The politics, they say, is a profession where no disaster goes unrewarded. The Hill reported that former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius may be going to her just reward: the US Senate.
Democrats are dying to have Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius enter the Senate race in Kansas.
It seems crazy to Republicans, who see Sebelius as the face of the botched ObamaCare rollout and believe her candidacy would make it even easier for them to win the Senate majority.
But Democrats say her candidacy would make Kansas more winnable, would blunt the problems ObamaCare poses to their party and would force Republicans to pour money into a red state.
It would also send a message to the Democratic faithful. If you are stand up person, like Sebelius, willing to take the metaphorical bullet for the team, the guys will take care of you.
Democrats see Roberts, who was first elected to the upper chamber in 1996, as vulnerable even though Kansas has not had a Democratic senator since former Sen. George McGill in the 1930s.
Roberts was damaged by the revelation earlier this year that he does not have his own home in Kansas and listed the residence of a longtime supporter has his voting residence.
He has made himself more of a target in a general election by shifting to the right to fend off a conservative primary challenge from Milton Wolf. Roberts voted against the 2014 farm bill and against funding for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kan., Democrats note.
The contest is interesting for another reason. Kansas is one of the states which has passed the Health Care Compact through both houses. Sebelius would be matchup between Obamacare and the Health Care Compact. The question is whether the political pundits have seen that angle or whether their conventional calculators have missed that aspect altogether.