Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank suggested Thursday night that the GOP didn’t go after outgoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with the same zeal as Attorney General Eric Holder because — unlike Holder — Sebelius is white.
Milbank made the insinuation during an interview on MSNBC’s “Politics Nation with Al Sharpton,” after the Reverend ran a segment alleging that Republican opposition to Holder, including his contempt citation, is race-based.
“Well, here’s an interesting thought experiment,” Milbank said. “So let’s compare Holder to Kathleen Sebelius, who has presided over Obamacare — which is the thing that has most antagonized the right and Republicans over all these years. You’re not seeing calls for her impeachment. You’re not seeing the same level of personal vitriol.”
“So I think that why, again, it’s fair to ask the question and let every individual say why it is they have that particular antipathy towards this attorney general, towards this president,” Milbank said, “and why not, say, towards Kathleen Sebelius, who they’re obviously much more at odds with.”
Milbank is strangely unaware about Republican opposition to Sebelius for a reporter. Last October, 32 House Republicans called on Sebelius to resign, as did GOP Sens. Rand Paul and Pat Roberts.
Roberts, in fact, bragged about his long-time resistance to Sebelius following her resignation Friday.
I was 1st to call on HHS Sec. Sebelius to resign. It is prudent & overdue given Obamacare implementation failures. http://t.co/sJkZQrS49n
— Pat Roberts (@SenPatRoberts) April 11, 2014
Republicans hardly soft-pedaled their “personal vitriol” against Sebelius either. Last fall Tennessee Republican state senator Brian Kelsey publicly presented her with the book “Websites for Dummies” after HealthCare.gov’s disastrous rollout.
And Michigan Republican congressman Mike Rogers savaged the secretary last fall during a hearing on the website’s nonexistent security infrastructure.
The nerve of those Republicans, going after a white woman like that.
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