Howard Dean, former head of the Democratic National Committee and inventor of the 50-states strategy, still does not have a job in the Obama administration. I’m not the only one asking what’s going on.
Alexander Zaitchik has a post on Alter-net headlined “Is Howard Dean Getting Screwed and Why?”
Given the debt Obama clearly owes to Dean — as well as the personal respect the president is known to hold for him — many Dean netroots loyalists are confused as to why their man was not chosen to head the Health and Human Services Department, given his experience and interest in health care reform (Dean was a doctor before entering politics, and enacted major health care reforms as governor of Vermont).
OK. Howard may not have the best relationship with some members of Congress (heard or read somewhere that Rahm Emmanuel didn’t like him) and maybe he wouldn’t be the right person to move health care reform, but how about making him Surgeon General?
We haven’t heard about Dr. Gupta for a while now. (And I say, thank godness.) Howard Dean may not be a doctor on TV, but it seems to me that his personality is well suited to the chief doctor role. I like the idea of Howard in the C. Everett Koop role.
Can we start a campaign for Howard Dean as Surgeon General?