Breaking: Gregg withdraws at Commerce; Update: White House gobsmacked?

posted at 4:22 pm on February 12, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

According to a breaking news alert from MSNBC, Judd Gregg has withdrawn from his nomination as Commerce Secretary.  If so, this makes the third Cabinet appointment from Barack Obama to fail, and the second one at Commerce.  Tom Daschle withdrew at HHS over his tax evasion, and Bill Richardson preceded Gregg as Commerce Secretary-designate before withdrawing over a pay-for-play corruption scandal in New Mexico.

Gregg took a bit of heat from fellow Republicans for resigning from the Senate during a point when conservatives needed every ally they can find.  What touched off Gregg’s withdrawal?  He couldn’t support the stimulus:

“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.

“As we move forward, I expect there will be many issues and initiatives where I can and will work to assure the success of the President’s proposals. This will certainly be a goal of mine.

“Kathy and I also want to specifically thank Governor Lynch and Bonnie Newman for their friendship and assistance during this period. In addition we wish to thank all the people, especially in New Hampshire, who have been so kind and generous in their supportive comments.

“As a further matter of clarification, nothing about the vetting process played any role in this decision. I will continue to represent the people of New Hampshire in the United States Senate.”

Wow.  This is an embarrassment for Obama, and might imperil the stimulus package, if Gregg has any influence over the waverers.  The decision to strip him of authority over the census looks like the last straw, however — as it should have been.

Update: Barack Obama will take another big hit to his transition, but the man who really deserves the obloquy this time is Rahm Emanuel.  The census ploy was a transparent attempt to hijack the data for political purposes, and pulling that stunt after Gregg’s appointment made Gregg look like a political eunuch.  It was classic overreach, and it’s classic Emanuel.

Now he’s embarrassed himself, made his boss look impotent, and managed at the same time to damage Obama’s most critical piece of domestic policy legislation.  If Gregg hits the media circuit to criticize Porkulus, his credibility as an Obama appointee will create a lot of heat on other Republicans and even a few Democrats to stop the runaway train of this bill and force it back into debate.

Update II: Gregg never resigned as Senator; that usually happens after confirmation.  He is still and will continue to be the senior Senator from New Hampshire.

Update III: One of the commenters makes a good point.  Democratic governor John Lynch had to agree to appoint a Republican to the seat and take some political heat for it — and now it’s all for nothing.  I’m sure he’s happy with Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama today, too.

Update IV: According to the AP, no one in the Obama administration saw this coming:

The withdrawal appeared to take the White House by surprise, with members of the president’s media operation learning of Gregg’s decision from reporters. An administration official said Gregg dropped out without warning for a position that he had expressed interest in just a few weeks ago.

They heard about it from reporters?  Wow again.  Gregg apparently got so incensed that he didn’t bother to apprise them, or the people he did tell didn’t get the word to the media-relations folks.  What a breakdown, and an embarrassment as well.


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Gregg would have been a hero if he had accused Obama of neutering the Commerce Secretary’s duties solely because he was a Republican.

Speedwagon82 on February 12, 2009 at 4:46 PM

I have to challenge Gregg’s statement on one point: There likely was a problem with the vetting process–Obama failed to reveal his stance on Porkulus and the Census.

IOW, Obama himself failed the vetting process, which any job applicant knows is a two-way conversation.

Christien on February 12, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Well there’s always Susan Collins. She’s proven that she has a price.

jeanie on February 12, 2009 at 4:47 PM

“As a further matter of clarification, nothing about the vetting process played any role in this decision. I will continue to represent the people of New Hampshire in the United States Senate.”

“Oh by the way, I don’t owe any taxes.”

This is just too good. Greg locked lil Barry in his own locker, and walks down the hall combing his hair while lil Barry yells for help – “Uh, would somebody, uh, please let me out of here? Hello? Ok, this is pretty funny but, uh, c’mon, anyone? Hello?”

Just too good.

Akzed on February 12, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Betcha it’s killing Hillary that she didn’t pull out before she gave up her seat.

misslizzi on February 12, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Oh I think she’s happy with being SECSTATE. Far fewer people to “Fort Marcy” between her and the filthy liar than positions like Secretary of Commerce. She’ll also get gravitas she doesn’t deserve when Obama ever gets around to dealing with foreign policy issues. In case you haven’t noticed, the filthy liar is a one issue at a time President. Right after the inauguration he was all about signing the Executive Orders that made it easier for the left to kill off unborn life with federal dollars. Then this stimulus stuff happened. He, at some point, will still have to put on his CINC hat and give some direction to the DOD and Secretary Gates but I don’t think the filthy liar wants to deal with the outrage from lifting “don’t ask, don’t tell” at the same time he is spewing lies about a stimulus bill that is nothing but a rewards delivery system for the radical left.

highhopes on February 12, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Gregg should have known that Barry would stab him in the back sooner or later. Very simply, Obama has not demonstrated that he is anything other than a manipulative, untrustworthy, poseur.

Buy Danish on February 12, 2009 at 4:47 PM

To quote a poster I saw once at Ace’s, this is awesome on a stick with awesome sauce. Nice post-partisan cred, Messiah!

Jim62sch on February 12, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Gregg says “Keep the change…”.Go Gregg! You have the support in this decision of many many many Americans.

canditaylor68 on February 12, 2009 at 4:31 PM
Let’s give him a call and congratulate him on it:

(202) 224-3324

misslizzi on February 12, 2009 at 4:34 PM

His phones on meltdown but keep trying.

canditaylor68 on February 12, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Why do we even need a Commerce Secretary? If Obama left the position empty would anyone notice?

Mark1971 on February 12, 2009 at 4:48 PM

so much for the team of rivals idea

the_inside_out on February 12, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Yesssss!!! Maybe there is something going on behind the scenes besides strongly-worded letters from Steele. Dare we hope?

hoosiermama on February 12, 2009 at 4:48 PM

In his statement he said that he would continue to serve the people of New Hampsire as their Senator

Danger on February 12, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Can’t wait to see the census mysteriously become property of the Commerce Dept. once again after a Dem takes the post.

You have to feel for Obama in one respect, though. He moved census to the WH after complaints from certain House members.

Once again, Obama takes a smart position (get a Republican on staff) only to have the farther-Left undercut him.

hawksruleva on February 12, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Update II: Gregg never resigned as Senator; that usually happens after confirmation. He is still and will continue to be the senior Senator from New Hampshire.

I was as ecstatic to read this as I remember being over my first love. I care about politics way too much!

thuja on February 12, 2009 at 4:48 PM

You should see the picture over at Drudge. Someone is really po’d.

cjs1943 on February 12, 2009 at 4:48 PM

hero of the day!!! Now let’s pick off some democrats.

suzyk on February 12, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Gregg should have known that Barry would stab him in the back sooner or later. Very simply, Obama has not demonstrated that he is anything other than a manipulative, untrustworthy, poseur.

Buy Danish on February 12, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Hey! I will not let you slander the President this way. The filthy liar uses busses, not knives, to dispatch the inconvenient ally.

highhopes on February 12, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Well Played Sen. Gregg… well played…

Wicked Googli there…

Romeo13 on February 12, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Top infant name for newborn males of Replican parents?

JUDD

BuckeyeSam on February 12, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Now he’s embarrassed himself, made his boss look impotent, and managed at the same time to damage Obama’s most critical piece of domestic policy legislation.

Come on, Ed. Let’s stick our head out of the echo chamber once a day, at least. Exactly whom will report this story this way? Brian Williams? Anderson Cooper? Wolf Blitzer? Maybe, if we’re lucky, it will be framed your way on Fox for a short time. But instead this will be merely painted as another opportunity for Lord Barry Ur-Lincoln to appoint an even more qualified, brilliant, indispensable person to the job. After all, Geithner the Retard is going nowhere. The MSM still sets the tone for the rest of us. Like it or not.

George Orwell on February 12, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Finally, a Judd we can admire.

Mark1971 on February 12, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Gateway Pundit LOL comment:

Obama withdraws Gregg nomination citing lack of tax issues. Fear he would be “uppity” with rest of cabinet.–
TCP

maverick muse on February 12, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Barack Obama will take another big hit to his transition, but the man who really deserves the obloquy this time is Rahm Emanuel. The census ploy was a transparent attempt to hijack the data for political purposes, and pulling that stunt after Gregg’s appointment made Gregg look like a political eunuch. It was classic overreach, and it’s classic Emanuel.

Yes Ed, and it also cause a few americans to realize just what they were up to who otherwise wouldn’t have known or heard about it.

This is cocky amateur hour.

Topsecretk9 on February 12, 2009 at 4:50 PM

You should see the picture over at Drudge. Someone is really po’d.

cjs1943 on February 12, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Is that the withdrawal picture or the nomination picture?

genso on February 12, 2009 at 4:51 PM

“Did Gregg fake his daughters pregnancy” will be all over MSM in a few.

the_nile on February 12, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Another Obamanation to dip my balls in. Good for Gregg, though I still think he’s a worm.

Blacksheep on February 12, 2009 at 4:53 PM

“Did Gregg fake his daughters pregnancy” will be all over MSM in a few.

the_nile on February 12, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Ha. Judd pulled a premature withdrawal on the One. No contraceptives necessary.

genso on February 12, 2009 at 4:53 PM

The census ploy was a transparent attempt to hijack the data for political purposes, and pulling that stunt after Gregg’s appointment made Gregg look like a political eunuch. It was classic overreach, and it’s classic Emanuel

.

But he promised us the most transparent administration, evah.

BuckeyeSam on February 12, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Did anyone else detect a note of passive-aggresive snark here in his letter?

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.

In other words, he is saying that the “bipartisan” nonsense is total BS.

DaveS on February 12, 2009 at 4:54 PM

This is wonderful. The president should have waited until he was confirmed before he stabbed him in the back. I sure hope they don’t learn anything from all these mistakes they are making.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Betcha it’s killing Hillary that she didn’t pull out before she gave up her seat.

Drudge headlined her office shrinking. Hark, the wicked witch’s last words, “I’m shrinking, shrinking!”

maverick muse on February 12, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Maybe now that Gregg has shown that he didn’t check his cojones or his convictions at the door he can lead the few remaining conservatives (including blue dog dems) in the fight against the daily dose of bullsh*t being doled out by Hopey, Reid, Pelosi, et, al. The conservatives in DC need to stop “going along to get along” and fight back.

Dukehoopsfan on February 12, 2009 at 4:55 PM

good news

rob verdi on February 12, 2009 at 4:55 PM

…pulling that stunt after Gregg’s appointment made Gregg look like a political eunuch. It was classic overreach, and it’s classic Emanuel.

And in another classic Emanuel, I see a dead fish in Gregg’s mail, coming soon.

tru2tx on February 12, 2009 at 4:55 PM

genso infection

maverick muse on February 12, 2009 at 4:55 PM

hahaha Obama’s administration is falling flat on its face. 2010 should be a walk in the park for the GOP in the midterms.

lavell12 on February 12, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Greggs withdrawal deepens the rift between Repubs and Dems which to me is a good thing.

docdave on February 12, 2009 at 4:56 PM

I wonder if Snowe, Collins and Specter WILL TAKE NOTE?

GarandFan on February 12, 2009 at 4:57 PM

MSNBC is reporting that the White House press office was totally caught by surprise.

From AOSHQ. Heh.

Wethal on February 12, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Obama’s making a laughingstock out of the federal gov’t. I know it hurts him and exposes his incompetence, and I suppose an incompetent socialist is better than a competent one. Nevertheless, the whole thing still sucks for all of us.

JiangxiDad on February 12, 2009 at 4:58 PM

What this says to me is the “rumors” of the census being taken out of the Commerce Dept was actually true. Good for Mr. Gregg for standing on principal. It’s also great to have a fiscally responsible Republican back with a solid vote against the spending bill.

jcheney on February 12, 2009 at 4:58 PM

I would double dutch hate to be Arlen Specter right now.

Topsecretk9 on February 12, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Barry thrown under own bus!

/Gold, Jerry

Christien on February 12, 2009 at 4:58 PM

A masterstoke by Gregg, everytime you count those congressional GOPers out they make a strong move like this. Seeing the stimulus gain in power, seeing Obama control the debate, withdraw this nomination that, frankly, never made sense to those of us on the left.

I’ll give it up to your side, it’s a blow in terms of the growing perception that Obama has not thought all of his appointments through. I wonder if he just thought Gregg is from N.H., therefore he will be a moderate. Did he know much about the guy’s record?

All that said though, there’s also a chance that Obama will, like he will with HHS, appoint someone further to the left. This kind of a body blow that GOP senators will gleefully celebrate may push him towards more explicit partisanship and we’ve seen that, when he wants to, he can get the American people behind him.

DeathToMediaHacks on February 12, 2009 at 4:58 PM

this brought tears to my eyes… good for him to stand up to this megalomaniac

gatorboy on February 12, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Come on, Ed. Let’s stick our head out of the echo chamber once a day, at least. Exactly whom will report this story this way? Brian Williams? Anderson Cooper? Wolf Blitzer? Maybe, if we’re lucky, it will be framed your way on Fox for a short time. But instead this will be merely painted as another opportunity for Lord Barry Ur-Lincoln to appoint an even more qualified, brilliant, indispensable person to the job. After all, Geithner the Retard is going nowhere. The MSM still sets the tone for the rest of us. Like it or not.

George Orwell on February 12, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Sadly true, although these things sometimes have a way of bubbling up through the public consciousness even when the media tries to ignore them. Ask the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. (Where are those guys, by the way? Is it time for Swift Boat Veterans Against Obscene Pork?) A long string of busted cabinet nominations and clumsy political over-reach can harden into a new narrative about Obama, especially when continued evidence of his divine wisdom is likely to be in short supply.

What really sucks is that even despite this, we’re still going to see our economy buried under a lethal avalanche of pork-barrel spending. Democrats like to claim everything is about “the children.” Gregg’s children and grandchildren will at least know he stood up and said “no” while they were being sold into slavery.

Doctor Zero on February 12, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Greggs withdrawal deepens the rift between Repubs and Dems which to me is a good thing.

docdave on February 12, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Deep fault lines are required.

Fox is reporting how either the bill or an executive order is limiting stimulus bill funds to union contracting outfits.

BuckeyeSam on February 12, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Good for Gregg. After ACORN does the census we will need every conservative vote we can get.

evensteven on February 12, 2009 at 5:00 PM

when he wants to, he can get the American people behind him.

DeathToMediaHacks on February 12, 2009 at 4:58 PM

They are indeed getting behind him, though you may not have noticed the pitchforks they are carrying.

Vashta.Nerada on February 12, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Drudge’s headlines in big bold red: OBAMA BURNED: GREGG WITHDRAWS AFTER POLICIES TOO MUCH TO STOMACH

Heh.

petefrt on February 12, 2009 at 5:00 PM

F’n excellent.

mr.blacksheep on February 12, 2009 at 5:01 PM

can’t a brother get a decent comm sec nominee?

DrW on February 12, 2009 at 5:01 PM

New nominees: Snow, Collins or Specter?

AUINSC on February 12, 2009 at 5:01 PM

“Bonus: He hurts Barry by naming the attempted fraud in the census, as well as putting another dent in the porkulus.

Minus: Had he taken the job, he would have stood out as one of the few members of the admin that wasn’t a tax cheat or unnamed co-conspriator – and was a republican.

Vashta.Nerada on February 12, 2009 at 4:28 PM”

Well Charlie on ABC did just acknowledge that someone was stepping down and it wasn’t a tax problem. That was unexpected.

Dubn8tr on February 12, 2009 at 5:02 PM

I’ll give it up to your side, it’s a blow in terms of the growing perception that Obama has not thought all of his appointments through. I wonder if he just thought Gregg is from N.H., therefore he will be a moderate. Did he know much about the guy’s record?
DeathToMediaHacks on February 12, 2009 at 4:58 PM

I notice you failed to comment on Obama’s unconstitutional attempt to subvert the census to Emanuel’s tender mercy and how that also played a part in Gregg’s decision. Care to comment?

a capella on February 12, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Hey Arlen…better put some ice on that sweet heart!

sabbott on February 12, 2009 at 5:03 PM

MSNBC is reporting that the White House press office was totally caught by surprise.

Wethal on February 12, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Does that mean that Chrissy lost that tingle and now feels the warm river of piss running down his leg?

Knucklehead on February 12, 2009 at 5:03 PM

I hope he refusees unanimous consent to waive reading of the stimulus bill, and says, “I need time to read this over…”

Wethal on February 12, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Well Charlie on ABC did just acknowledge that someone was stepping down and it wasn’t a tax problem. That was unexpected.

Dubn8tr on February 12, 2009 at 5:02 PM

That Charlie – I love deadpan humor.

Vashta.Nerada on February 12, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Good for him. Excellent move.

cryptojunkie on February 12, 2009 at 5:04 PM

The Boss in on Glenn Beck.

BuckeyeSam on February 12, 2009 at 5:05 PM

The media will be sending a horde of reporters to go over Gregg’s tax returns, love life, and traffic tickets.

faraway on February 12, 2009 at 5:05 PM

I can understand how Gregg was blinded by Obama. Obama says one thing and does another. He cannot be trusted. Good for Gregg.

bopbottle on February 12, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Sadly true, although these things sometimes have a way of bubbling up through the public consciousness even when the media tries to ignore them.

Well, from your lips to God’s ears. If this were anyone else than Obastard, let us say an ordinary white pasty male Dummycrat as President, I think by now even some of the MSM would be saying “Did this guy just fall off the turnip truck?” But since it’s Lord Unicorn O’Lincolnbeard in the Oval Office, they can’t bring themselves to admit the obvious. Even when noted douchenozzle B. Maher recently made a tepid, juvenile joke about Obastard’s stimulus package being big “for a black man,” the audience had to check its initial laughter… We can’t be mocking the Deity, after all. Blasphemy.

George Orwell on February 12, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Beck – “Road to Socialism”

faraway on February 12, 2009 at 5:06 PM

This is the best news that I have read all day. Thank you, Sen. Gregg, for standing on principle and for naming your specific reasons for withdrawing from the Commerce nomination.

onlineanalyst on February 12, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Go Michelle.

faraway on February 12, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Time for Arlen to get his wining and dining shoes ready, young lady.

Abby Adams on February 12, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Well there’s always Susan Collins. She’s proven that she has a price.

jeanie on February 12, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Are you calling her a partisan whore? I sure am.

highhopes on February 12, 2009 at 5:07 PM

Death By A Thousand Cuts

Christien on February 12, 2009 at 5:08 PM

MSNBC is reporting that the White House press office was totally caught by surprise.

what!? they need to step away from facebook and myspace for 5 minutes to deal with this?

gatorboy on February 12, 2009 at 5:08 PM

when he wants to, he can get the American people behind him.

DeathToMediaHacks on February 12, 2009 at 4:58 PM

With a large economy size jar of Vaseline. Time to buy some stock in that company.

Knucklehead on February 12, 2009 at 5:08 PM

AWESOME NEWS. Now the turncoats should reject the runaway pork-fest. Am I dreaming or has the repub party started to grow a pair?

David in ATL on February 12, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Frankly, I think Gregg is a disgrace. When asked to serve in a cabinet position, he serves the president and the people of the United States, not the Republican Party. I would say the same about a Democrat asked to serve in a Republican cabinet. Shame on Senator Gregg and anyone who supports his putting his personal ideology before country. That thinking is not what built this great nation.

Halli Casser-Jayne
http://www.thecjpoliticalreport.com

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:09 PM

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:09 PM

No soup for you! Next!

genso on February 12, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Maybe Obama should scour the Chicago neighborhoods to find a drug dealer or pimp to nominate for Commerce. Such a candidate would have no record of tax evasion, and they would know how to get more bang for the buck in trade agreements.

onlineanalyst on February 12, 2009 at 5:10 PM

The withdrawal appeared to take the White House by surprise

I am too jaded to actually believe this but I love what Gregg did.

sherry on February 12, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Update III: One of the commenters makes a good point. Democratic governor John Lynch had to agree to appoint a Republican to the seat and take some political heat for it — and now it’s all for nothing. I’m sure he’s happy with Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama today, too.

Wasn’t Lynch also planning on running for that seat in 2010? Wonder if he’ll have a primary fight. Heh again.

Wethal on February 12, 2009 at 5:11 PM

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Yawn

Knucklehead on February 12, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Nice piece by Larry Kudlow at the Corner on NRO:

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MGY0MDkwMTYzNWQ0OTZjOGI3YzY3MTQ3NWIwN2I1Mjk=

Gregg is just another hokey attempt by Obama to try to co-opt the GOP. I’m delighted he flipped Obama.

Anyone else feel like Dorfman at the end of Animal House? “This is soooo great!”

BuckeyeSam on February 12, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Judd’s not patriotic enough to serve in this administration /sarc

gatorboy on February 12, 2009 at 5:12 PM

The withdrawal appeared to take the White House by surprise, with members of the president’s media operation learning of Gregg’s decision from reporters.

The idea that nobody in the oval office has a clue sure makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, what with thousands of jihadists gunning for us.

Vashta.Nerada on February 12, 2009 at 5:12 PM

That rotten Gibbs is ripping Gregg now. Blaming Gregg for not drinking the Kool-Aid. This is outrageous. He claims Gregg asked Obama for the job.

Whatever Gregg consumed to make him come around to his senses could be captured and reproduced into a serum. Let inoculations begin!!

portlandon on February 12, 2009 at 5:12 PM

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:09 PM

wow.. i’m shocked that you’d want to post a contrarian opinion /sarc

gatorboy on February 12, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Halli Casser-Jayne

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009

Would you mind making your blogs font larger? They might not be able to see it from space.

Chuck Schick on February 12, 2009 at 5:13 PM

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Even though Obama removed the census from his authority and gave it to Rahm for political use? I’d call that probable cause.

a capella on February 12, 2009 at 5:13 PM

The idea that nobody in the oval office has a clue sure makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, what with thousands of jihadists gunning for us.

Vashta.Nerada on February 12, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Shhhhhh….those sleeper cells are Obama’s well armed civilian militia.

genso on February 12, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Halli Casser-Jayne
http://www.thecjpoliticalreport.com

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Shame on you. Obama’s census move was unfathomable.

BuckeyeSam on February 12, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Would you mind making your blogs font larger? They might not be able to see it from space.

Chuck Schick on February 12, 2009 at 5:13 PM

hey, leave him alone.. it was his high school project to make a website with a nifty intro-page to boot

gatorboy on February 12, 2009 at 5:14 PM

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:09 PM

You are wrong, sister. Gregg just put the country first, by not serving a Socialist and not helping implement his socialist agenda.

runner on February 12, 2009 at 5:14 PM

They heard about it from reporters? Wow again. Gregg apparently got so incensed that he didn’t bother to apprise them, or the people he did tell didn’t get the word to the media-relations folks. What a breakdown, and an embarrassment as well.

I think he saw just how corrupt the administration really is, and how much of a token Republican he would be. With Obama and Rahmbo stripping Commerce of the census, what was really in it for Gregg? Answer: Nada. He would pretty much be powerless because Obama has insulated himself with advisors and “czars” that are doing what a lot of the Secretarys in the Cabinet should be doing.

If it were me, I wouldn’t want to be tainted by my experience in this administration.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 12, 2009 at 5:14 PM

The Barakster is looking like Jimmy Carter II.

petefrt on February 12, 2009 at 5:14 PM

EVERYONE in this present administration puts political gain before the best interests of the country. Very probably that’s what Gregg couldn’t live with.

jeanie on February 12, 2009 at 5:15 PM

They heard about it from reporters? Wow again. Gregg apparently got so incensed that he didn’t bother to apprise them, or the people he did tell didn’t get the word to the media-relations folks. What a breakdown, and an embarrassment as well.

I bet they were treating Gregg the same way they were treating Zinni — not returning phone calls and dismissing his inquiries.

Topsecretk9 on February 12, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Shame on Senator Gregg and anyone who supports his putting his personal ideology before country. That thinking is not what built this great nation.

Halli Casser-Jayne

You mean personal ideology like co-opting the census?

Vashta.Nerada on February 12, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Rahm brought a steak knife to a gunfight.

Christien on February 12, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Frankly, I think “President” Obastard is a disgrace. When asked to serve in a Presidential position, he serves the people of the United States, not the Democratic Party and not Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid. I would say the same about a Republican elected to serve in a nation deeply divided. Shame on Barry Hussein Obastard and anyone who supports his putting his personal ideology before country. That thinking is not what built this great nation.

George Orwell on February 12, 2009 at 5:16 PM

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