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AP has the story this morning:

Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal says Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has canceled a Monday meeting with legislative leaders.

The news Friday came amid speculation about Sebelius as a potential nominee for U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services.

O’Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, said he doesn’t know what to make of the cancellation. The Democratic governor meets regularly with legislative leaders, and her latest session was set for 8 a.m. Monday.

My thoughts on this speculation follow below.

For one I am honored that my Governor Sebelius is being considered, and no doubt she would do very well in the HHS position.  I am personally pulling for Howard Dean, however, primarily because I see him as being a bit more of a progressive and would push his positions a little more than Sebelius.  Nevertheless I know she would do well.

I am a little troubled, however, given the polls in my state of Kansas clearly indicating she has a comfortable lead against both GOP nominees for the Senate position that Brownback is leaving.  I think she could very well maintain this lead throughout the campaign and win the seat despite Kansas being a very Red state.  And the fact that she has been ducking reporters on the Cabinet position is a little troubling, despite her initial firm stance on staying in Kansas when Daschle was the nominee (and yes, strangely it has that Roy Williams leaving to UNC feeling to it - kinda weird to us Lawrence folks).

So my question is, if she has such a great position to gain us a Democratic seat in Kansas, the first Democratic seat given since 1939 in this state, why would Obama give that potential up when he could have that post filled by a terrific candidate like Dean?  Seems to also run a little counter to the 50 State Strategy as well, doesn't it?

Added in Edit: Forgot one minor albeit important point - perhaps this is a bit too much speculation by the AP, driven in part by GOP legislatures who would love nothing more than Sebelius out of Kansas?

Originally posted to MisterOpus1 on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 10:24 AM PST.

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