Yesterday, the Senate confirmed President Obama’s very pro-choice nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. Along with the expected Democratic vote there were several Republicans who voted for confirmation:
Some of these do not surprise me – they are not social conservatives and never have been. Personally, however, I am highly disappointed in Senator Sam Brownback. I am pretty sure I know why he voted this way, but I’m still disappointed. He was one Senator I had a modicum of respect for as being truly principled.
The sad thing is what his vote does. It goes beyond confirming Sebelius – she would have won without his vote – it is the destruction of confidence.
What does this say about his record as pro-life? Convenience or principle? And what about future votes? What is he willing to sacrifice on the altar of expediency?
His sacrifice of principle for politics also casts a shadow over the Senators that did vote against this confirmation. Did they vote this way because they are sincerely against abortion or because it is politically expedient? I applaud their vote and want to give them the benefit of the doubt, but it becomes more and more difficult.
It is time for our elected officials to do more than pay lip-service in the fight against the evil of abortion. Until they do, their conservative constituents would do well to stop sending them back to Washington. Until they do, they might want to shelve any aspirations for President.