It would appear that a significant number of leading Dems would like to see Howard Dean become Secretary of Health and Human Services:

Senate Democratic heavyweights such as Tom Harkin (Iowa) and Patrick Leahy (Vt.) say that Dean, a doctor who focused on healthcare during his decade as Vermont’s governor, would make for a perfect choice.

Dean is a physician (of sorts), and his tenure at the DNC coincided with significant Democrat successes. But some question his ability to play well with others:

But conservative Senate Democrats are leery of Dean and privately question whether he would be able to work with centrists such as Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) to pass far-reaching reform.

Well, there must be some “conservatives” at the White House as well. Over there, apparently, the seething sawbones is not considered a serious candidate for the job.

White House officials say that Dean is not among the front-runners to succeed former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) as President Obama’s choice for Health and Human Services … Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is considered the front-runner.

That’s disappointing for me. Dean would be much more entertaining at HHS than would Sebelius. I mean, how could she compete with a guy like this?

Oh well … c’est la vie.

Comments 2

  1. Stephen Fox wrote:

    Dr. Dean would be by far the best. There has been only one Physician as HHS Secretary: Dr. Bowen, former Governor of Indiana, appointed by Ronald Reagan.

    NOT ONE PHYSICIAN AS HEALTH SECRETARY? What the hell is wrong with the United States?

    Further, Gov. Sebelius said categorically that she didn’t want the job.

    Dean would be by far the best.

    Stephen Fox

    Posted 18 Feb 2009 at 9:24 pm
  2. Matt Horn wrote:

    Boo to Dean, he hung up the stethescope and white coat for the red nose and oversize shoes years ago. Saying Snowe and Collins are moderates? Give me a break, they are liberals of the first order regardless of the letter by their name. No problem having a doc in the post, but a political hack? No thanks.

    Posted 20 Feb 2009 at 4:18 pm

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