Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is no rip-roaring orator, so itâ€™s a bit of a surprise that national Democratic Party officials would invite her to deliver the partyâ€™s response to President Bushâ€™s State of the Union address on Jan. 28. But it makes sense, given Congressâ€™ poor approval ratings, to find someone beyond the Beltway to speak for Democrats. In a joint statement, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., praised Sebelius as a â€œforward-thinking, solutions-oriented Democratic leader.â€ And whether or not Kansas Republicans will admit it, Sebelius is a rising national figure whose status as a popular two-term Democratic governor of a heavily Republican state uniquely qualifies her for the prominent job.
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