Obama tells a surprisingly blunt Katie Couric, “I messed up.”
Tom Daschle‘s quick exit from the health-care Cabinet job is just proof that he was a poor choice for the job.
If the guy can’t get it together enough to wipe his nose clean after rubbing it against the rear of society schmuckettes like Catherine Reynolds, then he’s not the person to tackle the extraordinarily tricky job of cleaning up the health-care mess.
He should just return to his destiny: playing off his former job in Congress to lobby his former Congress pals on behalf of rich clients. (See Muckety’s quick read on Daschle’s ties to Reynolds.)
Daschle wasn’t a notable senator in the first place, despite his high post in the Democratic Party heirarchy. Teddy Kennedy or Paul Wellstone he wasn’t.
Barack Obama did take responsibility for the Daschle embarrassment and did admit that he, the president, screwed up, but it was Daschle who screwed up his own nomination to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.
All he had to do was come clean to Obama or Obama’s vetters, and this wouldn’t have happened. Actually, he could have just paid his taxes in the first place. But hubris isn’t exclusive to Wall Street bankers or pro athletes. Former senators often think that they, too, are above the law or the law’s consequences.
Obama’s screw-up came when he picked Daschle in the first place — unless Obama wanted a weak-sister guy like Daschle in there. All of this leaves murky the question of what exactly the Obama regime has in mind for health care.
The last time a Democratic administration came to power, Bill Clinton turned the health-care issue over to Hillary Clinton, who, true to her conservative roots, immediately reneged on her vow to supporters and advisers to consider a national health-care plan. Instead, she relied on the inherently corrupt health-care industry — not the doctors, but the insurers — and any hope of a cleaner, fairer, more inclusive national health-care plan that wouldn’t be controlled by the middlemen (the insurers) was doomed. (Click here for my February 2005 rant about this; you’ll have to scroll down a little ways to get to it.)
In any case, good-bye, Daschle. Don’t let the revolving door hit you on your way into and out of government offices.
The rest of you, however, are welcome to stay right here and click on the following items…
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N.Y. Daily News: ‘Obama puts salary cap on bailout businesses’
N.Y. Post: ‘VANISH CO-ED COMES CLEAN’
Wall Street Journal: ‘Obama on Defense as Daschle Withdraws’
Mr. Daschle’s sudden withdrawal came two weeks to the day after Mr. Obama took office, and 24 hours after the president told reporters that he “absolutely” stood by his nominee. The abrupt move stands to potentially dent the reputation for steadiness and managerial prowess that the 47-year-old president had cultivated over a smoothly run campaign and a transition to power that boasted of a swift vetting and nomination of top aides.
Brooklyn Paper: ‘Macy’s to Brooklyn workers: You’re safe for now’
N.Y. Times: ‘Despite Vow, Target of Immigrant Raids Shifted’
Instead, newly available documents show, the agency changed the rules, and the program increasingly went after easier targets. A vast majority of those arrested had no criminal record, and many had no deportation orders against them, either.
Any additional compensation will be in restricted stock that won’t vest until taxpayers have been paid back, according to an administration official, who requested anonymity. The rules will force greater transparency on the use of corporate jets, office renovations and holiday parties as well as golden parachutes offered to executives when they leave companies.
N.Y. Daily News: ‘Blago’s sideshow visits Late Show‘
N.Y. Post: ‘PROTESTERS CRASH BASH TO BOO BLOOMY’
N.Y. Daily News: ‘Tax would be curtains, Broadway tells Gov’
N.Y. Times: ‘In Shattered Gaza Town, Roots of Seething Split’ (Ethan Bronner)
Wall Street Journal: ‘Stimulus Brings Out City Wish Lists’
Wall Street Journal: ‘Plans Emerge for New Troop Deployments to Afghanistan’
Virtually none of the new troops heading to Afghanistan will go to Kabul or other major Afghan cities. By contrast, when the Bush administration dispatched 30,000 new troops to Iraq as part of the so-called surge, the bulk of the new forces went to Baghdad….
The deployments, part of a planned doubling of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, are almost certain to spark heavier casualties and push the war squarely onto the public agenda. “I hate to say it, but yes, I think there will be [more U.S. casualties],” Vice President Joe Biden said on CBS Sunday. “There will be an uptick.”
N.Y. Daily News: ‘Man with pigeons in his pants gets nabbed at airport’
N.Y. Post: ‘BRUTAL BRONX THUG CAUGHT IN THE ACT’
Peabody Energy Corp., the biggest U.S. coal producer, says another prominent Democrat has pledged to make the technology a reality: President Barack Obama.
The Gore-Obama split illustrates a growing debate in the U.S. as the new president attempts to deliver on his promise to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the country 80 percent by 2050. Depending on who’s speaking, coal is either the villain or part of the solution.
Wall Street Journal: ‘Time Warner Falls Into the Red’
Wall Street Journal: ‘Iran’s Report of Satellite Launch Stirs U.S. Concern’
N.Y. Post: ‘JUDGE: GAY SPOUSE GETS ESTATE’
Wall Street Journal: ‘Ticketmaster Is Near Deal With Live Nation’
Wall Street Journal: ‘Detroit Reels as Auto Sales Skid’
N.Y. Daily News: ‘Dissed as kid, Spitz pimp cries’
N.Y. Post: ‘COLUMBIA “THIEF” BUST’
Wall Street Journal: ‘Border-Fence Project Hits a Snag’
N.Y. Post: ‘SHUTTERING NEWS FOR BRANDEIS HS’
N.Y. Daily News: ‘Witness paints Mafia’s image by the numbahs’
From the Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Markopolos had warned the SEC for nearly a decade that Mr. Madoff was operating a Ponzi scheme. Mr. Markopolos is set to testify before a House committee Wednesday, and 311 pages of his written testimony became public Tuesday evening.
N.Y. Times: ‘Witness on Madoff Tells of Fear for Safety’
House Committee on Financial Services: ‘Assessing the Madoff Ponzi Scheme and Regulatory Failures’ (Today’s hearing, featuring Markopolos and government officials)