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According to a breaking news alert from MSNBC, Judd Gregg has withdrawn from his nomination as Commerce Secretary.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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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.

While my initial reaction was “Good for Gregg!” this really isn’t the classy way of going out once you’ve made the deal with the devil (or filthy liar in this case) and agreed to be Secretary of Commerce. He should have given the White House notice at the same time he announced his withdrawal at a minimum. The filthy liar’s minions should NOT have first heard about this from reporters.

Exit comment: Is the timing of this done to distract from the fact that nobody knows the details of the Porkulus bill?

highhopes on February 12, 2009 at 5:16 PM

His withdrawal and his statement are great. The fact that the WH learned about this from reporters is the feel-good story of the day!

califcon on February 12, 2009 at 5:16 PM

I like this story.

Greenhelmet on February 12, 2009 at 5:16 PM

portlandon on February 12, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Gibbs is totally out of his league. He can do Obama a lot more harm in a hurry if he whacks on Gregg.

a capella on February 12, 2009 at 5:16 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

Frankly, you’re a sucker then. If someone hires me to do a job, then yanks a core element of my job from me, I walk. Don’t try to claim some high moral ground for Obama here.

Further, it seems to me the President serves the American people, NOT the Democrat party, yet his every action sure looks to be for the betterment of unions and political cronies. Shame on your instead.

Patrick S on February 12, 2009 at 5:16 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.
The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:09 PM

What greater service to the nation than to object to Obama’s Porkulus & his plans to redistrict by controlling the census?
Isn’t this the “Love of Country” that the Libtards praised when officials disagreed from GWB?

Me thinks your hypocrisy smells.

portlandon on February 12, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Muy excellente! Now we get his vote back in the Senate!

ElRonaldo on February 12, 2009 at 5:17 PM

whats the point in telling them, Obama’s Executive Order made the Commerce job basically a figure head with no power.

jp on February 12, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Temporary insanity? Sinking ship? Plausible deniability?

Speakup on February 12, 2009 at 5:18 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

You mean shame on Obama for trying to hijack the census and use it to gain democratic rule fo his party? You are right-party hacks like Obama and Rahm really dont serve the people of United States.

canditaylor68 on February 12, 2009 at 5:18 PM

The only thing that would’ve been better had Judd wrote his resignation it on his marker board outside his office door.

Notorious GOP on February 12, 2009 at 5:18 PM

According to Politico, Gregg is giving a presser in 10 minutes.

califcon on February 12, 2009 at 5:18 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

Good grief….did it ever cross your mind that he believes the elements within the pork-fest Stimulus bill may ruin the Country and he had to resign instead of being BO’s beyotch?

David in ATL on February 12, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Mr. Leg Tingler: You are boring me to death with this census talk.

faraway on February 12, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Excellent! Glad to see he came to his senses.

therightwinger on February 12, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Without Kennedy And With Gregg, The Stimulus Is At 60 Votes

I’ll be taping a Red Meat in a few moments with Mark, but we just realized that while passage of the stimulus is still all-but-certain, Gregg’s return to the Senate — and his likely “no” vote makes the vote on final passage a bit more interesting.

It passed last time with 61 votes. But this time, Kennedy will not be there.

Reid is also concerned because the three GOP moderates who support the bill – Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania – suggested they did not want provide the decisive 60th vote for passage. That would likely happen without Kennedy voting.

So far, there’s no indication Reid has won any more GOP votes for the measure. But an aide to one of the GOP moderates, who asked not to be identified, doubted any of the moderates would drop off.

“I can not imagine any of them would back away after all the painstaking negotiations,” the aide said.

Guess what, Sens. Snowe, Specter, and Collins? You are providing the decisive votes

(NRO)

Apparently Kennedy is too ill to attend?

Wethal on February 12, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Great, now I’m reading about the White House whining about his withdrawl and one aid saying they were “blind sided.” It won’t end with these typical self victimizing liberals anytime soon.

This is the Beta-Presidency if there ever was one.

Mr Gus on February 12, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Highopes: I was, but was not using the partisan adjective. Still, it’s a nice touch.

jeanie on February 12, 2009 at 5:20 PM

99 Notice how the stock market, down 160 points all day, significantly closed the deficit to close down 6 points after Gregg’s announcement. The DOW is scared to death of the spendulus.

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Topsecretk9 on February 12, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Does this trump Gert Wilders telling the Brits they are “more Chamberline than Churchill”?

tough call

jp on February 12, 2009 at 5:20 PM

This is the Beta-Presidency if there ever was one.

Mr Gus on February 12, 2009 at 5:20 PM

haha

President Obama (beta)

faraway on February 12, 2009 at 5:20 PM

It’s quite clear how this will be spun by the wingnutroots. They’ll say that he withdrew because he has skeletons in his closet that he didn’t want revealed, and that he was being a ‘typical partisan republican’ who wanted to throw obama under the bus.

bilups on February 12, 2009 at 5:21 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

We have a Commerce Secretary.

WashJeff on February 12, 2009 at 5:21 PM

GREGG / JINDAL 2012

SDarchitect on February 12, 2009 at 5:21 PM

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

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

Time I wish I hadn’t wasted. It’s a lousy blog. She (he?) has a book coming about her, Obama, and her pajamas…or something like that.

Don’t waste your clicks. I’m still regretting it.

BuckeyeSam on February 12, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Send in the Clowns . . . .

Don’t bother, they’re here.

AZCoyote on February 12, 2009 at 5:22 PM

presser getting underway… get the popcorn out

gatorboy on February 12, 2009 at 5:23 PM

He should have given the White House notice at the same time he announced his withdrawal

really. like the census notice given to Gregg ? this administration is reaping what it is sawing

runner on February 12, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Gregg on Fox

Knucklehead on February 12, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Gregg’s statement is gracious and collegial. I assume he didn’t appreciate the administration’s games after he was nominated and certainly don’t blame him for giving no notice. After all, a nominee does NOT serve at the pleasure of the president until the nominee is confirmed and begins service.

Christien on February 12, 2009 at 5:23 PM

gregg.. “i’ve been my own person for 30 years… made my own decisions… i’m a fixcal conservative… it just became clear to me that it would be very difficult day in and day out to serve in this cabinet and not be 100% part of the team…”

sweetness

gatorboy on February 12, 2009 at 5:24 PM

He’s wimping out.

faraway on February 12, 2009 at 5:24 PM

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

If that’s the limit of your level of thinking, your little blog isn’t worth reading.

snickelfritz on February 12, 2009 at 5:24 PM

It is worth noting that while Obama has had the WORST transtition in American History, the ONLY cabinet nominee to withdraw from his nomination for a reason other than corruption, tax evasion or other criminal activity has been a Republican.

Norwegian on February 12, 2009 at 4:43 PM

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

INC on February 12, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Great, now I’m reading about the White House whining about his withdrawl and one aid saying they were “blind sided.” It won’t end with these typical self victimizing liberals anytime soon.

This is the Beta-Presidency if there ever was one.

Mr Gus on February 12, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Wait until Obama and his fellow dipshits try to bargain with a tough bastard like Ahmenidjad about his wanting to incinerate millions of his neighbors.

TexasJew on February 12, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Are you all so mired in your ideology that you’ve forgotten about country? Is Gregg such a boy-toy of the Republican mindset that he wasn’t man enough to stay in the cabinet and fight for his opinions? The guy’s a self-serving, Republican-serving wimp. Not even the Republican Party should want him on their team. Imagine if he’d stayed in the cabinet and stood up like a man for what he believed, even if he didn’t get his way. Instead, he prematurely withdrew from the cabinet, boy that he is, and is now whine, whine, whining to the press. Gimme a break!

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:25 PM

“it just became clear to me that it would be very difficult day in and day out to serve in this cabinet and not be 100% part of the team…”

That, and wearing the big shoes, makeup, and riding 20 to a car to the middle of three rings would get old quick.

Vashta.Nerada on February 12, 2009 at 5:25 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

Obama is the disgrace. When he announced the Richardson appointment he specifically mentioned him working on the census. It was not going to be supervised by the White House. Richardson withdraws – enter nominee #2 – you have two ethnic groups crying RAACCIIISST and then the play to move the census under White House supervision. Richardson is good enough to manage the census but Gregg was not? Because he was white? Because he was Republican?

This wasn’t even close to being played well by the Obama administration.

Rockygold on February 12, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Bipartisan this!

TexasJew on February 12, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Guess what, Sens. Snowe, Specter, and Collins? You are providing the decisive votes

(NRO)

Apparently Kennedy is too ill to attend?

Wethal on February 12, 2009 at 5:19 PM

I don’t know. But at least now one of the terrible trio is going to have to own that 60th vote if they have cast it.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Are you all so mired in your ideology that you’ve forgotten about country?

Like the left forgot about the country when we were fighting in Iraq?

Rogue on February 12, 2009 at 5:26 PM

The census ploy was ridiculous…

ninjapirate on February 12, 2009 at 5:26 PM

That, and wearing the big shoes, makeup, and riding 20 to a car to the middle of three rings would get old quick.

Vashta.Nerada on February 12, 2009 at 5:25 PM

I love that image! Needed the laugh, thank you!

sherry on February 12, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Are you all so mired in your ideology that you’ve forgotten about country? Is Gregg such a boy-toy of the Republican mindset that he wasn’t man enough to stay in the cabinet and fight for his opinions? The guy’s a self-serving, Republican-serving wimp. Not even the Republican Party should want him on their team. Imagine if he’d stayed in the cabinet and stood up like a man for what he believed, even if he didn’t get his way. Instead, he prematurely withdrew from the cabinet, boy that he is, and is now whine, whine, whining to the press. Gimme a break!

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:25 PM

But now you guys can put in another tax cheat or someone with zero experience with the job they are appointed to.

Win/win!

Chuck Schick on February 12, 2009 at 5:27 PM

This is a great story. Gregg is a great example to guys like Specter.

Mr. Joe on February 12, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Great, now I’m reading about the White House whining about his withdrawl and one aid saying they were “blind sided.” It won’t end with these typical self victimizing liberals anytime soon.

Mr Gus on February 12, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Wait until al Qaeda blindsides you wusses. You’ll feel as if you got screwed by My Pet Goat.

Wethal on February 12, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Halli,

What experience, specifically, do you have being a man?

Christien on February 12, 2009 at 5:27 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

Your thinking couldn’t build a popcorn fart.

TexasJew on February 12, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Are you all so mired in your ideology that you’ve forgotten about country?

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Tell that to Obama and Rahm and the Chicago way.

They could care less about the good of the country. Look at the executive orders Obama has signed. The stimulus bill is just a power grab.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 5:27 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

My take on this:

Chicago political mobsters finally get into the White House. They assume their viewpoint holds true everywhere and not just in a city on the Southwestern side of Lake Michigan. It does not.

They can’t understand the uproar from actions like putting the U.S. census (a Constitutionally mandated activity which results in Congressional redistricting) under the control of an individual that wasn’t even confirmed by the Senate because his position is chief political strategist on the personal staff of the POUTUS.

highhopes on February 12, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Gimme a break!

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Do you even have a clue? They were going to pull the census away and turn it into a joke, and not only defraud the American people, they were going to say he allowed it.

Vashta.Nerada on February 12, 2009 at 5:28 PM

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Please go back to your lame and boring blog. Or are you here in your pajamas trying to collect donations to keep said boring blog on the net?

Where’s that troll spray?

Knucklehead on February 12, 2009 at 5:28 PM

They’re “blindsided” that the victim of another Obama screwjob isn’t just going to take it. Ha-ha.

Jim Treacher on February 12, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Man. This is my feel good story of the day.

Hey Obama…how’s the smoothest, most professional, “Lincoln-esque” transition working for you?

Sarjex on February 12, 2009 at 5:28 PM

I’m sure Gregg was blindsided by the census takeover…

ninjapirate on February 12, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Gregg seems pretty emotional in his statement, scared almost.

Y-not on February 12, 2009 at 5:29 PM

“The fault lies with me,” Gregg

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:29 PM

I just sent this message to Senator Gregg through his website:

Dear Senator Gregg,

Thank you for the leadership and integrity you displayed today in withdrawing from the cabinent post at Commerce. I’m sure it was difficult to say no to such a position, even though you and the President have policy differences. Many would have glossed over those differrences and taken the post anyway.

By standing firm for principle, even when it undoubtedly hurt you personally, you have raised the standard for your colleagues and given all of us a reason to hope that there are yet men of integrity serving in the United States Senate.

Sincerely,
T.Ferg

t.ferg on February 12, 2009 at 5:29 PM

And so the string of Obama nominee embarrassments continue. Can anyone say amateur hour anyone? Gregg isn’t seeking another term after 2010, probably a wise decision, and I expect this story to have legs at least through tomorrow. Obama’s administration: Hope. Change. Shocking Incompetence.

nswider on February 12, 2009 at 5:30 PM

“The fault lies with me,” Gregg

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Indeed it does, he believed Hussein actually cares for America as a capitalist nation.

Rogue on February 12, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Gregg seems pretty emotional in his statement, scared almost.

Y-not on February 12, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Well, consider how they deal with turncoats in Chicago. Rezko and Blago may want to go into witness protection (not that Blago could ever hide out convincingly).

Wethal on February 12, 2009 at 5:30 PM

And on another high note…..Blago has been singing like a bird around town the past few days. He has moved from the national stage and is working the Chicago media market. He keeps skirting the Obama/Rahm issues but is talking about legislators having affairs, cheating on taxes, and terminating employees illegally. He just needs to go a little further…………

sherry on February 12, 2009 at 5:30 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. 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.

Sofa.

King.

AWESOME!!!!!!

thirteen28 on February 12, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Gregg must have been incensed to do this without giving the WH a heads up.

I’d guess there might have been a meeting that was just the last straw.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 5:30 PM

+1, Senator Gregg!

Christien on February 12, 2009 at 5:31 PM

…boy that he is, and is now whine, whine, whining to the press. Gimme a break!

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Uh, nice whining there, honey.

Patrick S on February 12, 2009 at 5:31 PM

“It came pretty quickly”

Yeah, because Obama’s first choice had to withdraw.

Whose fault is it again?

Y-not on February 12, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Instead, he prematurely withdrew from the cabinet, boy that he is, and is now whine, whine, whining to the press. Gimme a break!

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Tell your boy to quit whining himself. He has the votes to pass his POS bill. Pass it. Sign it. Own it. Okay. Why the needless dog and pony shows?

Obama doesn’t have the guts even to hide behind the skirts of Reid and Pelosi. Obama’s been trying to hide behind the trousers of Republicans. He’s a coward.

BuckeyeSam on February 12, 2009 at 5:31 PM

“The fault lies with me,” Gregg

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:29 PM

He’s being gracious. Who would want to be on this sinking ship?

Chuck Schick on February 12, 2009 at 5:32 PM

“The fault lies with me,” Gregg

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:29 PM

thanks for pointing out how gracious Gregg is. good job !

runner on February 12, 2009 at 5:33 PM

“The fault lies with me,” Gregg

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Gregg learned. We should all take note.

BuckeyeSam on February 12, 2009 at 5:33 PM

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:25 PM

LOL… so… Bambi wanted him in that position to give political cover to his socialist takeover of the economy…

Gregg stands on PRINCIPAL, and decides to, instead of supporting policys he does not agree with, continue the job he was elected by his constituents to do…

and you think he is partisan for doing that?

Please… please continue your rants… they are truly amusing…

Romeo13 on February 12, 2009 at 5:34 PM

“The fault lies with me,” Gregg

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:29 PM

One of the great break-up lines of all time…”no, really, it’s not you..it’s me…”

AUINSC on February 12, 2009 at 5:34 PM

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Yeah. The only patriotic thing to do would have been to stay there and be both cover and an enabler for anything Barry wanted to that you had no power to stop.

Gregg isn’t the one whining. He’s the one who took a principled stand and walked away from a prestigious position over what was right and wrong, not whored himself out to become Obama’s enabler.

Your attempt at spin is woefully empty.

snickelfritz on February 12, 2009 at 5:34 PM

What experience, specifically, do you have being a man?

A wo-man wouldn’t have quit!

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:34 PM

I WAS RIGHT! Watching CNN and the democrat shill is proclaiming that it must be something fishy with the vetting process, because why would anyone want to say no the the Messiah? She also said that this makes Gregg look horrible and Obama the poor poor victim.

bilups on February 12, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Are you all so mired in your ideology that you’ve forgotten about country The CJ Political Report

On the contrary. I beg your pardon but all anyone thinks about in this blog is their country and Gregg just became a martyr. He sacrificed that office to expose the thugocracy that the Obama administration truly is.

canditaylor68 on February 12, 2009 at 5:35 PM

These corrupt thugs can’t help themselves.
This Census stuff is “a bridge too far”- that’s what corrupt Democrat state governments are for ( see CA reapportionment).
Arrogant and Stupid- covered up by the credibility-destroyed media.
Lovely situation.

jjshaka on February 12, 2009 at 5:35 PM

What experience, specifically, do you have being a man?

A wo-man wouldn’t have quit!

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:34 PM

*blows whistle*

PENALTY!! GENDER CARD, 10 YARDS, FIRST DOWN!

Rogue on February 12, 2009 at 5:36 PM

This Obama poster should be pulled from circulation immediately.

http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/group/RepublicansforObama/2007/09

econavenger on February 12, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Imagine if he’d stayed in the cabinet and stood up like a man for what he believed, even if he didn’t get his way. Instead, he prematurely withdrew from the cabinet, boy that he is, and is now whine, whine, whining to the press. Gimme a break!

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:25 PM

I think that’s what he just did.

Stood up to the very people who were trying to screw the American people over.

And, your anger in him doing so is proof positive that he’s pissed off the very people who were patting each other on the back over the fact that they were trying to pull a fast one on America.

America wins – you lose.

Conservative_SAHM on February 12, 2009 at 5:37 PM

Gregg must have been incensed to do this without giving the WH a heads up.

I’d guess there might have been a meeting that was just the last straw.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 5:30 PM

I doubt the WH found out through the press. I’m sure the WH just wants to make Gregg look bad now so they’re saying he didn’t tell them.

t.ferg on February 12, 2009 at 5:37 PM

He’s being gracious. Who would want to be on this sinking ship?

Chuck Schick on February 12, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Yup. A little too gracious for my taste, but I certainly understand why he would want to try to stay on Obama’s good side. The key thing is what he said at the start of his statement, not the spin later on. In explaining why he could not serve on the cabinet he cited that he is a fiscal conservative… so all the nice lip-service he paid to Obama is just that.

O/T Meg Whitman on Beck now. My next governor?

Y-not on February 12, 2009 at 5:37 PM

really. like the census notice given to Gregg ? this administration is reaping what it is sawing

runner on February 12, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Sawing? The only thing this adminstration is sawing is the limbs off the tree that has sustained this nation since its’ existence. There is no real growth in the massive spending bill about to be approved. Only debt for our great great grandchildren.

I think you mean sowing and if the filthy liar (aka Obama) didn’t bother mentioning the fact he wanted Gregg to take over Commerce without being in charge of the census then a simultaneous release would have been fine. The fact of the matter is that the filthy liar invited Gregg into their fold and he accepted. He should not have left it for the reporters to tell the filthy bastard his nomination was dead.

highhopes on February 12, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Clearly this administration is out of their league. They tried to play Gregg and it worked for a while but fortunately he caught on.

Now if only Specter, Snowe and Collins would realize they are the ones being played for fools.

GrayDog on February 12, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Didn’t Gregg pose for the Vanity Fair article with Tom Daschle and the rest of the crew?

Wethal on February 12, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Kudlow: Three Hats Off to Judd Gregg

Three hats off to Judd Gregg for withdrawing his nomination for commerce secretary. And I mean three hats. I’ve never seen anything like this.

I say this not in a partisan-political sense, but in terms of Sen. Gregg’s extraordinary character and integrity. He would not compromise his beliefs…

Judd Gregg has more backbone than anyone in politics today. He did his best to cross over and help Pres. Obama. But as Gregg and I discussed in a recent CNBC interview, the senator has a long and outstanding record as a tax-cutter, budget-cutter, deficit-cutter, and debt-cutter. All of these principles have been badly violated in the so-called stimulus package. And of course the White House move to steal the Census Bureau during a crucial political-reapportionment period was a low blow.

But how many major public figures would have simply drawn a line in the sand and said, No, I simply cannot cross that line? That’s what Gregg just did.

With so many weak-kneed leaders in business and politics today, Gregg has just provided an incredibly strong leadership example. If you can’t wake up in the morning and look at yourself in the mirror in good conscience, then you’re doing something wrong. There’s a right way and a wrong way in life. Gregg chose the right way.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Media to turn this on Gregg in 3..2..1..

Let’s see. They start the rumors that:

1. He’s having an affair,
2. He paid his taxes,
3. Took Bribes,
4. He beats his wife,
5. He is a pedophile.

Did I leave anything out? Which do you think the media will tar him with?

portlandon on February 12, 2009 at 5:39 PM

OK, is there any doubt whatsoever that Obama’s transition and cabinet appointment process has been the most INCOMPENTENT in American History?!

Rahm Emmanuel must take some blame (he has been truly pathetic) but in the end, it’s mostly Obama’s fault.

The man has never run or managed ANYTHING in his entire life. It shows.

Norwegian on February 12, 2009 at 5:40 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.

Gregg was obviously never trusted with Obama’s Black Berry #.

MayBee on February 12, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Didn’t Gregg pose for the Vanity Fair article with Tom Daschle and the rest of the crew?

Wethal on February 12, 2009 at 5:38 PM

No. Daschle did!

INC on February 12, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Oops, no, Gregg wasn’t in the Vanity Fair article. Pity.

Wethal on February 12, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Did I leave anything out? Which do you think the media will tar him with?

portlandon on February 12, 2009 at 5:39 PM

They can’t. Nothing will stick. It would be ludicrous.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 5:41 PM

highhopes on February 12, 2009 at 5:38 PM

thanks for the O William Webster

runner on February 12, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Media to turn this on Gregg in 3..2..1..

Let’s see. They start the rumors that:

1. He’s having an affair,
2. He paid his taxes,
3. Took Bribes,
4. He beats his wife,
5. He is a pedophile.

Did I leave anything out? Which do you think the media will tar him with?

portlandon on February 12, 2009 at 5:39 PM

6. He’s not a licensed plumber.

Conservative_SAHM on February 12, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Did I leave anything out? Which do you think the media will tar him with?

portlandon on February 12, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Well, one of his former staffers is under some sort of investigation according to MSN.

I think the media will blame Rush.

Y-not on February 12, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Gregg was obviously never trusted with Obama’s Black Berry #.

MayBee on February 12, 2009 at 5:40 PM

+100 LMAO!!!!

Knucklehead on February 12, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Does the stimulus package include counseling services for liberals? They are going to need mental help as this administration continues to implode. Think of all the jobs that would create!!

Rockygold on February 12, 2009 at 5:43 PM

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