I notice that by appointing Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services — tax returns permitting; I need some TurboTax-related version of “Inshallah” — President Obama would remove the highest-profile Democrat who opposed moving captured terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to Leavenworth.
Also note that Daily Kos, among others, was touting Kansas as “Sebelius Country,” fervently hoping she will run for the seat that Sen. Sam Brownback will be departing:
Here we have Gov. Kathleen Sebelius coming in with a solid 56-37 approval rating, including a surprisingly good 42-54 among Republicans, which is important given that Republicans make up half the state’s voters. In the head-to-head matchups, Sebelius, gets about a third of those voters. Independents, another quarter of the voter pool, like her at a 63-27 clip. If those numbers held up, she’d make history by having a Democrat represent Kansas in the U.S. Senate for the first time since 1939.
Hopefully, this is the reason she didn’t end up in Obama’s cabinet despite being one of his most loyal surrogates (and a potential veep candidate at one time) — because she’d be the most use to him giving Democrats a vote in the Senate.