Thursday, February 05, 2009

Arnold for HHS Secretary?

Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic throws the governor's name into this item on possible secretaries now that Tom Daschle has withdrawn. My take: Schwarzenegger would be an excellent secretary (he knows the health care issue, and would be much more effective as a cabinet secretary with a focused portfolio than he is as a governor--in the same way he was better as an actor in a movie star, with a defined role to play, than as a director). But it won't happen. The governor couldn't leave California during this moment of crisis. And folks in labor would lose their mind, even though Schwarzenegger is a liberal on the health care issue, publicly favoring universal coverage (and privately, favoring European-style solutions that, in this country, would be dismissed as socialist).


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