Commentary Magazine


Democratic Twister

In today’s Kansas City Star Steve Kraske writes of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ Democratic response to President Bush’ final State of the Union address, “Sebelius looked nervous during the 10-minute speech she had a big hand in writing.”

So would I have, if I’d once been caught cheaply exploiting partisan rifts only to find myself delivering a message of trans-partisan unity to the entire nation. In spring 2007, a deadly tornado hit Greensburg, Kansas. Governor Sebelius wasted no time pulling the Katrina card, and then some. From Yahoo News via Hotair:

With President Bush set to travel to now-razed Greensburg, Kan., on Wednesday to view the destruction wrought by Friday’s 205 mph twister, Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said she planned to talk with him about her contention that National Guard deployments to Iraq hampered the disaster response.

“I don’t think there is any question if you are missing trucks, Humvees and helicopters that the response is going to be slower,” she said Monday. “The real victims here will be the residents of Greensburg, because the recovery will be at a slower pace.”

Rumors followed, alleging Sebelius to have said of her claim, “With his (Bush’s) numbers, you can’t really blame me for usin’ that.” In fairness, that part of the story is flatly denied by everyone implicated. But Gov. Sebelius’ words on the record still stand as a testament to her exemplary status as a partisan sniper.

Watching Kathleen Sebelius hop on Obama’s peace-and-love train last night was like watching Bobby Darin try to transform himself into Bob Dylan. “We have no more patience for divisive politics,” she said. The American people “are not nearly as divided as our rancorous politics might suggest.” Then what, Governor, were you so nervous about?