The Argus Leader provides Obama’s respond to the Daschle controversy, with a report title, "In the end, he'll be confirmed":
Obama is essentially making the same argument in defense of Daschle, portraying him as the best person to tackle health insurance problems.
"Nobody is perfect," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said. "It was a serious mistake, one that he caught and remedied. We think that he is still the best person to do health care reform and shepherd that very complicated process through Congress to achieve savings and cut costs for the American people."
But you have to go to another AL report to find this:
On another matter, a financial disclosure form Daschle filed about a week ago showed that he made more than $200,000 in the past two years speaking to members of the health care industry that Obama wants him to reform.
The speaking fees were just a portion of the more than $5.2 million the former senator earned over the past two years as he advised health insurers and hospitals and worked in other industries such as energy and telecommunications, according to a financial statement filed with the Office of Government Ethics.
Among the health care interest groups paying Daschle for speeches were America's Health Insurance Plans, $40,000 for two speeches; CSL Behring, $30,000; the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, $16,000; and the Principal Life Insurance Co., $15,000.
So why isn’t the Argus Leader pointing out the conflict of interest and the possible "Pay to Play"? Why are they not holding Obama accountable for his pledge to clean up Washington DC?