COMMENTARY | According to the Hill, Democrats in Kansas are deadly serious about running former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for the United States Senate. Hot Air, understandably, is wondering what they are smoking.
To be sure Sebelius did win state wide office as governor of that state twice. But that was before she presided over that giant piece of offal that is stinking up the country known as Obamacare,
The polling data suggests that she will have a hard time of it. She is behind both the incumbent Pat Roberts and his tea party primary opponent Milton Wolf. Republicans, in the meantime, are rubbing their hands together in glee at the prospect of running against Sebelius who, while not the architect of Obamacare to be sure, was its public face as the website crashed and millions were thrown out of their health insurance policies.
There have been examples of political hubris before coming from the evil party. Nominating George McGovern for president in 1972 comes to mind. Running Sebelius for any political office seems to be right up there, though.
The attack ads write themselves and would run beyond Kansas. One can just imagine being another senate Democrat running in a red state being called part of the “Sebelius/Obamacare coalition.” One can almost have sympathy for them.
The main problem for Republicans at this point is to not get overconfident and try not to blow it this time. They can still blunt their victory by getting mired in the tiresome tea party vs. establishment squabbles. However, thus far, they don’t seem to be nominating loser candidates like Christine O’Donnell and Todd Akin who lost senate elections that should have been won.
Now might be the time for another Contract with America among Republican senate candidates with a list of promises of what they will set out to do should they win all in 2014. With CNN’s Crossfire on hiatus, Newt Gingrich would seem to have some time on his hands and would surely be willing to offer a few helpful, poll tested suggestions.