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Daschle Withdraws: Thank God

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By Ben Cohen

Wonderful news today - Corporate shill Tom Daschle has withdrawn his nomination to be HHS secretary due to his failure to pay his taxes. Progressives should be over joyed at this, as Daschle was about the least likely person to reform health care outside the Republican party. As Glenn Greenwald puts it:

There's no need to withhold judgment on Daschle himself.He embodies

everything that is sleazy, sickly, and soul-less about Washington.

It's probably impossible for Obama to fill his cabinet with individuals

entirely free of Beltway filth -- it's extremely rare to get anywhere

near that system without being infected by it -- but Daschle oozes

Beltway slime from every pore.

It will be interesting to see who Obama replaces him with. Howard Dean's name has been floating around the press corps, which would be an improvement, but not a significant one.