Daschle has been battling for his nomination since it was disclosed he failed to pay more than $120,000 in taxes.although I have a feeling that there is probably more there that has been discovered yet and that is the real reason he pulled out - so there wouldn't be a scandal when it hits ...
He said he's withdrawing because he's not a leader who has the full faith of Congress and will be a distraction."
I think there has been enough damage to the Democratic party right now and enough scandal surrounding the Obama administration that I think they are just trying to avoid more.
I know that the Obama administration took quite the blow this morning when the numbers came out and showed that the 'Stimulus Package' purposed by Obama is losing the support of the people. Not just because there doesn't seem to be any over-sight to the money, not just because its taking so long, not just because the Dems are throwing in a bunch of non-sensical stuff ... but also because the people will not be seeing as much, if any, as they had hoped for.
In fact, by the sounds of it - they are worried that if they give the money to us, the people who have been taxed up to our eyeballs, that we will not spend it at all but will use it to either pay bills which we already have outstanding or save it for a rainy day --- so instead they want to put it into tax-cuts (which really are tax programs you will have to apply for if you QUALIFY) which will only effect the lower 10-20% of taxpayers.
But that is what this withdrawl is all about --- trying to get the numbers up.