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What is she up to?

Governor picked to provide Democrats’ response to State of the Union address

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius thanks local heroes who rose up to help their storm-devastated neighbors in the 2008 State of the State Address on Monday at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka, Kan.  "Kansans came together," Sebelius said on Monday to a packed House chamber. Democratic congressional leaders announced Tuesday that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will deliver their party's response after President Bush's State of the Union Address later this month.

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius thanks local heroes who rose up to help their storm-devastated neighbors in the 2008 State of the State Address on Monday at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka, Kan. "Kansans came together," Sebelius said on Monday to a packed House chamber. Democratic congressional leaders announced Tuesday that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will deliver their party's response after President Bush's State of the Union Address later this month.

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Gov. Sebelius to respond to State of the Union

— Democratic congressional leaders announced Tuesday that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will deliver their party's response after President Bush's State of the Union Address later this month.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Harry Reid of Nevada praised Sebelius' bipartisan work "to create jobs, grow the economy, make historic investments in education, and make college more affordable."

This is an audition of sorts, observers say, and could be an opportunity for her to be showcased for a national office.

Sebelius will give her speech live from Cedar Crest, the governor's residence, after Bush's address on Jan. 28, which will be his last State of the Union.

Sebelius said she was honored to have the opportunity to share with the nation how Kansans have worked together.

"These are extraordinary times, both at home and abroad," Sebelius said.

"To meet those challenges, the American people expect their leaders to resolve their differences and put partisanship on the back burner," she said.

Kansas politicians and observers said Sebelius' selection to carry the Democratic message showed her political ascendancy.

"She has definitely arrived on the national scene," said Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka.

Hensley said Sebelius is a serious contender in 2010 for the U.S. Senate seat expected to be vacated by U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., or a presidential cabinet position if a Democrat wins the White House.

Hensley said it's not outside the realm of possibility to think that Sebelius might some day run for president.

Sebelius, a Democrat who has always been able to attract Republican voters, routinely deflects questions about her political future. Re-elected in 2006, Sebelius' term as governor will expire after 2010.

Allan Cigler, a political science professor at Kansas University, said the selection of Sebelius shows that Democrats have confidence in her, especially during an election year.

"A year like this is more important than most. The address sets an agenda that the Democrats are going to run under," Cigler said.

Sebelius' spokeswoman Nicole Corcoran said the governor will write the speech with her Kansas staff. "She made sure before she accepted that she'd control and write it - not D.C.," Corcoran said.

Cigler also noted that the speech gives Sebelius some time with a national audience.

"In many ways you are auditioning to be thought of for higher things," he said. Sebelius also will serve as one of the three co-chairwomen of the Democratic Party's national convention in August in Denver. She also just finished a stint as chairwoman of the Democratic Governors Association.

Kris Kobach, chairman of the Kansas Republican Party, said Sebelius was picked to deliver the Democratic response for political reasons.

"It's a win-win for Democratic leaders in Congress and Sebelius," Kobach said. "She gets the national stage she has been craving so long, and Pelosi and Reid get this image of a Midwesterner representing the party."

But state Senate President Steve Morris, a Republican from Hugoton, said he was glad a Kansan would be getting national airtime.

"It makes us all look good," he said.

Comments

bearded_gnome 6 years, 3 months ago

once again, poor Aggie, you have posted irrelevancies! the first link does not address what the Adj. Gen. in charge of the kansas national guard said at the time, that there was plenty of personnel, and plenty of euqipment, your article addresses a more general problem, one which has been contributed by the actions and policies of congressional demorats holding up pentagon funding for years now...to maintain the boots on the ground, replacement equipment and signing bonuses get delayed! the second link is also irrelevant, as once the controversy started, governor c.bilius tried to backpeddle in your interview; everyone recognized it at the time. finally the wiki ref is completely irrelevant and doesn't even mention the national guard.
poor Aggie, you are now something like 0 for twelve tries, I keep hitting your poorly aimed smears and irrelevancies down like annoying flies.

Gov. C.bilius has huge ties to the abortion industry. this will limit her national support base about as much as sHrillary's is. sHrillary has about 45% of americans who say under no circumstance would they vote for her.

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dirkleisure 6 years, 3 months ago

fascist thinker sez:

I actually believe we could be presided over or governed by a woman-imagine that! But the woman has to be a good Republican , like I would expect of a man. The woman has to be Republican and put Democratic agendas aside. They have to stand by Republican principles.


Fixed your post.

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lounger 6 years, 3 months ago

Kobach is a coward. I walked right up to him and confronted him about Dick Cheney's behavior back a few years and he not only woulnt respond but didnt even look me in the eye! Our current governor is smart and will go somewhere one day. So deal with it!!!

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kansascrone 6 years, 3 months ago

Kris Kobach is very unprofessional. His inability to be gracious under these circumstances bodes ill for the Kansas Republican Party.

Kansas has done well under Kathleen's leadership. The majority of Kansans (Democrats, Independents and Republicans) who elected her understand that she is a gifted leader.

You go girl!

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 3 months ago

BG, I know. I only recognize sex---well, for sexual purposes. I actually believe we could be presided over or governed by a woman----imagine that! But the woman has to be a good leader, like I would expect of a man. The woman has to be honest and put personal agendas and the politics of personal destruction aside. They have to stand by their principles.

What has happened to so many Dems, and why do they continually posture, position, blame and bloviate in order to win a few votes?

There are some loser Repubs too, we all know that. I stand by GWB, in spite of his shortcomings and mistakes.

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macon47 6 years, 3 months ago

NEW WORD Electile Dysfunction : the inability to become aroused over any of the choices for president put forth by ANY PARTIES in the 2008 election year.

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nugget 6 years, 3 months ago

"Kris Kobach, chairman of the Kansas Republican Party, said Sebelius was picked to deliver the Democratic response for political reasons."

Maybe one of the more stupid things he's said. As long as he's at the helm of the Republican party one thing is for sure. It's being led by a moron.

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BABBOY 6 years, 3 months ago

right_thinker (Anonymous) says:

Clinton/Sebelius -

The thought of this ranks up in the top five most depressing occurrences in my life to date. We really do need a shake-up though in this great nation:..this scenario could be what we need. Like a drug addictyou usually have to hit the absolute rock-bottom in order to fix things."


What are you blind man, that rock bottom was called George W. Bush.

Clearly, Bush is without question the worse president ever elected in modern times (since the depression).

I know he agrees with you on religion, but he blew all the other issues including 911. At least Clinton was bombing Bin Laden and knew he was threat. I would bet real money George Bush did not know who Bin Laden was until the 911 bombing.

Lets not even get started on choosing to stay in an occupation in Iraq (could have pulled out and chased the real enemy in Afghanistan), or the economy (price of gas), or Katrina or any of the other screw ups this bone head contributed to by putting stupid people who had no substance in positions of power. Yeah, they were all born again types like him but totally unqualified to do the job he appointed them for.

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Kontum1972 6 years, 3 months ago

i just love these arm chair warriors....when i was 20 i was flying huey gunships in Nam ...

R_T ..specials ed ops...u PoS

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Kontum1972 6 years, 3 months ago

jumpin cat...bush got elected illegally ...bogus...just like his war....troops expected to be in iraq for the next 50 yrs...gee we thought the russians were bad...and bush handed over billions of dollars of miltiary equipment to the saudis....bet u cant guess where that equipment will end up...right in the enemies hands...

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bearded_gnome 6 years, 3 months ago

oh Righty, now they're calling sexism...a sure sign they're feeling faint and losing the arguments. we only oppose gov. c.bilius because she's a woman! did you get that, and the concerns about abortion money don't mean anything, and the concerns about her bitching and moaning about the national guard shortage personnel/equipment (in part caused by her party's actions). no, couldn't be reasoned disagreement with her...no, righty you are an eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevil sexist! that's a hoot, she's gonna talk in the reply about kansans pulling together when she pulled that stunt claiming personnel and equipment shortages in the national guard; these were denied by the chief of the ks national guard. pulling together, or pulling our hair out? right.
vapid choice to deliver the reply.

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 3 months ago

All I can say is one mission was called "Operation Pinewood Derby" ......can't say anymore than that.

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The_Original_Bob 6 years, 3 months ago

The Merchant Marine has special ops?

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Keith 6 years, 3 months ago

Special Ops:.I'm not at liberty to divulge this information.

ha ha ha, I'm sure it was special.

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 3 months ago

"right thinker what branch of the service were u a part of?"

Special Ops....I'm not at liberty to divulge this information.

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sweetiepie 6 years, 3 months ago

That is, without a doubt, one of the strangest headlines I've read in the Journal World. Maybe an even better question is "What is the JW up to?"

I am impressed by Senator Morris's comment. In the midst of all this partisanship and back-stabbing, he remains diplomatic and recognizes the greater good that can come out Governor Sebelius's honor.

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dirkleisure 6 years, 3 months ago

r_t needs to be reminded that the Mission was Accomplished in Iraq with Bill Clinton's military. Just as Dick Cheney effused praise on Bush the Elder in 1991 for the strong military that was used in Desert Storm, so should he have thanked President Clinton for the troops they threw at Saddam in 2003.

Sounds like he is trying to bring up the "not ready for duty" crap all over again. Pssst, you little fascist, that was a lie told by your leader. That's what fascist leaders do, they lie to you to win your undying support.

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Kontum1972 6 years, 3 months ago

right thinker what branch of the service were u a part of?

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bunnyhawk 6 years, 3 months ago

I think a MUCH better question is:

What is the Journal World up to?
Clearly, an unbiased presentation of the news is beyond the capability of your staff

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The_Original_Bob 6 years, 3 months ago

"Is Alaska Governor Sarah Palin a Vice Presidential contender?" R_I

If being good looking is a qualification, Palin is a cinch for the VP candidacy.

--

Blue's 9:22 wins.

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acg 6 years, 3 months ago

I agree with you lounger. She does intimidate men. Which is why right-thinker, and other idiots above are foaming at the mouth at the thought of her going farther in her political career. They just can't stand the thought of a woman in the white house, no matter who she is or what her politics may be. It really burns your a**, doesn't it right thinker? You neanderthal republican jerks are so sure that we need to maintain the status quo, right? How's that been working for the past few hundred years?

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Jason Bowers-Chaika 6 years, 3 months ago

Congratulations Governor. She is blue in a red state. She will make a great VP.

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lounger 6 years, 3 months ago

I find it very funny that she intimidates so many men! Im a man and I find her smart, Plugged in and refreshing! Im so glad she at least brings up enviormental issues in a state that historically has no regard for the enviorment (Just check out our poor polluted Kansas river).

She would fit in with an Obama white house or a Clinton white house. Either way the thought is so fresh compaired to the slouching war mongers we have in the white house currently.

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blue73harley 6 years, 3 months ago

When I read the headline, I thought it was going to be another article about Sue Hack. ;-)

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BigAl 6 years, 3 months ago

The hatred from the far right is in full bloom this morning.

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BigAl 6 years, 3 months ago

Posted by dizzy "Sebelius is a good choice-provided they use good scriptwriters:and she doesn't have to take any questions:and she doesn't have to make any decisions."


Sounds just like Ronald Raegan.

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dizzy_from_your_spin 6 years, 3 months ago

Sebelius is a good choice--provided they use good scriptwriters...and she doesn't have to take any questions...and she doesn't have to make any decisions.

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Defender 6 years, 3 months ago

KS says:

"These posts seem to be typical of the left. Make the attacks personal."

But first KS said:

"You know, when you are a do nothing Governor, it is easy to shine."

Hypocritical much? Folks like yourself show just how little sense you really have by posting crap like this.

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jumpin_catfish 6 years, 3 months ago

Merrill you're first post was that Bush had reduced brain cells and so on but apparently he was smart enough to get elected twice. Our governor hasn't shown that much yet in the way of real leadership but she is good at the old bob and weave. You know jumping in and out of the limelight as the situation may dictate. She gets a C+ from me on job performance and I'm being generous. Oh she's in favor of illegals having drivers license in which case she gets an F.

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SearchingForTruth 6 years, 3 months ago

The article stated: "It's a win-win for Democratic leaders in Congress and Sebelius," Kobach said. "She gets the national stage she has been craving so long"

I know this is old news, but we need to remember that Sebelius attended Bilderberg using tax payer money:

Sebelius guest of Bilderberg Group The Associated Press Published Monday, September 03, 2007 Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was the guest this summer of a mysterious international group that is a frequent target of New World Order conspiracy theorists. Sebelius attended the annual meeting of the Bilderberg Group, which held the conference May 31-June 3 in Istanbul, Turkey, The Kansas City Star reported Sunday. Bilderberg is made up of international business leaders, top politicians and academics from around the world who meet once a year at posh resorts. The group's enigmatic purpose and zealously guarded privacy lead to accusations of sinister motives to control world affairs. The governor's spokeswoman, Nicole Corcoran, said Sebelius was invited to speak about cooperation and consensus-building in government. The group was started in 1954 with the original goal of improving ties between Western Europe and the United States. Bringing together more than 100 international leaders to resorts each year, Bilderberg now is a sort of symposium of the elite. While Bilderberg paid for Sebelius' flight to Istanbul, she paid the $1,274 in other expenses during the four-day meeting from her office budget. That has some conservatives and anti-tax advocates complaining that the state paid for a trip from which it likely received little benefit. "It's very distressing to discover that Kansas taxpayers were helping to fund an international conference for the governor," said Karl Peterjohn, director of the Kansas Taxpayers Network. "I think it's hard to find a benefit to us for her going to the Istanbul Ritz-Carlton."

http://cjonline.com/stories/090307/sta_196549723.shtml

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staff04 6 years, 3 months ago

"A Clinton/Sebelius Whitehouse will ultimately more or less dismantle our military"

I didn't realize you were clairvoyant...an idiot savant, shall we say?

So which is it? More, or less?

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logicsound04 6 years, 3 months ago

"These posts seem to be typical of the left. Make the attacks personal."


Ad hominems are an equal opportunity response.

In fact, KS, I'm pretty sure you've engaged in a few yourself. Or are you from the left as well...?

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grimpeur 6 years, 3 months ago

Where in the world does LJW get its headlines?

News?

Editorial?

Who cares?! Who knows the diff, anyhow?

Good thing it was quickly replaced online by more important stuff--KU pigskin.

Sheesh. That's just bad.

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 3 months ago

Sebelius probably can't wait to get out of KS....the farther away from the brewing, soon-to-be full blown Tiller debacle.....she needs to start distancing herself from the Tiller Donation Club and the Kansas Circle of Death.

She recruited Morrison, she aided and abetted an illegally operated third-trimester abortionists with her office' power.

She has alot to get away from.

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 3 months ago

Will she say something else snotty about Kansas?(remembering her remark about Kansas wine-makers)

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logrithmic 6 years, 3 months ago

Governor,

Thank you for pushing for alternative energy.

Log

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 3 months ago

A Clinton/Sebelius Whitehouse will ultimately more or less dismantle our military---completing the vision of the first disastrous Clinton Whitehouse. Sebelius may, at least as shown by her words and actions: A. Is clueless about military affairs B. Is a Clintonesque loather of the military and C. Will put her personal agenda ahead of the lives of 300,000,000 Americans. Hillary would be damaging her office to put this wretched woman on her ticket. Hillary is too good for Sebelius. Sebelius is a wretched woman.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 3 months ago

Is Alaska Governor Sarah Palin a Vice Presidential contender?

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average 6 years, 3 months ago

I still have a real hard time seeing Sebelius as a VP option this year. If it's Obama, he would hopefully pick someone with more foreign or military experience (Richardson, Bill Cohen?). Clinton? I assume she'd pick someone more sycophantic to the Clinton Machine (Lieberman or Clark). I don't see what our governor brings to the table for any of them. Certainly not a state (if a Dem wins Kansas, they've already won 45 other states).

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Richard Heckler 6 years, 3 months ago

Being a super power is not based on military might alone.

Bush/Cheney have definitely reduced our status substantially as an economic superpower which is why the USA is now in a recession. The USA has effectively not created any new industry to replace middle class employment going to China,Pakistan and India. This in addition to the $2 trillion dollar war that will cost the USA citizens for at least another 50 years in medical treatment and disability costs alone. Extreme Reaganomics = failure.

The republicans in Topeka need to get out of the way and allow Governor Sebelius to bring in new industry.

Tens of thousands of jobs are on the chopping block as we speak. Several thousand of those jobs are tied to Sprint. Lawrence has a lot of residents tied to Sprint.

Governor Sebelius knows what she is doing. Usually a sitting vice president or president generates economic growth for states in which are repesented.

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KS 6 years, 3 months ago

jumpin_catfish, you can't say that to these folks. They will tell you that Bush wasn't elected, but rather stole the election. Frankly, I thought it was the other way around. Gore tried to steal it and Bush caught him and stopped it. :)

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johngalt 6 years, 3 months ago

Did anyone watch her State of the State?

It was awful.

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jumpin_catfish 6 years, 3 months ago

Hey Merrrill didn't Bush elected president twice?

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 3 months ago

Clinton/Sebelius

The thought of this ranks up in the top five most depressing occurences in my life to date. We really do need a shake-up though in this great nation.....this scenario could be what we need. Like a drug addict---you usually have to hit the absolute rock-bottom in order to fix things.

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LogicMan 6 years, 3 months ago

I was giving her the benefit of the doubt, but now it is obvious that the powerplant decision was, unfortunately, purely political. The Kansas court system, and if necessary the Legislature, should swiftly reverse her administration's action.

But I wish her good luck in her quest for national office.

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Souki 6 years, 3 months ago

I worry, too, that our nation may be on the wane. I suspect it will take more than just a decade or two, but I worry that our years as a superpower may be numbered.

And if they are, the blame lies largely with the Bush administration, which has imbroiled us in "wars" we can't win against peoples who are not our enemies while at the same time ignoring looming threats such as climate change and the end of oil while simultaneously undermining the civil liberties that have always made this country resilient.

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topcity 6 years, 3 months ago

A monkey could speak after Bush.Does anyone remember when Bush said we were going to Mars and the Moon in a State of the Union address?

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KS 6 years, 3 months ago

You know, when you are a do nothing Governor, it is easy to shine. Regarding Bush and Cheney, hisotry will judge them and I predict it will be a lot different than what some people may think today. I agree with "right_thinker", in that in ten years or less, we very well may not be a super power anymore. If that is the case, we better spend more money on our own defense.

These posts seem to be typical of the left. Make the attacks personal.

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spywell 6 years, 3 months ago

"Betty rubble" or 'Wilma"?

Pebbles long lost sister,lol.

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Keith 6 years, 3 months ago

"Kris Kobach, chairman of the Kansas Republican Party, said Sebelius was picked to deliver the Democratic response for political reasons."

Well duh, captain obvious. Did this guy get to be chairman on brains alone, or for political reasons?

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BigPrune 6 years, 3 months ago

"What's she up to?" Looks like she's been reading Mein Kampf.

Sieg Heil!

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Richard Heckler 6 years, 3 months ago

Hey this lady has more thinking and brain cells than Bush and Cheney combined. Gov. Sebelius is presidential whereas Bush and Cheney are not.

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 3 months ago

"Hensley said it's not outside the realm of possibility to think that Sebelius might some day run for president."

It's also not outside the realm of possibility we'll be no longer a superpower nation in a decade or two--or less.

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