Charlotte Hays

Perhaps. Whatever the reason, among the not-very-inspiring women who serve or have served in the Obama administration are National Security Adviser Susan Rice, who famously went on TV to spout bogus talking points about the Benghazi attack that left four Americans dead; Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state the night all hell broke loose in Benghazi but doesn’t think that whatever happened at this point matters, and the highly credentialed U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, who skipped a crucial meeting on Syria nineteen days into her tenure in Turtle Bay for a personal trip abroad.

Valerie Jarrett, the most powerful woman in the Obama administration (next to our lecturing and hectoring First Lady, who, unlike the rest of us does pretty much what she pleases) is a veteran of Chicago politics. Ms. Jarrett is so imbued with such a sense of privilege that she requires Secret Service protection, not normally accorded to one in her position. White House officials suspect, according to Mark Leibovich’s buzz-provoking book “Our Town,” that it was “earpiece envy”—not concerns about safety—that prompted Jarrett’s Secret Service protection.

Apparently, this is not the Sebelius’ first brush with e-catastrophe. A story in the Daily Caller reports that during her tenure as governor of Kansas, Sebelius “oversaw numerous costly and disastrous government website projects.”

Would it have been sexist for the Obama administration to have inquired into this before handing her the Healthcare.gov portfolio? Sebelius says there is a reason the website is subpar: she really needed five years instead of three! She richly deserves a place on the team of all the president’s women. Unfortunately, like responding to Benghazi, this isn’t just a ceremonial job.

So Republicans asking for the President to dump Sebelius, be careful what you wish. Kathleen Sebelius is a terrific advertisement—and not for ObamaCare.


Charlotte Hays

Director of Cultural Programs at the Independent Women's Forum.



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