Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Adventures in appointments: Sebelius Edition

Don't get me wrong, Kathleen Sebelius, once considered a dark horse Obama Veep pick, seems to be a staggeringly obvious choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Should she be nominated, Ms. Sebelius would bring eight years of experience as her state’s insurance commissioner as well as six years as a governor running a state Medicaid program. But with Mr. Obama about to begin a drive to expand health coverage — an issue on which the parties have deep ideological divisions — her strongest asset in the White House view may be her record of navigating partisan politics as a Democrat in one of the country’s most Republican states.
Health care experience? Check. Popular and successful elected official? Check. Bipartisan street cred? Check. Given what's transpired recently, this apparent moment of common sense begs the following questions. Have you, Governor Sebelius...

-Paid your taxes?
-For the last twenty years, at least?
-No, seriously. At least that long. Preferably always.
-Ever employed someone named Enrique or Lupe?
-Used a car or limo service and not received an invoice?
-Seriously, have you paid your taxes?
-Contracted multiple home repairs and/or additions that wound up costing surprisingly little?
-Paid. Your Fucking. Taxes?

I only ask because, well, not all of you people do and while Barry got a pass with that first mea culpa, patience wanes.

Call me pessimistic if you will. I just think that she should be forced to complete Matthew's questionnaire before we start planning the coronation.

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