Well said (and well-written. especially for a guy who used to collect his paycheck as a bureaucrat)! Who really thought that Tom Daschle was an excellent choice for the nation's top health-care job , except a bunch of lobbyists, including the ones who funded the former Senate Majority Leader's high-off-the-hog lifestyle, his former pals from the clubby confines of the U.S. Senate, and, sad to say, his good friend President Barack Obama?
I don't mean to say that as an overall indictment of Obama, the way that gleeful partisans on the right seem to be celebrating it as tonight. On policy, I like the majority of what he's done so far, from Gitmo to his economic stimulus plan which I think is on the right track -- which almost everybody thought a few weeks ago was the right track until our old "childish ways" kicked in on talk radio and in the halls of Congress. As for the tax mishaps, there is an irony is that most of these issues would never have been public if it wasn't for the vetting process, but why Team Obama didn't get a better handle on the information that was coming out in that vetting -- or act sooner when it learned it had been midled by Daschle -- is somewhat unfathomable.
And I think more importantly that Obama's selection of Daschle in the first place was a what-the-hell-were-you-thinking moment. I guess you could say the president did accomplish one of his cherished goals in bringing liberals and conservatives together -- since the not-to-be-HHS secretary was a choice that was loathed by both sides, albeit for differing reasons. How ironic that that the big blow against the Daschle pick was a scathing editorial in the so-called liberal New York Times.
For two years now, Americans have been so focused on picking a new president, because that seemed like the obvious antidote to the fiasco that was George W. Bush. And now we have a 44 who's a lot better than 43, and so the nation is waking up to a new and much worse nightmare, that it wasn't just one awful president who was stinking up the joint, but a whole rotten system, a permanent, undislodge-able government of limo-laden lobbyists, their political lackeys in both parties, and a braindead national media that can cover the living daylights out of somebody's nanny problems but heads for the hills when a top official makes an allegation of something serious like torture. And the more that sinks in, the more I wonder how this is all going to end, aside from...badly.