Daschle's exit a big deal? Talking heads disagree!
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Middle of the road
Perhaps the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
As ABC's Sam Donaldson says this morning, "Political Washington is recalculating its view that the president and his people know what they're doing and are truly different from the type of politician the country has grown to dislike. Every president stumbles now and then, and so far this one has been more sure-footed than most. Still, the questions about Obama and his advisers are now very much on the table for continued inspection."
By the way, now that Daschle is out, who might get the nod for HHS? You may have heard the names buzzing around: Howard Dean, Kansas Governor Kathy Sebelius, California's Health and Human Services Secretary Kim Belshe, and former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber are just a few of them.
A couple names brought up last night on MSNBC, however, were unique.
"Health care is the big long term issue domestically for the United States," Fineman said. "It is going to take someone who is a majority leader of maybe even a president to put all the pieces of the puzle together. If Bill Clinton has the time, he'd be great."
When asked if people are pushing for the former president or if this could be a possibility, Fineman said, "No."
Joe the Secretary
More absurdity later in the hour when author/comedian Michael Ian Black appeared on the program.
His recommendation? Joe the Plumber (who is currently advising the GOP on the economy).
"My understanding is we need a Secretary of Health and Human Services," Black said. "If he could only do for health care what he's done for every other project that he's tackled ... nothing good will happen."