Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Between Barack and a Hard Place

Busy busy today, so only have time to point and nod. Two fine articles up at The Nation that makes me even more convinced Obama's built a Cabinet crawling with termites. First, there's one about Judd Gregg, who is nominated for Commerce, but:

President Obama's new candidate to run the Commerce Department voted in favor of abolishing the agency as a member of the Budget Committee and on the Senate floor in 1995.

Almost as good as John Bolton at the UN.

Then there's the demise of Daschle, which evidently rhymes with bashful. He always seemed too much the DC insider for my tastes, but this article really lays it all out, including a passage like this one that makes me wonder WTF Obama was thinking:

When he ran unsuccessfully for re-election in 2004, the Daschle campaign appealed to South Dakota voters with television ads that featured a picture of the Democratic leader hugging the Republican president and a headline that read: "Daschle: Time to Unite Behind Troops, Bush."



Blogger George said...

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8:21 PM  
Blogger Rickey Henderson said...

If you stretch it, Daschle also kinds of rhymes with weasel. Good riddance, says Rickey.

5:24 AM  
Blogger Smitty said...

Daschle's ties to, and independent contracting for, the health industry should have disqualified him as a nominee from day one, given Obama's "no lobbyists" rule. But at least we don't have to worry about him any more, and Obama, at least from what I heard on NPR this morning, actually sounded apologetic, which is something we never got from the other regime even when they were absolutely wrong.

6:05 AM  
Blogger Trekking Left said...

I'm gonna go against the grain and defend Daschle a little here. Yes, he has skeletons, but I do think he's done a lot of good for Democrats over the years.

More importantly, however, I'm not sure Obama would be president without him. Firstly, he was a key advisor during Obama's campaign; helping him navigate Washington. Secondly, according to a recent Frontline episode, Daschle pretty much gave Obama his staff after losing his re-election bid in South Dakota (recognizing Obama's potential early on).

10:00 AM  

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