I like this anti-Daschle piece by Marie Cocco
2. Another tough piece that is still in some ways too easy on Daschle:
Why can't anyone but me point out that Senator Daschle has no substantive administrative experience, and he's being appointed to administer a $750 billion annual bureacracy? Or his extraordinarily weak academic resume compared to others appointed to HHS? His level and calibre of education is Palinesque. And as Senator of South Dakota, how many people did he ever represent? a few tens of thousand? There's a near conspiracy not to expose the level of ridiculousness of putting Daschle in charge of Treasury, even without the lobbyist payday scandal.
James Ridgeway, Mother Jones:
3. Dan Shaviro gets extraordinarily high marks for his predictions back in 2004.
"Wednesday, December 29, 2004
New Year's predictions
I certainly don't claim to have special intuitions about the future (I almost used the cliche "crystal ball"), nor do I have the sort of inside information that I would need to put real money down on anything. But I do think that:
1) Iraq will go really badly - as much beyond what we now expect as 2004 was relative to expectations a year ago.
2) Social Security will be going badly for Bush, and he will extricate himself with an irresponsible giveaway that offers individual accounts as a free benefit on top of everything else.
3) Though perhaps not until 2006, tax reform will turn into a small package of changes, with no significant revenue-raiser apart from (possibly) repeal of the state and local tax deduction if they can push it through despite the leeriness of blue state Republicans.
4) The Yankees will win another world championship, with at least one major superstar being added after Randy Johnson and Carlos Beltran, and with a payroll that is 2X even the Red Sox and Angels (say, $220 million). By year's end they will be adding more superstars.
5) At least one other major foreign policy disaster for the US will strike. No predictions about terror attacks here as that, literally, hits too close to home for me. (Living near Ground Zero will do that.)
6) The US economy will be doing poorly, but the timing of fiscal meltdown will still be unpredictable.
7) Bush's approval rating will be in the 40-43% range, but the Democrats will still be floundering. (Perhaps I should be ashamed of myself for making such an obvious prediction as the latter.)
8) More Administration scandals even though it is hard to see who would report or investigate them.
Cheer up, all, and pop those champagne corks. I know that I will - as Jim Carrey would say as the Mask, because I gotta.
Posted by Daniel Shaviro at 10:21 PM"
4. Another Harvard Law Magna Cum Laude:
POSITION: DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL
NOMINEE: David Ogden
Born: November 12, 1953
Family: Wife, Anne Harkavy, and three children.
Occupation: partner at the Washington, D.C. firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, co-running the firm's Government and Regulatory Litigation Practice Group.
Education: B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, 1976; J.D. magna cum laude in 1981 from Harvard Law School
Clinton White House: 1994-1995, Deputy General Counsel and the Legal Counsel for the United States Department of Defense; 1995 - 1997, Associate Deputy Attorney General in the United States Department of Justice; 1997 - 1998, Counselor to the United States Attorney General; 1998 - 1999, chief of staff to the United States Attorney General; 1999 - 2000, Acting Assistant Attorney General; 2000 - 2001, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Division in the United States Department of Justice."
5. Finally, 1 person other than me acknowledges that Senator Daschle (1) is making a ridiculous administrative leap from managing nothing to managing the federal government's largest bureacracy, and (2) that he's not a recognized health (and human services) expert. Thank you Rich Lowry.
"Daschle, the former Senate majority leader, has no management experience to prepare him for running a 60,000-person department and has no greater expertise in health care -- he's co-authored a book on the subject -- than any number of other possible nominees."