Sunday, February 01, 2009

"When Obama picked Tom Daschle to be the HHS Secretary, I nearly shit my pants."

In response to Matt Taibbi's admission of a narrowly averted digestive disaster, I add added this comment on Matt's Rolling Stone blog Taibbi Unbound


Had you been a regular reader of Open Left, your jockeys would not have been in jeopardy. On June 28, 2008, Matt Stoller crystal-balled it while marking Obama's about face on the FISA compromise bill,

"Tom Daschle is going to end up in a powerful position within the Obama administration, either head of HHS or Chief of Staff."

You see, Daschle had just done some critical yeoman's work shoring up the candidate's flank by providing this quote for Johnathan Weisman's Washington Post piece about the consequences of Obama's dramatic move to the middle.

"Those who accomplish the most are those who don't make the perfect the enemy of the good. Barack is a pragmatist. In that sense, he has a larger vision but oftentimes knows that we can't get there with one legislative effort. When these occasions arise, he is willing to accept progress, even marginal gain, as a step toward that vision."

BTW, I'm bumping my feed ranking for Open Left. You should too.

My comment comes a little late, since the Taibbi post was dated December 2nd, but I just became aware of it in today's must read piece on Daschle by Glenn Greenwald.
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