Daschle Has a Seat at Health Care Reform Buffet

So much for all the kerfuffle over his not paying taxes, etc. It would seem as though he’s unlobbying the government ’cause he’s an expert (on the basis of writing a single book on the topic). Anyway, here’s the latest:

The close ally of President Barack Obama was in a strategy meeting earlier this week with top Senate and White House officials, including the actual HHS secretary, Kathleen Sebelius.

Daschle works for a prominent lobbying firm, and the Obama administration has vowed to keep lobbyists at arm’s length. But White House spokesman Reid Cherlin says Daschle is one of the country’s foremost advocates for health reform.

Please tell me how this is going to make anything better.

Update

More from the Washington Examiner:

In addition to attending strategy sessions on Capitol Hill, Daschle is reaching out individually to former colleagues, many of whom remain friends after his long career in the Senate. He represented South Dakota from 1987-2005 before losing his seat to Republican John Thune.

“Sen. Daschle has enormous credibility and there are very few people who know the issue or the institution as well as he does,” Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said Tuesday.

“reaching out individually” is called arm twisting where I come from. I think this move shows us just how unsure the Democrats are about winning the day with the bill in the Senate. Good news, as far as I’m concerned.