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Ed Driscoll

Titanic Clears Deckchairs: Kathleen Sebelius Resigns

April 10th, 2014 - 3:45 pm

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“Health Secretary Resigns After Woes of HealthCare.gov,” Obama house organ the New York Times reports in a breaking story

Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, is resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act.

Mr. Obama accepted Ms. Sebelius’s resignation this week, and on Friday morning he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her, officials said.

The departure comes as the Obama administration tries to move beyond its early stumbles in carrying out the law, persuade a still-skeptical public of its lasting benefits, and help Democratic incumbents, who face blistering attack ads after supporting the legislation, survive the midterm elections this fall.

Officials said Ms. Sebelius, 65, made the decision to resign and was not forced out. But the frustration at the White House over her performance had become increasingly clear, as administration aides worried that the crippling problems at HealthCare.gov, the website set up to enroll Americans in insurance exchanges, would result in lasting damage to the president’s legacy.

I’ll always remember her for the stellar moment from November pictured above, in which the administration that lives by Alinsky for once got played by it as well.

What’s your take on Sebelius’s resignation? Let me know in the comments below.

Update: Eric Cantor sticks the rhetorical scalpel in:

“The confirmation hearings will, I trust, be zesty,” for Sylvia Mathews Burwell, whom Obama has tapped as the successor to “the now departing supervisor of the Healthcare.gov Chernobyl,” as Allahpundit writes at Hot Air.

Related: Bryan Preston at the PJ Tatler has an initial take on her resignation as well.

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Sebelius has 7 good reasons why she is resigning now.

Well, actually...two of the reasons were looked at but never really were signed on as actual reasons. So, she has five good, solid reasons why she is resigning now.

Er...it seems that two of the reasons were in reality simply alibis for a different pre-existing program. But she has three really, really impressive reasons for resigning now.

Um...actually, two of those reasons have been found to cost more politically to key midterm races and the lost seats predicted known now as the Democratic "Deductibles", preclude her from using them out loud.

But she has one firm, splendid reason for resigning now.

Obama told her if she likes her job at HHS she can keep her job at HHS.

And, we ALL know from experience how that turns out.
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She's going to lead the Microsoft Explorer design team now. She earned that job!
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Chaos, disorder, destruction and despair.... Mission accomplished!
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Her departure is just another float in the passing clown parade we call "guvmnt". Eric Cantor, "GOP Bleeder" is another.
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She did her job perfectly according to the game plan. We are 1 step closer to a single payer system than we were when she started. WHY is this so hard for so many people to understand?
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Well, at least she's 65 and doesn't have to sign up for Obamacare. That would have been too much: having to quit your job and then having to submit to Obama's Folly.
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To quote from the movie Tombstone:
Kathleen: "I just want you to know that it's over."
American Public: "Well, BYE!"
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Gross incompetence. Billions of dollars wasted. Upheaval of 1/6 of the nation's economy. Obama has only one thing left to do: Award her a Presidential Medal of Freedom!

It wasn't broke, but Sebelius fixed it. To infinity & beyond!
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Is it just me, why does it seem that every scandal the white house is involved in the person at the top suddenly resigns? Lerner, Hillary, Sebelius. Is anybody missing?
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Obama himself.
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Not to worry for Obama; he already has the replacement lined up; one chosen from the ubiquitous farm team oozing out of Harvard-Yale-Goldman Sachs. So ridiculous that the Democrat party , the party of the rich Americans spend so much time pumping the media with cash to tell the people how much they identify with the poor and the middle class. Rich women, marrying rich men and being bestowed with royal titles in the American government. Do they still have dozens of
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Sebelius has 7 good reasons why she is resigning now.

Well, actually...two of the reasons were looked at but never really were signed on as actual reasons. So, she has five good, solid reasons why she is resigning now.

Er...it seems that two of the reasons were in reality simply alibis for a different pre-existing program. But she has three really, really impressive reasons for resigning now.

Um...actually, two of those reasons have been found to cost more politically to key midterm races and the lost seats predicted known now as the Democratic "Deductibles", preclude her from using them out loud.

But she has one firm, splendid reason for resigning now.

Obama told her if she likes her job at HHS she can keep her job at HHS.

And, we ALL know from experience how that turns out.
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Reverse 'Python.' Nice.
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Having been thrown under the bus, Kathleen can join the Rev. J. Wright and Obama's own "typical white woman" grandmother, you know, the woman who stuck around to raise him while Mom was off "doing her own thing" in Indonesia.

Granted, given Kathleen ("I don't work for the American people") Sebelius' obvious & long term ineptitude in overseeing implementation of the Unaffordable Healthcare Act, she probably deserves to be tossed under the bus.

But any starry eyed idiotlogue that thinks it's invincible joining this administration should take note.
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Kathleen's not completely under the bus yet -- she's just lying in front of it and the hydraulic lines have been cut. Sebelius full contact experience won't begin until "unnamed White House sources" and others within the Democratic Party begin telling the media the entire debacle was her fault, and she completely blindsided Obama with the healthcare.gov failure.
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Chaos, disorder, destruction and despair.... Mission accomplished!
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