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.