What exactly was the point of that endless questionnaire Team Obama famously had prospective worker bees fill out? A fifth Obama nominee has run into some controversy, the fourth due to a failure to pay taxes, although in the case of Labor Secretary-designate Hilda Solis, her husband is to blame.
"I'm frustrated with myself, with our team," the president said Tuesday as he worked the cameras to try to limit the fallout from his appointee implosion.
President Obama blitzed the networks Tuesday to say "I screwed up." Three of Obama's high-profile nominees had failed to pay all the taxes they owed. Two were forced to withdraw from consideration earlier Tuesday. The president said he wanted to "send a message that there aren't two sets of rules—you know, one for prominent people and one for ordinary folks who have to pay their taxes."
No need to fumble for words that sum up the stew of hypocrisy, arrogance and insiderism that is the unfolding saga of Tom Daschle. This is the audacity of audacity.
Fifty million Americans are without health insurance, and 25 million are "underinsured." Millions being laid off will soon be added to those rolls. At this perilous moment, we need sweeping New Deal-caliber changes, not the impotent tinkering that has been proposed.
Those famous "multiple Democratic sources close to the transition" have revealed three more members of Barack Obama's Cabinet: Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle as secretary of health and human services, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as chief of homeland security
and Obama's billionaire buddy and top fundraiser Penny Pritzker to head the Commerce Department. Update: Pritzker is out.