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December 04, 2003

Why I Like Daschle

A lot of folks piled on Daschle after the Medicare vote, calling to dump him in favor of someone supposedly better.

I argued that Daschle had led the Democrats in tough times throughout Bush's Presidency and done very well with a poor hand in blocking a lot of Bush's program

Now Avedon Carol has admitted she might owe Daschle an apology based on this article where Dick Durbin praised Daschle for his role during the Medicare fight:

the criticism of Tom Daschle for not closing ranks on the Democratic side to stop the Medicare bill is misplaced...the Democrats came within a single vote of stopping the bill on a point of order. Mr. Daschle is the captain of a small boat filled with titanic egos. He has kept us on course despite a Republican White House and Republican Senate majority. It has been no small feat.
It's possible someone else could have done a better job, but the majority of Democratic Senators who have elected and reelected Daschle for the job may have good reason to disagree.

Posted by Nathan at December 4, 2003 10:12 PM