Daschle Withdraws!

Obama Health Care

How awkward!

This makes two Obama Cabinet appointees to withdraw in one day:

Tom Daschle has withdrawn his nomination to be Health and Human Services secretary.

That’s according to a joint White House statement from President Barack Obama and his former nominee.

Obama said Tuesday he accepted the withdrawal “with sadness and regret.”

Daschle has been battling for his nomination since it was disclosed he failed to pay more than $120,000 in taxes.

He said he’s withdrawing because he’s not a leader who has the full faith of Congress and will be a distraction.

When the Gray Lady called for his withdrawal, the writing was on the wall.

Earlier today, Chief Performance Officer appointee, Nancy Killefer withdrew because of her own tax evasion issue.

What’s going on, here? First Geithner, then Killefer and Daschle…what’s wrong with the White House vetters? Were they so confident in the wind at Obama’s back that they figured it would have been enough to blow them past these problems?

It was already asking a lot to have people accept a tax cheat for Secretary of the Treasury. Two more was asking too much.

RELATED:

Sean Hannity wonders what the deal is with all these Democrat tax cheats.

MORE:

Oops…looks like this photo from a recent Vanity Fair spread needs to be cropped.

STILL MORE:

Larry Kudlow:

Now that Tom Daschle has withdrawn his nomination for health secretary because of his failure to pay taxes, and Nancy Killefer, who was appointed chief performance officer and deputy OMB director, has also withdrawn because of non-payment of taxes, it is time for Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner to do exactly the same.

Geithner never answered the question put to him by senators Kyl and Bunning: Would he have paid his back taxes if he were not nominated to run the Treasury? His issue has never been resolved. He will never have the full trust of the country.

UPDATE:

I agree with The New Editor who lists the many missteps made by Obama since his inauguration:

The first couple of weeks of the Obama Administration has simply reinforced my stated belief that the Obama campaign and subsequent election represents the biggest, most successful political con of my lifetime.

Yep.

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