Sen. Daschle Has Withdrawn His Nomination

Here is the report from MSNBC’s First Read blog:

From NBC’s Athena Jones
Breaking News: Tom Daschle has withdrawn his name to be President Obama’s HHS secretary. More information to come.

*** UPDATE *** Obama issued this statement: “This morning, Tom Daschle asked me to withdraw his nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Services. I accept his decision with sadness and regret.”

“Tom Daschle has devoted his life to public service and health care reform, so that every American has access to health care they can afford. I had hoped that he could bring this passion and expertise to bear to finally achieve that goal, which is so essential to the progress of our economy and the well-being of businesses and families across our nation.

“Tom made a mistake, which he has openly acknowledged. He has not excused it, nor do I. But that mistake, and this decision, cannot diminish the many contributions Tom has made to this country, from his years in the military to his decades of public service. Now we much move forward, with our plan to lift this economy and put people back to work.”

*** UPDATE 2 *** The statement from Daschle: “I have just informed the president that I am withdrawing my name from consideration for Secretary of Health and Human Services. To be chosen by President Obama to run the Department of Health and Human Services and to lead the reform of America’s health care system is one of the signal honors of an improbable career.”

“But if 30 years of exposure to the challenges inherent in our system has taught me anything, it has taught me that this work will require a leader who can operate with the full faith of Congress and the American people, and without distraction. Right now, I am not that leader, and will not be a distraction. The focus of Congress should be on the urgent business moving the President’s economic agenda forward, including affordable health care for every American.”

“We need the best care in America to be availabe to all Americans. We need this effort to succeed. Lives and livelihoods are at stake. I will not be the architect of America’s health system reform, but I remain one of its most fervent supporters. Thank you.”

*** UPDATE 3 *** The White House confirms that Daschle will not stay on in the White House role as health care czar created for him.

3 Responses to “Sen. Daschle Has Withdrawn His Nomination”

  1. tas says:

    Good. I saw a tweet from Satan Malkin gloating that Obama admitted making a mistake regarding Daschle’s nomination.. Hey, at least we now have a president who isn’t afraid to say “Yeah, I fucked up.” As opposed to Bush, who’s going to defend his decision to invade Iraq to his grave.

  2. Kathy says:

    Is it just me, or has Malkin gotten even shriller and pettier since Obama took office?

  3. tas says:

    Yes — See my last post about that the silliness of her shrillness.

    Here’s my theory about it: Malkin’s schtick (all of the rightwing pundit’s schticks, really) is to say something, anything bad about Obama. So their goal is to now dig for anything that they can use as fodder to throw to their rabid reader base. Let’s not forget that Malkin derives of fame and living from satisfying these people’s need for hating anyone on the left. So if there’s no real bad news about Obama on a particular day, people like Malkin have to grasp at straws.

    A metric of how well the Obama administration is doing could very well be the patheticness of Malkin’s blog headlines from day to day.

    All such a metric would need is a clever name, actually. 🙂 Some options.. Malk-o-meter, Malkrtic, Satan’s Bullshit Monitor, etc.

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