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Paging Doctor Dean: Howard For Health Secretary?

Howard Dean has a long resume, but there's one credential that might make him the perfect second choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services — he has an MD. Dr. Dean admitted before the inauguration that Barack Obama passed over him while filling up his administration; but now that Tom Daschle dropped out, Dean might get another look.

As Governor of Vermont, Dean oversaw the Dr. Dynasaur program, which achieved near universal health care for children. He also showed his managing abilities in Vermont, by balancing the budget 11 times and lowering income taxes twice. Then again, Dean's perceived polarizing character might be a distraction from health care reform.

Do you favor Dean for Health and Human Services Secretary?

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stephley stephley 8 years
And as a candidate in 2004, Dean's the one who got young people to believe that the party wasn't all middle-aged moderates.
janneth janneth 8 years
It was the media playing and replaying that sound bite that sunk his ship. He is smart.
janneth janneth 8 years
Hire him!
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Ummmmmm, actually, tiabia, You are absolutely correct.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
"since obama ran solely on mccains "90% with bush" crap. " Actually as DNC Chair, Dean did fire up the base and pave the way for Democratic wins.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Someone feel free to suck my left-wing nut. ;)
stephley stephley 8 years
Actually Dave, check transcripts of Palin's interviews with Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric. She said it. She actually went on about Putin poking into the airspace.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"take 'I can see a doctor's office from my house' " That's funny, especially since Palin didn't say that, Tina Feye did on SNL.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Great idea he is/was a practicing physician. i believe his wife still is. He has the experience and the balls to speak up and challenge the medical lobby. Please he may randomly shout, "Yee haw!" Which is always fun.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Qualified = qualified if you ask me
piper23 piper23 8 years
I love Dean. He is the epitomy of everything I find ridiculous in left wing nuts.
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
i can't think of a better man for the job.
Katie-Kat398180 Katie-Kat398180 8 years
Howard Dean is ridiculous...the end.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
"At least Dean has a record that can be reviewed, and we don't have to take 'I can see a doctor's office from my house' as health care experience." Well said, Steph. :highfive: Given Dean's accomplishments, I think he may be just what's needed.
Myst Myst 8 years
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Myst Myst 8 years
Dean for Heath... where can I say the "Hell yeah" petition. I've been wanting this for months now and I'm keeping my fingers cross. The man is brilliant and unfortunately, that scares many people away because he's been right on the money in D.C for a long time now, even when his own party detracted from him. He's a progressive and isn't afraid to speak his mind on things, and did a wonderful job at the DNC. The only thing I'd worry about is that him and Rahm..aren't the best of friends.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Em, it all comes down to who you like. Frankly, I think both are batshit!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I dunno Em, I'm sure there are plenty of people who like Palin who disagree with you on that. I think it just comes down to what side you are on.
stephley stephley 8 years
At least Dean has a record that can be reviewed, and we don't have to take 'I can see a doctor's office from my house' as health care experience.
em1282 em1282 8 years
I don't know, I'd venture a guess that more people think Palin is a bit more batshizz than Dean. I could be wrong, but eh.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
thats a pretty good comparison M2!
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
Now that I think about it, Howard Dean is the Democrat's Sarah Palin. He energized the base, but everyone else thought he was nutso.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
On paper he looks good, but I know I still haven't gotten past that crazy yelling he did in his campaign. I gotta look that up on You Tube, it's was pure comic gold.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Dean is definately polarizing. I don't think anyone can disagree with that. But hey, I agree, he fits right in.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
check his taxes! ha! :) very funny...
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