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Sen. Judd Gregg Withdraws Name From Commerce Sec Consideration

Well, well, well. I wondered what the impact of moving the census from under Commerce to the White House (a blatantly political move) would have on Gregg. Apparently it became obvious he was a token Republican (but a strong Senator) who was being taken aboard the Obama administration in a relatively useless position to give Obama some bi-partisan cover.

Said Gregg:

Sen. Gregg stated, “I want to thank the President for nominating me to serve in his Cabinet as Secretary of Commerce. This was a great honor, and I had felt that I could bring some views and ideas that would assist him in governing during this difficult time. I especially admire his willingness to reach across the aisle.

“However, it has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census there are irresolvable conflicts for me. Prior to accepting this post, we had discussed these and other potential differences, but unfortunately we did not adequately focus on these concerns. We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy.

“Obviously the President requires a team that is fully supportive of all his initiatives.

“I greatly admire President Obama and know our country will benefit from his leadership, but at this time I must withdraw my name from consideration for this position.

Gregg also said there was nothing that came up during the vetting process that caused him to withdraw.

Irreconcilable differences.

Good call.

So Obama’s back in the hunt for a Commerce Secretary.

~McQ

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15 Responses to Sen. Judd Gregg Withdraws Name From Commerce Sec Consideration

  • Any historians out there? Has any president ever had this much trouble filling out his cabinet?

    Obama started off as the most bizarre presidential candidate in history. I do believe he’s going to finish as the most bizarre president ever.

    • I can’t say for certain, nor remember many specifics, but I do seem to recall reading some interesting stories about problems with the first several presidencies that our nation endured.  In the very least, the name “Marbury” comes to mind.

  • If I was Gregg I’d watch my back – the photo I saw of him speaking, with our saviour looking on…the boss ain’t just real happy with Mr. Gregg, and the look was less regret and more of ‘yeah…I’ll remember YOU for a long time…oh yeah”.

  • Wow a politician with principles.  No wonder he doesn’t fit with hopen changen

    • Principled politician?  As in principled Republican?  What does that even mean anymore?
      Consider that Gregg was for the stimulus before he was against it.

      I suspect, given the timing of his announcement, that he and the republicans may have had other motives in mind.  Don’t know for sure though.

      Cheers.

      • Pogy, all that bitterness. tk tsk

        Hopen chagen fraude?

      • other motives?  You believe in crazy Andy’s thesis as well??

        God man, you have just transitioned to the crazier side of mkultra.  

        Sad, you used to be more fun, and less rabid.  :)

  • If Bush (or any Republican) had this many fuggups their first three weeks, the (liberal) media would be starting every newscast with:

    “Is the Bush administration a failure already?”

    But because they helped get The Clown™ elected, they can’t say that on the air, even if some of them are already thinking it.

  • Good move by Gregg, IMHO.  I have no idea how good of a Senator he is, but stepping into a job with a severe limit on your authority does not bode well for future prospects.

  • I caught an interview of Sen. Gregg (I forget where) and he just couldn’t bring himself to back some of the Obama dogma.
    He did his best just not to answer so he wouldn’t look like he was attacking the POTUS, but it was obvious that he was having trouble.

    Personally, I thought this was a bad idea.  I’m really wondering what part, if any, the story about moving the top management of the 2010 census into the White House (chief of staff), and out of Commerce control had in Gregg’s decision.  In the long run I think Gregg finally figured out that Obama could end his political career with one decision (something that Hiliary Clinton should have realized too).

  • So, what’s the next one gonna be?  A tax cheat, or a lobbyist?

    • pedophile?  Oh wait the attorney general is a pedophile defending lawyer

      Ok, at this rate they will have tp get a deeper barrel.  It seems like they keep hitting the bottom

      I guess they will have to get regaulr dirtbags.

      Most ethical ….<snort> …  I can never finish that phrase without a huge bellylaugh

      I don’t know about you guys but this whole presidency is hilarious until you realize the damage that doofus is doing.  God, someone more retarded than G.W. Bush.  whoda thunk

  • Please note the statement released by TAO’s bumbling press secretary:

    Senator Gregg reached out to the President and offered his name for secretary of commerce.  He was very clear throughout the interviewing process that despite past disagreements about policies, he would support, embrace, and move forward with the president’s agenda. Once it became clear after his nomination that Senator Gregg was not going to be supporting some of President Obama’s key economic priorities, it became necessary for Senator Gregg and the Obama administration to part ways. We regret that he has had a change of heart.

    Translation:
    You know, Gregg came to us.  Yeah, that’s right.  HE came to US.  He BEGGED us for the job.  We were ready to let him have it, you know, because we’re just nice guys who are totally willing to work with the other side.  He said he’d do what we wanted, and, you know, we were totally up front about all of it, and he said he was cool with every bit of it.  But then he BONED us.  So, we went to him and said, ‘Judd, dude, I don’t think this will work.’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, man, I think you’re right.’  So, he’s gone.  I don’t know WTF he was thinking.”

  • When Gregg abstained in the voting for the Stimulus Bill, it was not going to take a clairvoyent to see there was trouble brewing.  First was Obama stripping Commerce of  the Census (As Krauthammer on Fox said the other day, “Commerce has the Census and an acquariam.  When Obama took the Census away, Gregg was left to feeding the fishes.”)  And Gregg, as the nominated head of Commerce, not voting for the very thing Commerce stands for and between the two you get a marriage made in Hell.

    Good for Gregg!

  • Perhaps Gregg decided he was better off continuing to serve the people of his state rather than at the pleasure of an arrogant, feckless @rsehole with a chronic treachery problem.