Is the swine flu emergency just an Obama administration plot? Anti-abortion groups think so, noting that confirmation hearings begin today for would-be Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Some people think that declaring a state of emergency about the flu was a political thing to push the Sebelius nomination through,” the president of one group told the Washington Independent, saying she’d heard the rumor on “talk radio.”
The idea spread quickly. The Family Research Council today sent out an email to supporters warning that “Liberals are already scheming how they can use the health scare to win the confirmation of pro-abortion extremist Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.” Anti-abortion groups had managed to prod Republicans into opposing Sebelius, but her confirmation now looks assured.