Sam Brownback’s official — and admirable — reason for supporting Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for secretary of Health and Human Services is that Barack Obama won the election and deserves the right to appoint qualified people to his Cabinet. But Brownback’s people have reportedly been telling anti-abortion groups that there is a political motive for wanting Sebelius in Washington, D.C.: It likely takes her out of the running to take over his Senate seat in 2010. If so, such reasoning is “wrong on two counts,” Tom McClusky, a lobbyist with Family Research Council Action, told U.S. News & World Report. “They’re putting politics before policy,” he said. “And secondly, the Republicans are trying to predict an election two years out, which is impossible.”
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