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If Kathleen Sebelius runs for Senate, isn’t Dr. Milton Wolf better positioned to put Obamacare on trial?

If Kathleen Sebelius runs for Senate, isn’t Dr. Milton Wolf better positioned to put Obamacare on trial?

Pat Roberts voted to confirm Sebelius.

As soon as Kathleen Sebelius resigned as Secretary of HHS, my first thought was, hmm, wonder if she’ll run for Senate in Kansas.

Apparently I’m not the only one thinking about that, Sebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat

In her darkest hour last fall, Kathleen Sebelius suffered one of the deepest cuts from an old family friend who accused her of “gross incompetence” over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and demanded that she resign as secretary of health and human services. Now she is weighing revenge.

Ms. Sebelius is considering entreaties from Democrats who want her to run against that old friend, Senator Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas.

Several Democrats said this week that Ms. Sebelius had been mentioned with growing frequency as someone who could wage a serious challenge to Mr. Roberts, 77, who is running for a fourth term and is considered vulnerable. One person who spoke directly to Ms. Sebelius said that she was thinking about it, but added that it was too soon to say how seriously she was taking the idea.

Pat Roberts voted to confirm Sebelius when nominated by Obama.

His turn on her clearly was with the Republican primary challenge from Dr. Milton Wolf in mind.  Wolf has been a consistent and vigorous opponent of Obamacare and Sebelius.

Roberts and the Kansas Republican establishment are going all out to defeat the Wolf challenge.

But that may be foolish.  Roberts is vulnerable for many reasons, not the least of which is that he doesn’t actually live in Kansas.

A Sebelius Senate run would put Obamacare squarely on the ballot.  Wolf may be better positioned to meet that challenge than the guy who voted for Sebelius in the first place.



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Sebelius? Senate?? Kansas???


(Wipes tears from eyes)

I hope she runs!

    caseym54 in reply to Wisewerds. | April 16, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I think she’d get a lot of donations in the primary.

      phaedruscj in reply to caseym54. | April 16, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      Donations in the Dem primary wont be needed as the only declared Dem for Roberts seat is a dufus district attorney from Topeka who has no statewide name recognition.

    Possible Sebelius campaign slogans:

    – Leaning 404ward!
    – Resigned To Victory!
    – Accept The Inept!
    – Get Under The Bus With Sebelius!

Captain Keogh | April 16, 2014 at 11:39 am

Whenever we challenge an incumbent Republican I get terrible flashbacks to that moron Richard Mourdock.

    Radegunda in reply to Captain Keogh. | April 16, 2014 at 11:49 am

    What is there about Milton Wolf that makes you think of a moron?

    Is every incumbent Republican ipso facto really smart and competent?

      Estragon in reply to Radegunda. | April 16, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Um, posting x-rays on Facebook was pretty moronic, don’t you think?

        No. Wolf should have redacted more information from the images, but he isn’t a politician who was thinking about the political implications of every thought and move. Sharing interesting images and test results online is exceedingly common in the medical community. If an incumbent can squash a challenger by publishing this sort of trivial faux pas, it’s a sad commentary on the electorate.

    platypus in reply to Captain Keogh. | April 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Why pick on Mourdock? Lugar turned on him and the GOP old money (Rove and his ilk) kept the money away from him. He was left locked in a cage with no food while the GOP threw its arms around the donkeys.

    There was no way to win. A gaffe or an inartful comment was not why he lost.

      Captain Keogh in reply to platypus. | April 16, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      1. Richard Mourdock had the example of Todd Akin in front of him as a lesson to learn. Saying that a pregnancy that was engendered by rape is “God’s will” is perverse.
      2. I would rather defeat Democrats and pick up a seat we did not already have.
      3. Republicans need to handle the rape/abortion questions which always get thrown at them or they will always be blowing winnable elections. I have my issues with anorexic Ann Coulter but she is absolutely right on that.

    SmokeVanThorn in reply to Captain Keogh. | April 16, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Yet another useful idiot heard from.

Is Pat Roberts so bad it’s worth the diversion?

    Henry Hawkins in reply to caseym54. | April 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Roberts’ favorability ratings among his constituency is under water, so Kansans apparently think he’s not so good (to the extent polls & ratings are accurate, of course).

Henry Hawkins | April 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Though I’m not sure it would reverberate in a red state like Kansas, Sebelius strongly bad-mouthing Obamacare and Obama, and voicing regrets for having gone to HHS in the first place, if properly done, might resound with some there. The old ‘repentent sinner’ schtick.

    platypus in reply to Henry Hawkins. | April 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Repentant in her case means kneeling in a big church with network news streaming while she sobs her abject sorrow for supporting baby killing.

    An essential part of this would be her begging Christ for forgiveness for her sins.

    I doubt that will happen but her opponents are free to use my “script” in a 527 attack ad. They could say at the end that this is a dream that will likely never happen.

I’m a Topeka KS resident. Wolf no longer has a chance and isn’t getting any traction. The statewide media worked with the Roberts campaign on an expose of Dr Wolf posting xrays on his facebook page. Wolf no longer has a chance.

    platypus in reply to phaedruscj. | April 16, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Are you working for the enemy? How about you beat the bushes for money and votes instead of helping the donkeys by holding a pillow over his face?

    No wonder we hardly ever win elections.

Mourdock could have won had Lugar not been such a sore loser.

    SmokeVanThorn in reply to MTED. | April 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    And clowns like Captain Keogh didn’t pile on.

      Captain Keogh in reply to SmokeVanThorn. | April 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Clowns? Was anything I wrote not true? You tend to have a totalitarian way of thinking (and a hypocritical one at that – criticism of McCain and Graham is good, criticism of Mourdock is bad – what is next a Gulag for heretics? I think you are completely delusional and probably think that Christine O’Donnellwas a great choice to run in a state such as Delaware. Like Mark Levin you are not committed to victory but to “making statements” – the other side at least is in it to win it. You did not see them try to primary someone such as Ben Nelson in a solidly Red State such as Nebraska did you?

        SmokeVanThorn in reply to Captain Keogh. | April 17, 2014 at 8:08 pm

        Jeff Goldstein at has people like you pegged: people who claim to be interested in winning but can’t wait to attack solid conservatives in a pathetic attempt to demonstrate your sophistication and curry favor with the leftists who despise you. Go read Jeff and try to understand.

        Your “gulag” talk and charges of hypocrisy are sheer projection. You and your ilk – funded by Big Daddy Karl – are more interested in attacking conservatives than Democrats. So you can stuff the lectures about how we don’t care abut winning.

    Estragon in reply to MTED. | April 16, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Mourdock would have won if he hadn’t been a complete blithering idiot.

    You can’t blame Lugar for the stupidity of Mourdock.

      SmokeVanThorn in reply to Estragon. | April 17, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      Mourdock would have won if he had been supported by Lugar and Establishment Republicans.

      You can’t blame Mourdock for their treachery.

Roberts voted against ObamaCare … everything else is nonsense …

Roberts supported her for HHS because he, like the majority of Kansans, just wanted her the hell out of the state. Brownback is STILL trying to fix the mess she left behind, but unfortunately has to deal with blowback of the state finally dealing with fiscal reality and gets no credit whatsoever. I apologize to the Union for unleashing her and her ruinous ways once she got to DC. I don’t think she’d stand a chance in KS, but I never thought O would get elected/re-elected either.

    Estragon in reply to wmichaels1. | April 16, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    According to PPP, a Democratic-leaning polling outfit, ObamaCare is 60 disapprove to 32 approve in Kansas.

    Sebelius probably won’t even take a vacation in Kansas on her way to Lobbyists’ Row. The idea of her running for Senate is the sort of drug-addled nonsense that comes from Democratic activists over-celebrating the “7 million” lie.

Objection, relevance?

Sebelius was confirmed before there was even an ObamaCare bill being marked up in committee. After the shellacking of the 2008 debacle, most Republicans were beginning Obama’s term with an olive branch. After all, he ran on ending partisan bickering in DC – and this was well before the infamous “I won” incident that showed he had no such intentions.

If this is the best argument you have for Wolf, he might as well drop out.

It’s the sort of thing that makes sane people shake their heads. Desperation to take out a solid Republican incumbent. If booting Roberts from the Senate is a priority for you, you are clearly way out there. As in, NUTS.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Estragon. | April 16, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    And how does a solid Republican incumbent end up with 29% favorable/38% unfavorable numbers from his own constutuency?

    There is nothing more American than challenging the political establishment by rising from the people to run for office, and may thje best men and women win.

    Then there are those whose greater allegiance is not to what’s best for the country, provided in large part by electing new representatives to replace insider DC barnacles, but to their party, the GOP in your case, with the strange notion that any GOP incumbent is better than any GOP challenger.

    Roberts doesn’t even live in Kansas. In very large part, this is how Lugar lost in Indiana.

    As a psychologist, I challenge your sense of who is sane and who is not. In fact, I laugh at it. It is precisely the arrogant sense of entitlement (once in office, must stay in office), coupled with a total lack of insight into that arrogance, that is killing the GOP.

    Keep it up, because conservative America is all out of RINO food.

    Captain Keogh in reply to Estragon. | April 17, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I agree, it reminds me of Liz Cheney’s quixotic attempt to run against Mike Enzi in Wyoming. what on Earth is wrong with Mike Enzi that you wanted to waste time trying to defeat him Miss Cheney? When polls showed Enzi clobbering the shyster, she dropped out.