Surgeons General are usually confirmed quickly and forgotten at once. (How many can you name?) But liberals on Capitol Hill denounced Reagan’s choice for what it was: a blatant attempt to place ideology over the demands of public health.If the would take off his own ideological blinders, he would see the obvious, that it was simply very intelligent political move: Here's brilliant doctor whose political views and religious commitment a lot of people share, people who happen to vote for people like me.
"But he had no public-health experience." That would seem to be a distinct advantage, inclining him to the view that the job was about health and not about bureaucracy. The writer might also havr noticed that Reagan never backed off from the appointment.