Senator Judd Gregg Backs Away From Commerce Secretary Job, Says Viagra Wore Off Sooner Than Expected After Learning More About Obama's Plans For Him

2-13-09

Meet the very first person that has decided they weren’t going to be part of the Obama administration, after being asked to hop aboard, who was able to decline the invite based on his principles rather than yet another scandal. Republican Senator Judd Gregg has decided to take a walk from the Commerce Secretary job.

I suspect the real reason Senator Gregg bowed out is because it became clear he was being used as a stage prop…part of this bipartisan illusion we keep hearing about from the Obama camp. In addition it was Obama’s hope that he could pull a veteran Republican out of the Senate ensuring a rookie “moderate” or perhaps even a Democrat would get sent from New Hampshire to take his place.

The deal breaker and the main reason the love affair between Obama and Gregg came to an abrupt halt had to be when word got out that Obama had plans to wrest the census responsibilities away from the Commerce Department and have his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, become the point man to everlasting Democratic control of the U.S. through some seriously phony census figure finagling. After all they are counting on this help come 2010, ACORN can’t be everywhere. No doubt there were other things that came up that proved to Gregg that he was simply a fixture on the Obama cabinet and the real work would be concentrated in the hands of a very few people behind the scenes. Hillary Clinton will be the next to realize this but that is for another post.


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The official White House response wasn’t nearly as deferential to Senator Gregg as he was to Obama:

Thursday, February 12th, 2009 at 5:40 pm
Statement on Gregg’s withdrawal
Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) has withdrawn from consideration as the nominee for Secretary of Commerce.

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs released the following statement:

“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”.

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