Daschle’s Out

So sayeth teh intertubes.

And that’s a good thing, for all the reasons Greenwald lays out here. But it makes me wonder about what Matt Cooper said over at TPMDC just yesterday:

At the moment, you have to think Tom Daschle is going to pull this out. It’s possible that his failure to pay taxes on a limo rides and other benefits he accrued from a New York financier may yet do in his nomination to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. But several things have turned Daschle’s way today.

So what killed the nomination? Well, two possibilities: either Daschle’s even more corrupt than anyone realized, and he backed out to save himself more problems … or Obama canned the nomination to preserve his good-government image when it seems like half of his nominees don’t know how to pay their damn taxes.

Either way, good riddance. And by the way, what the hell happened to the Obama camp’s infamously draconian vetting process? How were they not catching this stuff?

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4 Responses

  1. I love how not paying your taxes is such a big evil, yet the Bush administration is responsible for over 1,000,000 innocent deaths, and that’s alright.
    America bewilders me at times.

  2. It’s not just about the taxes–read Greenwald’s post. It’s about the fact that Daschle had far too many conflicts of interest to effectively represent the best interests of the American people in reforming our healthcare system.

  3. Indeed. WTF?

  4. […] Unlike Ned, I think Daschle’s departure is a net-loss for liberals; after all, he is one of the very few people with the experience and skillset necessary to successfully spearhead the massive effort to build a truly national health care system.  That said, I can’t help but feel pleased that we have a president who is willing to admit mistakes, and admit them publicly.  And from a PR standpoint, I can’t help but think that this improves Obama’s position since I think that most people are looking at the situation from an angle similar to Daniel’s.   […]

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