Kathleen Sebelius for U.S. Senate?
The New York Times is reporting that Sebelius, who tendered her resignation last week as Health and Human Services secretary, is "considering entreaties from Democrats" to run against GOP Sen. Pat Roberts back home in Kansas.
Roberts, who is seeking a fourth term, is being challenged in the GOP primary by Dr. Milton Wolf, who is backed by Tea Party supporters.
A Senate bid for Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, would be problematic and the very definition of an uphill battle. She became the face of the Affordable Care Act and was pummeled for months by Republicans over the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov.
Never mind that Roberts, who had supported her confirmation as HHS secretary and was close to Sebelius' father-in-law, had called on her to resign for "gross incompetence" over the rocky start to President Obama's health care law.
There's also the political reality of Kansas: It's a conservative state that Obama lost by 22 percentage points in 2012. There hasn't been a Democrat from Kansas elected to the U.S. Senate since 1932.
So why is Sebelius being talked about as a potential Senate candidate? The NYT story reports "Democrats say that Ms. Sebelius would be their best hope at winning in a tough state."
It also goes on to say that "friends and Democrats who know her said that they seriously doubted she would follow through and mount a campaign, considering how personally difficult the past six or seven months had been."
The filing deadline is June 2.