Daily Archives: March 7, 2009

Not all Catholics oppose Sebelius nomination

Obama HHSWashington Post columnist E.J. Dionne noted how wannabe peacemaker President Obama aggravated the culture war in tapping Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to be his secretary of Health and Human Services, because she’s a Catholic who has vetoed anti-abortion legislation and otherwise upset social conservatives. But Dionne observed that liberal Catholic groups have pushed back in Sebelius’ defense, in part because abortion has declined in Kansas 10 percent since she took office. He wrote: “The rapid mobilization behind Sebelius marked the emergence of an organized movement of religious progressives as a forceful counterweight to religious conservatives, and it brought home the centrality of abortion reduction to the overall argument.”

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Glickman’s guide to Cabinet success

glickman4In a Washington Post commentary, former Wichita congressman Dan Glickman, now chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, offered some advice for Obama’s Cabinet “gleaned from past successes and ample helpings of humble pie while serving as Agriculture Secretary during the Clinton administration,” as he put it. Among them: Respect the career staff. Measure success. Work across agency lines. Build a bridge to the Office of Management and Budget. Make sure you have champions in Congress. And don’t forget to laugh.