03/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Daschle Nomination Withdrawal: Was It The Right Thing To Do?

Tom Daschle, Obama's nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary, has withdrawn from contention after failing to pay taxes on a car service. The announcement came hours after Nancy Killefer withdrew as nominee for Chief Performance Officer for similar reasons. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, however, faced similar problems and insisted that he was still the right man for the job. In the end, despite some vocal opposition and intense media scrutiny, Geithner was confirmed. Should Daschle have followed his example, or was he right to withdraw?