Daschle took gobs of money from health care interests, had a six figure tax liability (which is approximately three times the average annual American household earnings) and didn’t tell the administration about it until nearly a month after being named as HHS nominee. And Senators have to think hard about this?
This tells us more, of course, about the Senate and President Obama than it does about Daschle. (The latter, as many knew for years, was the consummate Washington insider who used his position to fatten his wife’s lobbyist portfolio.) The Senate is tragically cut off from the real world and often immune to the lives and opinions of ordinary people. It simply doesn’t recognize what is outrageous.
IMHO she actually misses the worst part about the guy: his smarmy, sanctimonious attitude.
Victor Davis Hanson, however, is able to identify, within the new governing process, a noble motive: “The well-off can be made to stop evading their taxes by nominating them for cabinet posts.”