Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman continues to court controversy with the party's right wing by praising President Obama's decision to nominate Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for HHS.
"The selection of Kathleen for this critical post is a welcome announcement from the Obama administration. Kathleen brings a fundamental wealth of knowledge and experience that will be indispensable in leading the reform efforts that are so critical to our nation going forward."
Leading pro-life groups are prepared to fight the nomination of what one Operation Rescue analyst calls "the most pro-abortion governor in the country".
Tom McClusky, Senior VP of the Family Research Council:
Governor Sebelius's record as Governor, a state representative, and a close ally of abortionists like the notorious George Tiller (whom she threw a party for in the Governor's mansion) leaves no doubt she will be a strong advocate for abortion disguised as "health care."
While a state representative, Mrs. Sebelius fought continually against parental notification, abortion waiting periods, and informed consent. As governor she twice vetoed abortion clinic regulation legislation and also a bill seeking to curb late-term abortions.
The New Republic concedes:
Sebelius as governor has been pretty unwavering of her support of abortion rights. And, unlike Obama or the rest of the administration, she has taken and defended that position in Kansas--putting her in direct conflict with some of the country's staunchest social conservatives. Among other things, she twice vetoed restrictions on late-term abortions, although she argued (quite plausibly) they would not have passed muster with the courts.
For more on Sebelius and her relationship with infamous abortion doctor, George Tiller, read Bob Novak's May 26, 2008 piece, which Firedoglake blames for severely damaging Sebelius' Veep prospects.
Might this be a preview of a Supreme Court battle?
And has Huntsman finally out-pivoted himself?