Kathleen Sebelius has never lost an election, and the governor’s comparatively easy treatment during her Senate hearings last week — no questions about tax errors or abortion! — suggested she also may survive the confirmation vote to become President Obama’s secretary of Health and Human Services. Her bid was served by good timing, with much of the media focused on Obama’s European debut as president and many senators preoccupied with pre-spring-break floor votes. As Politico put it Friday: “Here’s one way to breeze through a confirmation hearing: Get it scheduled for the same day that the Senate votes in a marathon session on the budget resolution.” The GOP-triggered delay of a confirmation vote until after Easter still could spell trouble, of course. “There are some on our side who have concerns over the tax issues and the very strong pro-choice record,” Sebelius supporter Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., told the Hill newspaper.
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