Thursday, December 3, 2015

Daschle, Lott: Congress at 'Crisis Point'



Montana Senator Max Baucus threw fellow Democrat Tom Daschle under the bus during a pre-confirmation quarrel in 2009.
Why doesn’t anyone mention Tom Daschle when they talk about possible Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate election in 2016? The retirement of the party’s last federal office-holder, U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, last year left the Democrats without a leader. So the question remains. If not Daschle in 2016, then who? [excerpt, Bob Mercer]
President Obama's pick for Health and Human Services Secretary, Daschle was widely expected to push Congress toward a Medicaid-for-all health care plan as Big Pharma-backed Baucus worked to pass the Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare. Daschle withdrew from nomination.

Note during the video introduction that Daschle proudly said he is a Democrat from South Dakota.

How often does anyone say that any more?

With Harry Reid stepping down as Minority Leader and the possibility that Democrats could retake the Senate why wouldn't Tom Daschle, who retains his seniority if elected, want to reach for the brass ring an unvetted, ethics-negative John Thune can't touch?

2 comments:

  1. Tom Daschle has pretty much divorced himself from anything South Dakota. He sold his house in Aberdeen and moved his mother to California. People who know him well have said he simply wants no more of the hate campaigns that have become part of state politics. And people have forgot how Herseth Sandlin split the party when she voted against the Affordable Healthcare Act, which Daschle helped to shape, the EPA, and other progressive programs Daschle supported. The South Dakota that elected him to office doesn't exist anymore.

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    1. Losing is not an option for either of the Democrats you mentioned, that's for sure but winning certainly is. Cory Heidelberger believes there is plenty of time to announce for statewide office. We'll see.

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