What's the Fallout from Daschle's Withdrawal?

Major issues in the wake of Daschle's withdrawal
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2009 2:10 PM CST
What's the Fallout from Daschle's Withdrawal?
In this Dec. 11, 2008 file photo, Barack Obama, right, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, during a news conference in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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:

  1. 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?
  2. 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?

  1. Will there be any fallout for Leo Hindery, the financier whose chauffeur service was the source of Daschle’s accounting problems?
  2. How badly is Obama—in light of his call for a “new era of responsibility”—tarnished by his nominees' tax blunders?
  3. 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.
(More Tom Daschle stories.)

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