Daily Archives: March 4, 2009

Brownback steps up on Sebelius nomination

brownbackmug3Good for Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., for being unequivocal Tuesday in confirming his support for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ nomination for secretary of Health and Human Services. “The president won the election and has nominated a Kansan to the Cabinet,” Brownback said in a statement. “Despite our profound policy differences, I will support my fellow Kansan.” In signaling that he’ll vote for her confirmation, Brownback is bucking the anti-abortion lobby, which seems inexplicably surprised that a pro-choice president would prefer a pro-choice HHS secretary. American Life League president Judie Brown even said: “I’ll never use ‘pro-life’ to describe him (Brownback) again. People have just lost their moral compass — which means Obama’s winning.”

Kansas Dems undeterred

donkeykick4WE Blog’s suggestion that the 2010 elections look bleak for Kansas Democrats drew this response from Chris Harris, communications director of the Kansas Democratic Party: “Gov. Sebelius has reached across the political spectrum to bring people into the Party, and we will continue to build on her success. While she represented a new beginning for the Kansas Democratic Party, her departure is by no means the end. We’re just getting started.”

The party Sebelius built

sebeliushandsup4At last weekend’s annual Democratic Party fete in Topeka, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius tried to cheer up those fearing they are “at the edge of a cliff” regarding the 2010 elections by noting how far the party had come since 2001, when she was the only Democratic statewide officeholder (then insurance commissioner) and Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Lenexa, the only Kansas Democrat in Congress. “Our party was broke and pretty disorganized,” she said. “People thought 2002 would be the end of the Democratic Party.” Instead, she noted, Moore still holds his seat and Democrats serve as governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and treasurer. Nevertheless, 2010 still looks bleak for the party, especially with Sebelius and soon-to-be Gov. Mark Parkinson definitely off the ballot.

Open thread 3/4

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No one knows what will work

“Unlike Rush Limbaugh, I want President Obama to succeed,” wrote Christopher Buckley. “I honestly do. We are all in this leaky boat together — did I say ‘leaky’? I meant ‘sieve-like’ — and it would be counterproductive, if not downright suicidal, to want it to go down just to prove a conservative critique of Keynesian economics. But let’s all be honest about this: No one knows how all this is going to turn out in the end. Do you, really? If we learned one thing during the run-up to this rancid enchilada, it is that most of the smartest people in the room were wrong, and the other ones were crooked.”

So they said

huelskamp1“Farmers in the ‘I’ states spill grain on the ground and it grows. It doesn’t work like that here.” — Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, on Agriculture Secretary (and former Iowa Gov. ) Tom Vilsack’s belief that direct payments should not be a part of future farm programs
“When Sebelius leaves, the Democratic Party ceases to exist.” — Christian Morgan, executive director of the Kansas Republican Party
“Wouldn’t we just save a lot more if we eliminate them all?” — Sen. Tim Huelskamp (in photo), R-Fowler, on the proposal by Sen. Chris Steineger, D-Kansas City, to consolidate Kansas’ 105 counties into 13 supercounties

Most influential women in the world

merkelHere are the top five most influential women in the world for 2009, according to Real Clear World:
No. 5. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, president of Argentina.
No. 4. Yulia Tymoshenko, prime minister of Ukraine.
No. 3. Indra Nooyi, chairwoman and CEO of PepsiCo.
No. 2. Hillary Clinton, U.S. secretary of state.
No. 1. Angela Merkel (in photo), chancellor of Germany