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April 16, 2014 10:37 AM Is Sebelius a Glutton For Punishment?

By Ed Kilgore

You have to get to the eighth graph in Jeremy Peters’ New York Times piece on Kathleen Sebelius today to find out that talk about the outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Services running for the U.S. Senate this year are not coming from anyone who actually knows her. More likely, rumors that she may take on Pat Roberts emanate from people who would struggle to name any Kansas Democrat other than Sebelius, and also can’t imagine anyone passing up a shot at a statewide office.

Considering the abuse Sebelius has put up with since accepting the HHS gig—not just from Obamacare-haters, but from the antichoicers who perpetually torment any Democrat in her position—I have no idea why she’d want to get right back out there in the public eye or even serve in the Senate in the unlikely event she was elected. Maybe I’m underestimated her spirit-mindedness, or her capacity for punishment.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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