Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Whew! What a whirlwind today. I had quite a testy post drafted about the huge double standard surrounding Nancy Killefer’s withdrawal of her nomination for chief performance officer in the Obama administration, compared to the much bigger tax issues from Tim Geithner and Tom Daschle.
Others were quicker than I was to comment, including a great post on the Chicago Tribune blog “The Swamp” that’s now been removed. The double standard was glaring. It seemed like a repeat of Zoë Baird. Killefer’s nomination can be derailed for less than a $1000 in unpaid nanny taxes, but Dashcle kept the steadfast support of the President for over $140,000 in back taxes for the use of a private car.
This from an administration promising an end to politics as usual?
So, I’m more than relieved to see that Daschle has also decided to withdraw his nomination. Whether it was the embarrassment of the internet revival of an old campaign commercial, the New York Times editorial today, or the Administration telling him to withdraw, it was the right thing to do.