"Who will be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services?"
The Wonk Room’s Igor Volsky gives his rundown of the leading candidates to replace Tom Daschle: Sebelius, DeLauro, Schakowsky, Wyden, Stabenow, Smith, Lew, Cutler, Feder, Edwards, and Shalala. Let us know who you’d like to see Obama pick.
Igor explains his omission of Howard Dean from the list:
A number of readers have added Howard Dean to the list. And while I’m impressed by the Governor’s health care accomplishments in Vermont, his presidential campaign and his tenure as chairman of the DNC, I intentionally omitted Dean because I do not think that he’s on Obama’s short list.
The reason is this: Dean has few allies in the Obama camp. As Obama’s transition head and CAPAF CEO John Podesta pointed out, Rahm Emanuel “was never negative about Dean, I wouldn’t characterize it as the other way, either.” Jonathan Cohn agrees with me.