Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Media's Whitewashing of HHS Nominee

Back during confirmation hearings in 2001 for former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson Dan Rather reminded Evening News viewers of Thompson's "hardline anti-abortion stand."

Eight years later, there's a whitewash of President Barack Obama's HHS' nominee abortion record.

As a Democratic governor in red-state Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius has vetoed several bills that would modestly restrict abortion. She supports late-term abortion. She's socialized and taken money from well-known abortion extremists, and she has been unofficially ostracized from the Catholic Church for her stance. But you'd have to go out of your way to learn much about that from the news reports that followed the Feb. 28 announcement that Obama planned to nominate her as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This is a position that controls a $700 billion budget and, according to the New York Times, "would have considerable influence over government policy on abortion."

The MainStreamMedia also wants to portray the governor as a "popular Democrat in a conservative, Republican state."  This isn't exactly true.  The Kansas governor has won two terms in office.  However, anyone who knows anything about Kansas politics knows that even though the state is dominated by Republicans, it is divided ideologically.  The state is about 2/3 Republicans, but only about half of those are conservative, Reagan Republicans.  The rest are moderates and RINOs (Republicans In Name Only).  Liberal leaning moderates who might otherwise be inclined to be democrats know that in order to influence primaries in the state, they have to register as Republicans.

In both of the Sebelius' runs for governor, she ran as a moderate centrist while facing known fiscal and social conservative opponents.  Many moderate Republicans voted for her knowing she couldn't push a liberal agenda with the (mostly) conservative and moderate state legislature. 

Expect her repressed liberal core values to surface in full force in Washington.


Red March 5, 2009 at 9:55 AM  

It is past time people started really reading the fine print with not just this administration but the doctrines that our country was originally founded by ie, our Constitution and such. Much of what our Constitution has decreed has been glossed over to where our laws and way of governing would be barely recognizable by our founding fathers if they were alive today. The judgeocracy needs to be stopped. Activist judges changing our laws from the bench: so far from where we began. All in the name of evolution because they believe they are better equipped and more learned than those who came before. There is no progress when it requires the compromise of our principles.

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