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February 03, 2009



I was particularly struck by the defense offered by Daschle’s spokesperson to the effect that he’d got used to having a car and driver as a senator and apparently forgot there was any other way to get around. Being out of touch in that way wouldn’t necessarily make you a bad health care czar, but you have to wonder about the divide between the policy makers and the ordinary people they’re supposed to be helping.

For what it’s worth, the lefty argument I read for Daschle went something like this: sure, he’s the pool boy of the healthcare industry, but Obama would need someone with Daschle’s ‘credibility’ with the industry to get anything through. I suppose there’s a certain Nixon-to-China logic about that, although Daschle never struck me as the sort to be found on any barricades.

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