Tom Daschle gave up his nomination for Health and Human Services Secretary, raising a host of questions, Matthew Cooper writes at Talking Points Memo. Did an issue besides tax problems arise? Was the decision really Daschle’s, or the administration’s? Some other big issues:
- How many Obama nominees will be felled by tax issues? If Geithner’s $34,000 is OK but Daschle’s $140,000 isn’t, where is that line?
- Beyond heading the HHS, Daschle was billed by Obama as the pointman for the overhaul of the health care system. Who will lead the charge now?
- Will there be any fallout for Leo Hindery, the financier whose chauffeur service was the source of Daschle’s accounting problems?
- How badly is Obama—in light of his call for a “new era of responsibility”—tarnished by his nominees' tax blunders?
- Majority leader seems to be a thankless job. Jim Sasser lost re-election in 1994. Bob Dole quit the post to stage a losing campaign for president. Trent Lott was ousted over racial issues. Now Daschle’s career is over.