"Tom has been held up to a lot of ridicule. Tom has been held up to a lot of obloquy. He's been held up to a lot of criticism over this but he said he was sorry, what else do people want?" Janklow said.
Janklow thinks it's a mistake that Daschle stepped down because he believes the former senator truly wanted to help make a difference in healthcare.
"The news says he's making $2 to $5 million a year. He's going to walk away from that to go make $150,000 a year. Why? Because it's something he liked doing," Janklow said [Ben Dunsmoor, "Janklow Reacts to Daschle's Withdrawal," KELOLand.com, 2009.02.03].
Some commenters keep clamoring for a post on Tom Daschle's withdrawal from consideration for Secretary of Health and Human Services. They don't really want to hear my thoughts on the topic; they just want to "generate some Daschle clutter," as one deleted foul-mouthed commenter admitted.
Daschle has no one to blame for this political defeat but himself and his accountant. But his loss is also our loss, as Daschle was the right man for the job of moving health care reform through Congress. It's also made South Dakota look bad, giving commentators the opportunity (as I heard on NPR Tuesday) to suggest South Dakotans are unsophisticated rubes who can't handle finances more complicated than a 1040EZ.
The only victors in Daschle's defeat are the political grandstanders who have no interest in or capacity for intelligent discussion of health care policy and reform. They are more interested in scoring points in the very childish game they make of politics.