez over Ellison today for the new party chair. Perez is a former member of the Obama cabinet as well as being Hispanic. His strongest plus, however, is that he is not Ellison. The Dems managed to avoid naming someone (Ellison) with a history of supporting racist and anti-Semitic forces as chair. To be clear, however, the Dems then named Ellison as deputy party chair. I guess they didn't want to anger the racist, anti-Semitic portions of their base.