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View Diary: Howard Dean for Surgeon General? (76 comments)

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  •  I hope not. (7+ / 0-)

    The Surgeon General has traditionally been a low-profile position, except in the case of Edward Everett Koop, who had the dubious honor of holding the post when the AIDS epidemic exploded. And even then, the public saw very little of him. But his name was more widely known than that of other Surgeon Generals, which isn't saying much. How many Surgeon Generals do you think the average voter could name?  How many average voters would recognize the name of Edward Everett Koop? Can you recall ever hearing a speech by a Surgeon General?

    There is little connection between public health and healthcare. The Surgeon General is unlikely to play any significant role, maybe none, in the healthcare fight.

    If Dean is appointed to the post, it will most likely be a sop to the left. Obama will have put him in a largely invisible position where people like Rahm can hope he won't be able to cause too much trouble.

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