September 23, 2005

A Prophet Amongst Us...

Daschle re-enters political arena

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle's interest in public office isn't necessarily latent: he has set up a new political action committee and plans a Jefferson-Jackson Day speech in the politically pivotal state of Iowa.

Daschle, who was considered a possible candidate for president in 2004, has quietly eschewed most publicity since his defeat to Republican John Thune last November. But Steve Hildebrand, director of the new committee and Daschle's former campaign manager, said the well-known Democrat from South Dakota "is not going to rule out opportunities to play important roles in public service."

"It could be president, it could be vice president, it could be something else," Hildebrand said. "It could be nothing." [...]

Given the material you have to work with, Mr. Hildebrand, I'd say you're onto something with that last possibility.

And what politician (or in this case, his mouthpiece) in his right mind publicly comes out and says he'd want to be VICE president?! It's so unseemly and degrading--almost like the unpopular kid who agrees to do the jock's homework for him just so he'll get to hang around the cool kids.

Poor former senator Tom.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at September 23, 2005 02:20 PM

My bet is on nothing. . . he's a natural for that.

Posted by: enfield at September 23, 2005 04:06 PM

Well, you know, "go with your strengths," and all.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at September 23, 2005 04:18 PM