Tuesday, February 03, 2009

I'm Not Shedding Any Tears

I can't say I'm all broken up over the withdrawal of Tom Daschle as Health and Human Services nominee. And it's not the taxes so much. Of course everyone should pay their taxes, since I bloody well have to. But anyone can make an mistake on those and end up paying later, with, of course, penalties and interest. 

But Daschle was a pushover for the Republicans as majority leader, and out of Congress he was far too cozy with the sort of health-care companies and other fat-cats he was going to have to take on to get any real health care reform in this country. I mean, come on, a private car and driver provided to him by a "private equity firm"? Hundreds of thousands in speaker's fees from health care companies?  And this guy was going to champion health care reform for working people? Please. 

Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Tom.

 Mr. President: I hear Howard Dean's available. 

9 comments:

Bill Crider said...

What ticks me off is that he was ever nominated. This is exactly the kind of blunder I hoped Obama wouldn't make.

David said...

IMO, nobody appointed to be secretary of HHS will be able to "operate with the full faith of Congress", because that person will never have the full faith of the Rs in Congress.

Anonymous said...

A crook is a crook, and it looks like Obama sure knows how to pick them.

JJD

Tom said...

Oh, look - a drive-by from an anonymous cowardly troll! Isn't it cute? And meaningless?

Were it a smarter troll, it would never say 'crook' while Haliburton and Carlisle Group remain uninvestigated (not to mention Haliburton happily tax-free with an off-shore mailing address.)

JD Rhoades said...

Tom scores again.

Celine said...

Anybody else remember how the Republicans used to handle this? At the first hint of a legal scandal, they'd yank the nominee immediately and find someone else. There was none of this stonewalling and claiming that no wrong had been done and even confirming the nominee despite the legal shadow. Oh, wait...

Tom Panek said...

And no one in the White House blamed it on the evil liberal media for poking around where they shouldn't!

Gerard Saylor said...

It's really nothing new anyway. Remember all the failed nominations for Attorney General by Clinton? What a stinker that was.

I mentioned to me wife yesterday evening that Obama made an error with Daschle but when you're recruiting from a DC crowd you get what you can.

Gerard said...

I have two more points to make:
1- I prefer to post just my name. Using my blogger identity was an error. Don't go to my blog. You will be disappointed.

2- This is the first openly political comment I have ever read by Crider. (Aside from comments about the peanut brain County Commissioners in Blacklin County.)