VP Longshot Sebelius Offers Bipartisan Lure
But the popular Kansas governor lacks foreign policy clout
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2008 10:47 AM CDT
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, right, waves with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., following a rally at Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kan., Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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(Newser) – Kathleen Sebelius, the dark horse among Barack Obama's potential running mates, is the best suited to carry his postpartisan torch, writes the New York Times. A popular Democratic governor in strongly Republican Kansas, her lieutenant governor is a Republican and she even married a GOP member. But Sebelius is a longshot because she has the same gaps in foreign policy and military experience as Obama, and many wonder whether choosing a woman would further alienate Hillary Clinton supporters.

"I love Kathleen Sebelius," Obama gushed last month, and her roots in the heartland could help the candidate to highlight his own Kansan roots. But the Catholic governor's moderate stance on abortion has angered the church, and Kansas has picked a Democratic president just once in 72 years. "If Obama were up 10 points, I think it would be very viable," said one professor. "But at 2 points up, she doesn’t bring anything, politically."