. . . and for mistakes less significant than Daschle’s.
This headline, Daschle apologizes for failing to pay taxes, suggests the Democrat believes an apology enough save his nomination.
Well for a Democrat it just might work, but if he were a Republican:
If a Bush appointee got rich off of Wall Street in this climate, had a chauffeur from one of his fat cat cronies, had unpaid taxes that amounted to more than what most people make in a year, and then the administration tried to fix it behind closed doors. Democrats would call for his head and would demand â€˜accountability.
That observation led Glenn to remark, “will Republicans have the guts to do the same?”
If they want to stand for anything, they’d better. Despite Obama’s campaign rhetoric to change the way business is done in Washington, he has appointed a lot of Beltway hacks to his team, those who, like Daschle embody the way Washington really works.
A Republican couldn’t get away with just an apology. He would have to withdraw his nomination and admit not just the error of his ways, but also of his ideology, as if his ideology were responsible for his misdeeds.
So, is Daschle’s ideology responsible for his misdeeds? Or just his arrogance? If the latter, this speaks poorly of the individuals the president has tapped for his cabinet.
It seems some believe that the rules that apply to the average American don’t apply to them.
â€œMake no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. â€ Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507.