That quote was by Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell's former Chief of Staff, last week on MSNBC. He was referring to an Obama nominee to the defense dept., I forget who, but he could just as easily have been talking about Tom Daschle.
The nominee that Wilkerson was referring to had ties to defense contractors, gee what a surprise, but the White House claimed he was "indispensible". Wilkerson said that there were plenty of other, just as qualified, candidates out there who didn't come with that kind of baggage.
I was preparing to really blast the Daschle nomination for Health Czar, until I got home last night and found out I was beaten to the punch, and he'd already withdrawn. Obama, himself, was on TV, defending him as the best qualified candidate to lead healthcare reform, and most of the mainstream press and their pundits seemed to be agreeing with him.
What allegedly sank Daschle was his failure to report taxes on some gifts. This isn't even the symptom of the symptom. Daschle, himself is the symptom. Start with this link, http://www.salon.com/opinion/walsh/?last_story=/opinion/walsh/politics/2009/02/03/daschle/ , then click on Glen Greenwalds link in the article, then click on Matt Tiabbi's link in that one, and Stephanie Mencimer's 2002 article on his wife. If you don't feel the need for a shower after that description of Daschle's level of stink, I can't help you. Tiabbi's quote was the best; "In Washington, there are whores and there are whores, and then there is Tom Daschle. Tom Daschle would suck off a corpse for a cheeseburger." I love this kid.
Healthcare reform is a HUGE topic. You have to start by cleaning out the sludge at the bottom of the barrel, and guys like Daschle clearly demonstrate that sludge to be bipartisan.
But it starts with each of us, and how we perceive the problem. A colleague, Dr. Chris Saltpaw, said, "In Chinese Medicine, you have to divorce yourself from every Western pardigm you've been conditioned with. In order to truly understand it, you have to understand the nature of nature."
Think about this. Our species, and every other species here, as well, evolved on the surface of a planet with very distinct rhythmns. A 24-25 hour light/dark cycle, a 365ish day cycle with very distinct seasonal rhythmns. We have hormonal cycles that rise and fall in harmony with those cycles. You want to stay healthy, stay in touch with those cycles. Lose touch with them, you will fall out of health, and then, fall prey to every snake oil drug dealer out there, and their agents, people like Tom Daschle.
God, how I hate politics.