Friday, April 11, 2014

Sebelius Out, Colbert In

It must have been some kind of harmonic convergence that Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as Secretary of Health and Human Services on the same day that CBS announced that Stephen Colbert is taking over for David Letterman.

Ms. Sebelius oversaw the implementation of Obamacare and caught most of the flack when the website cratered on launch back in October, but she stayed on through the first enrollment period which ended up exceeding the goal of 7 million signed up.  Republicans and wingers have been demanding she quit all along, but she stuck it out, even if it caused agita in the West Wing.  I will give her a great deal of credit for doing a nearly impossible job against huge odds and pulling it off with a lot more grace than it deserved.

Her replacement will be Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, assuming the Senate confirms her.  That should be an interesting hearing.

It wasn’t a huge surprise that Stephen Colbert was hired to take the slot left vacant by David Letterman’s departure at CBS, but what is interesting is that it happened so fast.  Something had to have been in the works long before the news last week that Mr. Letterman was leaving.  Anyway, it’s got the wingers rattling off the rafters; Rush Limbaugh says that CBS has declared war on the heartland of America.

Ah, jealousy rears its shiny head.  That plus the fact that Stephen Colbert can drop his act as a right-wing blowhard and move on to the next gig without losing a step, whereas Rush Limbaugh without his schtick is just another big mouth on AM radio and that’s all he’ll ever be.

One bark on “Sebelius Out, Colbert In

  1. It was a small sample size, but yesterday there was a survey that showed 27% of conservatives applauded the Colbert selection because it would be good to have a conservative on late night TV. Really, how tone deaf can you be?

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