Why Daschle Will Likely Be Confirmed

By Jennifer Parker

Feb 2, 2009 7:11pm

President Obama’s pick for HHS Secretary isn’t likely to take himself out of the running based on today’s facts.

Former Sen. Tom Daschle will, however, get a lot of ‘no’ votes from Republicans.

But the Democrats are likely going to hold firm for the following reasons:

1) Daschle revealed the problem himself.

2) Daschle has deep relationships in the Senate from his service as majority leader — he’s earned a lot of respect on Capitol Hill.

3) The Driver Problem — Many members of Congress and senators have drivers or have staff drive them. They don’t want this to really open up as an issue.

But while Daschle is likely to be confirmed, President Obama will pay a political price for this.

–George Stephanopoulos   

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