The Dog That Didn't Bark

Andrew Malcolm noticed a curious omission from Professor Ditherton Wiggleroom’s ♡bamaCare!!! victory lap the other day:

Obama thanked two — and only two — people by name — ex-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said we’d have to pass the bill to learn what was in it. And he thanked Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate. Strangely, Obama did not thank the Senate’s top Democrat, Harry Reid, who runs that place for the moment.

Even more striking, however, Obama did not even mention Sebelius, the face of this long, painful implementation struggle. Not one word, though she was sitting right in front of him.


Malcolm wonders if the omission signals that Sebelius is on her way out.

I dunno. Number on, it’s too late for a face-saving resignation. Number two, Sebelius has been a good soldier, taking hit after hit for her boss. And I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess there will be plenty more hits coming between now and November.

So don’t count Sebelius out just yet — she probably hasn’t outlived her usefulness.


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