John Nichols (The Nation):
With the exit of the atrocious Tom Daschle as President Obama's nominee to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services, there is now much talk about nominating former Vermont Governor and Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean for the position.Howie P.S.: Expanding on Nichol's unkind view of Daschle, here's "Ethical Malpractice" (Marie Cocco). Cocco's wrath splashes onto Obama, as well. Katie Couric (CBS News) presses Obama and he admits (on Daschle) "I Messed Up"--text and video (05:27). He then takes the opportunity to explain the content of his stimulus package. The Seattle P-I has a sympathetic news story about that: "Obama's stimulus plan to boost economy begins at home," with a warm, fuzzy photo:
The opening for fundamental reform of a badly broken healthcare system exists. The next HHS Secretary should be someone who believes in making the most of that opening to achieve the long-deferred goal of Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman: the creation of a national healthcare system that provides quality care for all Americans.
"Chayan Trujillo, 3, Crystal Bravo, 5, Monica Sanchez-Alonso, 4, Esrah Al-Sheblawy, 4, and Tanya Alcatar, 4, draw in their journals during afternoon class Tuesday at the Highline Head Start program in Burien. The president’s stimulus plan includes a cash infusion for the early-learning programs Head Start and Early Head Start."
Peter Wallsten (LA Times, with video) surveys the damage and the cleanup efforts with ""Obama moves to regain ground after 'self-induced injury'. Ruth Marcus (WaPo) looks at the lobbyist issue: "The Scarlet Lobbyist." A Wall Street Journal story addresses another stimulus issue: "Obama Risks Flap on 'Buy American'." The Columbia Journalism Review prods the press with ""The Daschle Dilemma.