Dean for HHS or GTFO

Howard Dean saved the Democratic Party. He freaking saved it. Lets take a short trip back to the run-up to the Iraq war. Do you remember how sh*tty it was to be an anti-war Democrat back then? Freedom fries. The Dixie Chicks banned from country radio. Michael Moore booed off the stage. Tom Daschle giving the keys to George W. Bush.

Howard Dean was the lone voice in the wilderness that progressive Democrats could look to. He bravely took the stage at the 2003 DNC meeting, at a time, I might add, when many people were too scared to stand up to the Bush Administration. In true form, Dean kicked ass:

"What I want to know is why in the world the Democratic party leadership is supporting the president's unilateral attack on Iraq."

It was on. With those words, Howard Dean pushed those spineless Demo-wimps aside. Finally, here was a Democrat with balls.

Most relevant to this unique moment in time, in his iconic speech, is this hopefully prophetic passage:

"In our state virtually every child under the age of 18 has health insurance.  [cheers].  We made Medicaid into a middle class entitlement.  If I become president with your help, the first item of business on our agenda is to do something that Harry Truman put in the Democratic platform in 1948.  We're going to bring health insurance to every man, woman and child in America.  [cheers, applause].  I'm the only doctor in this race, and I've done it."

You know the rest of the story --- Howard Dean deserves to be secretary of health and human services. YA HEARD.

Tags: HHS, Howard Dean (all tags)



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Agreed and rec'd

by XoFalconXo 2009-02-03 08:54AM | 0 recs
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Someone can't just be appointed to HHS because s/he is a swell guy.  I like Dean as much as the next person and I agree that he has contributed mightily to the Democratic cause, but he may not be qualified to run a sprawling federal agency.

by rfahey22 2009-02-03 08:59AM | 0 recs
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Ex-governor is certainly qualified to head HHS. Doctor, too. Re-engineered the Health care in his State, a political and social parting the waters type miracle.

Rec'd and agree whole heartedly with the Diarist.

by QTG 2009-02-03 09:04AM | 0 recs
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Yeah he'd be great.  Unfortunately, the mighty PUMAs will never let this happen.  They'll spend all their formidable political clout to block it.  If only they were less influential.  


by Strummerson 2009-02-03 09:07AM | 0 recs
Yes, the onslaught will be hellicious

All 67 of them will blog their little hearts out at the Confluence.

Dr. Dean is doomed, I tell you..

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-03 09:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Yes, the onslaught will be hellicious

They're up to 67?  Are you sure you didn't count, like, 30 of them twice?

by fogiv 2009-02-03 09:32AM | 0 recs
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They might know where you live.

by Strummerson 2009-02-03 09:36AM | 0 recs
I'm counting their kittys...

They are honary PUMAs, but in fact, they just sleep and yawn a lot...

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-03 10:21AM | 0 recs
Re: I'm counting their kittys...

I think COUGARS are neater than pumas..

by Trey Rentz 2009-02-04 11:48AM | 0 recs
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Vermont's total budget is on the scale of $5 billion or so.  HHS has a budget of over $700 billion.  Additionally, it competes with other federal agencies for appropriations and to pass favorable legislation.  So no, I don't think the comparison is apt.

He might be qualified, but the fact that he's a doctor and an ex-governor is not sufficient.

by rfahey22 2009-02-03 09:12AM | 0 recs
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 Dean is the only person who, when sharing a room with Obama, can generate legitimate doubts as to who is the smartest one there.  

by QTG 2009-02-03 09:23AM | 0 recs
Dean would a lot better pick than Daschle

because he has executive experience. I was not an admirer of Daschle when he was the majority leader. He was weak and was responsible for us to lose the control of the senate. Good riddance.

by Joshuagen 2009-02-03 09:25AM | 0 recs
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Other than former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson, the HHS secretaries have not been high profile people.

Michael Okerlund Leavitt was governor of Utah, which is not exactly a big state.

Donna Shalala was chancellor of UW Madison.

Louis Sullivan founded Morehouse School of Medicine.

I think being a presidential candidate and chair of the Dem Party put Dean's pre-HHS experience ahead of at least three of the last four HHS Secretaries.

by Carl Nyberg 2009-02-03 12:23PM | 0 recs
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Exactly. This "the agency is too complex for Dean" is the most ridiculous argument.

Obama was elected to be in charge of the ENTIRE executive branch of the United States. Not just one agency. And most of the country feels confident he can handle it.

The qualifications for top executive positions in government should be that you are f'ing smart and good at getting things done.

Dean qualifies.

by Rob in Vermont 2009-02-03 01:34PM | 0 recs
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He was a freaking Governor. I would say he has administrative experience. He is a doctor. And I am willing to wager he has no tax problems.

by Pravin 2009-02-03 03:42PM | 0 recs
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Dean has no tax issues whatsoever.

by Trey Rentz 2009-02-04 11:49AM | 0 recs
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Former governor who was a physician might not have the requisite experience, then I don't know who would then, whether he's the best choice or not. And there was that whole party he ran

by Dog Chains 2009-02-03 06:00PM | 0 recs
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Has he paid his taxes?

because I bet from now on that's the FIRST question that gets asked before someone gets appointed by Obama anymore.

by TruthMatters 2009-02-03 09:02AM | 0 recs
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No kidding.  Who are the other contenders besides Dean?  Wesley Snipes?  Willie Nelson?

by fogiv 2009-02-03 09:17AM | 0 recs
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The Obama team had that long questionnaire and then they nominate people with problems that should have popped up on a much shorter questionnaire.

"Have you testified before a grand jury?"

"Is there an active grand jury investigation investigating conduct of you or your supporters?"

"Do you know about any tax obligations you have outstanding?"

by Carl Nyberg 2009-02-03 12:26PM | 0 recs
It's funny how ordinary people who don't pay their

taxes it's  called "tax evasion" but when it's these elites it's called "tax mistake" - I wish the IRS would do an audit on all of them! Weed the cheaters out and let them explain it to their constituents when they are up for reelection!

by suzieg 2009-02-04 12:46AM | 0 recs
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yes dean

by art3 2009-02-03 09:04AM | 0 recs
Me too

Dr. Dean is a hero of mine..

BTW, I have been known to do the Dr. Dean howl on various occasions!

Yes, we can't let a man be President who screams with joy, but we can let a moran who destroys the economy and our standing in the world...



by WashStateBlue 2009-02-03 09:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Me too

hells to the yes.  

thank goodness someone is keeping the howl alive.  

by selfevident 2009-02-03 09:25AM | 0 recs

Pure guess I'm thinking it might well be Dr. Jeanne Lambrew. She's halfway in the position now. -lambrew/ nt_elect_obama_nominates_senator_daschle _as_secretary_of_hhs/

by jsfox 2009-02-03 09:20AM | 0 recs

Here ye! Hear yea! I say yes!!

by Trey Rentz 2009-02-03 09:26AM | 0 recs
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How does anyone even know Dean is in the running?  I'd definitely support him,            but Obama has strangely seemed to distance himself throughout the whole transition process.  Plus, a lot of the Clintonistas working in the Obama administration are no doubt still pissed at Dean for imagined slights during the primaries.

by XoFalconXo 2009-02-03 09:37AM | 0 recs
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Team of Rivals anyone?

by Strummerson 2009-02-03 09:44AM | 0 recs
If RAHM's over it, everyone's over it.

... if nothing else, because you DON't wanna be on his bad side.

by RisingTide 2009-02-04 07:25AM | 0 recs
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by Steve M 2009-02-03 09:57AM | 0 recs
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I like Daschle, although he did get played by Team Bush/GOP on the Iraq War.

But I could live with Dean being the second choice.

by Carl Nyberg 2009-02-03 12:13PM | 0 recs

The roadblock to a Howard Dean appointment is Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel has such a strong dislike (Nice way of saying it) for Dean that he will not let him anywhere near this Government.

Let's hope that the grown ups have a chance to weigh in and bring Dr. Howard Dean (and Dr. Judy Dean!) on as HHC Secretary.

by JJonMyDD 2009-02-03 01:44PM | 0 recs
rahm's over it.
there's a time and place for heated debate. They did that. Now Rahm's got new toys, and is learning how to use 'em.
Dean'd be an interesting pick. not sure he could get it through, but I do like Dean's... insider knowledge.
by RisingTide 2009-02-04 07:26AM | 0 recs
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Recced for the title.  Indeed, Dean or GTFO!

by Skaje 2009-02-03 03:33PM | 0 recs
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Dean can have HHS, but I have dibs on Secretary of GTFO.

by fogiv 2009-02-03 03:36PM | 0 recs
sign the petition !

we're up to 744 signatures at time of writing. tition.html

by Trey Rentz 2009-02-04 11:50AM | 0 recs


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