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According to a breaking news alert from MSNBC, Judd Gregg has withdrawn from his nomination as Commerce Secretary.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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You have to understand…the average Obama has no clue what a census is…they think it was something Bush put in place to enact censorship…to prepare the way for the concentration camps…

AUINSC on February 12, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Hilarious!! Some of my lunch ended up on my computer screen!!

Callie C. on February 12, 2009 at 5:44 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.
portlandon on February 12, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Actually, those rumors are the reasons Obama’s vetting team recommended him in the first place.

Patrick S on February 12, 2009 at 5:44 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.

That’s what happens when you’re addicted to campaigning, Barry.

Also, turnabout is fair play.

Buy Danish on February 12, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Gregg said at the presser “of course I spoke with the President”

So, either he did speak with the Fraudulent One, who failed to share the news with anyone in the White House, or he is now providing some cover to spare Obama the embarrassment.

My money is on Obama throwing a tissy-fit and not getting the word out to his people before it broke in the media.

califcon on February 12, 2009 at 5:45 PM

What else is Ellsworth screwing up? Man, they can’t be this bush league.

spmat on February 12, 2009 at 5:45 PM

The Media claims the WhiteHouse was blind sided. How can you tell the difference from this day and any other day? The whole Obama team has been “shocked at every turn” since they got there. Gibbs looks like a deer in the headlights EVERY day. I’d swear by the first 3 weeks of the Obama administration that they were winging it. Where are the adults?

portlandon on February 12, 2009 at 5:46 PM

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.

General Zinni lifts his glass.

baldilocks on February 12, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Buy Danish on February 12, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Ah, yes. Somewhere Zinni is smiling. When Jones tried to smooth things over by saying there might be another position, say, Saudi Arabia, Zinni told him to shove it where the sun don’t shine. But in more colorful terms.

Wethal on February 12, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Clearly, Gregg mishandled his withdrawal.

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:49 PM

“The fault lies with me,” Gregg

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

.. for believing that worthless lying little prick!

TexasJew on February 12, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Our side needs to get Gregg front and center on the stimulus plan and the move to strip the census from commerce and turn it into a political tool of the White House.

moxie_neanderthal on February 12, 2009 at 5:49 PM

So, is it coincidence that the DOW skyrocketed 200 points in an hour beginning at about the time of the first wire reports?

DaveS on February 12, 2009 at 5:50 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

The New York Times strongly disagrees with your characterization of Obama (I know — who cares what the NYT thinks). One of the headlines on the front page today was that Obama scored a sweet victory by the Senate’s passage of the Porkulous Bill. There was nothing sweet or victorious about the Senate passing that bill. It’s full of crap that won’t stimulate anything and the Dems control the house and senate. It was a done deal from day one.

Callie C. on February 12, 2009 at 5:50 PM

“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.

Judd Gregg, I think I love you.

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.

Yep, I do, I really do.

CarolynM on February 12, 2009 at 5:50 PM

these Obama people are the ones who are gonna put this countries trust in Iran, but apparently a wily New Hampshire Senator caught them off guard. Typical.

rob verdi on February 12, 2009 at 5:51 PM

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:49 PM

You are awfully whiney in all your comments at the moment.

Gregg had political differences with Obama that could not be overcome. You’d have preferred he stayed in the position? When its primary duties are already being usurped?

How’s that working out for Hillary; in her incredibly shrinking SoS position?

lorien1973 on February 12, 2009 at 5:51 PM

Clearly, Gregg mishandled his withdrawal.

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:49 PM

He obviously didn’t get his copy of “Withdrawling from the corrupt Obama Administration for Dummies” which is quickly becoming a best seller at amazon.com & Borders Books.

portlandon on February 12, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Best. Transition. Evah.

Y-not on February 12, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Clearly, Gregg mishandled his withdrawal.

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:49 PM

And clearly you’re an idiot. Now where is Shipley, Drywall and the rest of trolls?

Knucklehead on February 12, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Score one for the good guys.

(AKA: AMERICA LOVERS)

Handel on February 12, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Did I leave anything out?

portlandon on February 12, 2009 at 5:39 PM

6. He owns two houses.

Glenn Jericho on February 12, 2009 at 5:53 PM

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

Norwegian on February 12, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Absolutely!

The filthy liar was handed a far more civil transition than GWB got from Bill Clinton. Yet somehow he has managed to make nearly every nominee a tax cheat, criminal (Bill Richardson), or otherwise unfit for the job they are applying for. This isn’t the GOP using the tactics inflicted on Bork or Thomas. This is ordinary scrutiny where a tax cheat becomes Secretary of the Treasury on the TurboTax defense. Hillary Clinton becomes SECSTATE despite the fact that she is walking example of conflict of interest when one considers where her hubby is getting his money these days.

I could go on but you and I know the score. Obama is just a filthy Chicago politician making it to the “bigs.” Those confirmed are ethically questionable. There is no sense of new tone or new way of doing business. America is screwed.

highhopes on February 12, 2009 at 5:54 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’re a disgrace. Standing by while the Census is politicized and a Democratic patronage bill posing as a stimulus package is passed – when you know better- would be a disgrace.

Basilsbest on February 12, 2009 at 5:54 PM

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.

highhopes on February 12, 2009 at 5:16 PM

The article says that members of the President’s media team didn’t know ahead of time, not that the White House didn’t know. They were probably holed up writing Odes to Porkulus.

Way to go, Gregg!!!

evergreen on February 12, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Sent a thank you email to Senator Gregg and a reminder to Sen. Specter about what he told Ms. Kelley on Fox. For what it’s worth.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Let’s face it, Obama overreached…with alligator arms.

What a screw up.

Now let’s have a second look at that stimulus bill.

BuckeyeSam on February 12, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Meh…I guess any sort of further embarassment for Oblahblah is good, but I have to question why Gregg even WANTED to be a part of the administratioin of the most liberal senator in the past congress…even ever? I’m not jumping for joy, but I am smirking.

SouthernGent on February 12, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Clearly, Gregg mishandled his withdrawal.

The CJ Political Report on February 12, 2009 at 5:49 PM

I thought Senator Gregg handed his letter of withdrawal to General Zinni. What’s wrong with that?

Loxodonta on February 12, 2009 at 5:56 PM

We need Gregg at this time especially since Collins, Snowe and Specter have switched parties.

Mr Gus on February 12, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Oh, and even if he hadn’t given the administration notice, it would be karmic justice for what was done to General Zinni and Mark Dybul.

evergreen on February 12, 2009 at 5:57 PM

The article says that members of the President’s media team didn’t know ahead of time, not that the White House didn’t know. They were probably holed up writing Odes to Porkulus.

Way to go, Gregg!!!

evergreen on February 12, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Clearly, Obama’s media team needs help.

Somebody get Julio up to DC. Stat!

BuckeyeSam on February 12, 2009 at 5:58 PM

I bet he told someone at the White House. It is not his fault they didn’t communicate with the media team by the time he went public.

Rockygold on February 12, 2009 at 5:58 PM

There is no sense of new tone or new way of doing business.

I disagree. Bush is extremely competent and ethical by comparison.

Basilsbest on February 12, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Did I leave anything out?

portlandon on February 12, 2009 at 5:39 PM

7. He’s gay.

ladyingray on February 12, 2009 at 5:59 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.

I got newfound respect for Gregg. That was awesome.

jencab on February 12, 2009 at 6:00 PM

The article says that members of the President’s media team didn’t know ahead of time, not that the White House didn’t know. They were probably holed up writing Odes to Porkulus.

Way to go, Gregg!!!

evergreen on February 12, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Good point.

Obama is clearly a one campaign at a time kinda President. He was so immersed in spending thousands flitting around the nation selling his delivery system for radical causes as economic stimulus that he missed concerns over his remaining nominees. After all, he got Geitner through despite the “TurboTax made me do it” defense.

highhopes on February 12, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Awesome news! Made my day!

“Your move, King Hussein…”

ornery_independent on February 12, 2009 at 6:01 PM

“The fault lies with me,” Gregg

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

Kind of like, “It’s not you, it’s me.” Something I’m sure you’ve heard before on a more personal level. Now, go away.

genso on February 12, 2009 at 6:01 PM

I expect Gregg to be lauded in the press like Jumpin’ Jim Jeffords was. Isn’t this the same deal. Ham-fisted new president overreaches and pisses off moderate who was ready to work with him.

Of course, Jeffords stood on a more important principle: not being invoted to the Vermont teacher of the year ceremony.

CNH_320 on February 12, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Clearly, Obama’s media team needs help.

BuckeyeSam on February 12, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Daily conference calls with Stephanopoulos and Begala aren’t enough?

Loxodonta on February 12, 2009 at 6:02 PM

I disagree. Bush is extremely competent and ethical by comparison.

Basilsbest on February 12, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Tomorrow’s White House press briefing with Gibbs should be a hoot.

Wethal on February 12, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Obama is, and always has been, a partisan hack. This is just a logical outcome for Gregg.

dugan on February 12, 2009 at 6:05 PM

Nice to see Barry get thrown under a bus for once.

wccawa on February 12, 2009 at 6:05 PM

Tomorrow’s White House press briefing with Gibbs should be a hoot.

Wethal on February 12, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Another all-nighter for the spin team. Those guys are getting a lot of overtime.

genso on February 12, 2009 at 6:06 PM

According to Fox, Gregg told the news to the White House a couple days ago and was not happy with the remarks Obarky was making about the Republicans over the crap sandwich.

Knucklehead on February 12, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Chris Cilliza on PBS: “Judd Gregg did not give serious enough consideration to what serving in the Obama administraion would mean.”

That’s the spin.

Judy Woodruff actually asked him if Obama wasn’t the one who reached out first to Gregg. Cilliza ducked that. Said Gibbs is now saying Gregg reached out to Obama.

Wethal on February 12, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Sent a thank you email to Senator Gregg and a reminder to Sen. Specter about what he told Ms. Kelley on Fox. For what it’s worth.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Nice. Snarlin’ Arlen needs that rubbed in his face about twice a day.

a capella on February 12, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Where are the adults?

portlandon on February 12, 2009 at 5:46 PM

They left the morning of January 20th.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Wait, Gregg reached out to Obama? You don’t thinnk . . . could he have . . . scripted this from the beginning to make the One look foolish? Nahh!

Gregg/Palin 2012

CNH_320 on February 12, 2009 at 6:09 PM

One more slap to the side of the face of the Screw America Party. Wonder how the Messiah will spin this?

DL13 on February 12, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Sorry Barry…hard as it is to believe, he’s just not that in to you…

ornery_independent on February 12, 2009 at 6:10 PM

According to Fox, Gregg told the news to the White House a couple days ago and was not happy with the remarks Obarky was making about the Republicans over the crap sandwich.

Knucklehead on February 12, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Perfect. Cause and effect! Dance your way through THAT minefield, Barry.

a capella on February 12, 2009 at 6:12 PM

According to Fox, Gregg told the news to the White House a couple days ago and was not happy with the remarks Obarky was making about the Republicans over the crap sandwich.

Knucklehead on February 12, 2009 at 6:07 PM
Perfect. Cause and effect! Dance your way through THAT minefield, Barry.

a capella on February 12, 2009 at 6:12 PM

But Obama won.

s/off

Wethal on February 12, 2009 at 6:13 PM

a capella on February 12, 2009 at 6:08 PM

This is such good news because it has been a TERRIBLE week of smarmy corrupt tyranny coming from the Senate that has been so disheartening.

From Schumer saying no one cares about pork, to Specter not even having read the bill–saying there should have been hearings–and still saying he’s going to vote for it. All those smug lies on television by so many.

I’ve called and emailed and been so frustrated that too many in Congress are thumbing their nose at our country.

Finally, Gregg draws a line in the sand and say, no, I’m not going there. It is such a relief to see integrity and choosing a principled stand when he could have sold out for prestige.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Sent a thank you email to Senator Gregg and a reminder to Sen. Specter about what he told Ms. Kelley on Fox. For what it’s worth.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Cindy, do you remember Specter’s words?

INC on February 12, 2009 at 6:17 PM

I’m pretty sure we all know what the spin will be regarding Gregg and it has already begun. The spin will be to make Gregg look bad and paint the Republican party with a broad brush. You can expect this to come from both the mainstream media as well as from the Nutroots in general. In fact they’re already hyper-ventilating at several well known Nutroot news and blogging sites.

Mr Gus on February 12, 2009 at 6:17 PM

I’m pretty sure we all know what the spin will be regarding Gregg and it has already begun. The spin will be to make Gregg look bad and paint the Republican party with a broad brush. You can expect this to come from both the mainstream media as well as from the Nutroots in general. In fact they’re already hyper-ventilating at several well known Nutroot news and blogging sites.

Mr Gus on February 12, 2009 at 6:17 PM

That’s the reason Gregg was so nice in his words a few minutes ago. Kind of makes it difficult for Obama to bash a man that has just praised him. That’s a seasoned move.

genso on February 12, 2009 at 6:20 PM

I’m pretty sure we all know what the spin will be regarding Gregg and it has already begun.

True…I already have a comment on my Facebook status (supporting Sen. Gregg) which states that he’s wishy-washy for applying and then withdrawing.

Snowed In on February 12, 2009 at 6:20 PM

If dissent is the highest form of patriotism, then Gregg has just reached Founding Father level.

Glenn Jericho on February 12, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Sorry Barry…hard as it is to believe, he’s just not that in to you…

ornery_independent on February 12, 2009 at 6:10 PM

lol.

mrsmwp on February 12, 2009 at 6:21 PM

“Life free or die” trumps the Chicago Way anytime, any place.

You think Gregg was happy with how the Republicans were treated over the so-called stimulus?

The Overreach is approaching the middle game.

EMD on February 12, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Thank you, Mr. Gregg. There is one sane man left in DC.

Yes, moxie, let’s get him out there talking against the stimulus and the census grab!

PattyJ on February 12, 2009 at 6:25 PM

*blows whistle*

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

Rogue on February 12, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Yeah, about that Chief Performance Officer nominee wo-man who withdrew…

Christien on February 12, 2009 at 6:25 PM

What is this that I am experiencing?

Hope?

KelliD on February 12, 2009 at 4:28 PM

LOL.

I’m going back and rereading the comments–lifting my spirits! They went so quickly I missed a number of them.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 6:28 PM

Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, trashed Gregg on CNBC in the last hour. Basically said he approached the admin. for the job. Obama never went after him. Said Gregg isn’t thinking properly if goes after a job in a Dem admin. but doesn’t like Dem policies. Said doesn’t make sense at all.

JiangxiDad on February 12, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Has there been any official word from the Obama administration yet?

misslizzi on February 12, 2009 at 6:30 PM

An administration official said Gregg dropped out without warning for a position that he had expressed interest in just a few weeks ago.

According to Fox, Gregg told the news to the White House a couple days ago and was not happy with the remarks Obarky was making about the Republicans over the crap sandwich.

Knucklehead on February 12, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Both are probably true. Obama’s staff simply forgot to tell him that Gregg changed his mind just as they forgot to tell General Zinni that O had offered the Iraq ambassadorship to someone else.

Which proves my aphorism: Losers cannot act like winners even when they win.

baldilocks on February 12, 2009 at 6:30 PM

What is this that I am experiencing?

Hope?

KelliD on February 12, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Change you can believe in!

Wethal on February 12, 2009 at 6:31 PM

Thank you, Senator Gregg. It’s a miracle to find any Republican with limits.

As a Northeasterner, is there any chance you can affect the witches of Eastwick – (R)?

Feedie on February 12, 2009 at 6:31 PM

There is so much narcissism running rampant in the WH, perhaps they thought Gregg was just bluffing and wouldn’t follow through.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Losers cannot act like winners even when they win.

baldilocks on February 12, 2009 at 6:30 PM

True. The only thing worse than a sore loser is a sore winner.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 6:33 PM

GOOD!!!!!

LegendHasIt on February 12, 2009 at 6:33 PM

I dunno if this will mean anything. If OBAMBI survived Blago and still had 85% approval during the transition, I doubt any of the Kool-Aid drinkers will care about Gregg.

PS: Is it just me or is anyone else bothered by Judd Gregg? Those two letters at the end of both first and last name…..what’s up with that?

angryed on February 12, 2009 at 6:34 PM

Ray Lahood is the reason we have Obama. He torpedoed Peter Fitzgerald’s re-election b/c he wasn’t sufficiently conservative, then he joins Obama. If Lahood’s on the same side of something as you, you ought to reconsider your opinion.

CNH_320 on February 12, 2009 at 6:35 PM

PS: Is it just me or is anyone else bothered by Judd Gregg? Those two letters at the end of both first and last name…..what’s up with that?

angryed on February 12, 2009 at 6:34 PM

I’ll try. Jud is too hicky and Greg is a first name.

genso on February 12, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Cindy, do you remember Specter’s words?

INC on February 12, 2009 at 6:17 PM

I believe she was referring to his admission to Kelly he didn’t know the national health care effectiveness testing language was in the bill and he wouldn’t vote for the bill unless that part was removed. It wasn’t.

a capella on February 12, 2009 at 6:40 PM

BWAHAHAHAHA! Dems, please tell me again how McCain didn’t vet Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber!

Jim62sch on February 12, 2009 at 6:40 PM

PS: Is it just me or is anyone else bothered by Judd Gregg? Those two letters at the end of both first and last name…..what’s up with that?

angryed on February 12, 2009 at 6:34 PM

Yeah, it bothers me too…I’m gonna write his office and tell him to knock it off :-)

AUINSC on February 12, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Here’s the spin from ABC. Gregg believed in the “old fashion” door to door census. The White House wants to do it electronically so the people who are undercounted in major urban areas will have a voice.

I kid you not. Sounds like a “McCain can’t use a computer” thing. Shameless.

marklmail on February 12, 2009 at 6:41 PM

I’m pretty sure we all know what the spin will be regarding Gregg and it has already begun. The spin will be to make Gregg look bad and paint the Republican party with a broad brush. You can expect this to come from both the mainstream media as well as from the Nutroots in general. In fact they’re already hyper-ventilating at several well known Nutroot news and blogging sites.

Mr Gus on February 12, 2009 at 6:17 PM

Of course. It wouldn’t do for Mr. Obama to be portrayed in a bad light! We can only hope that this shines an even brighter beam on the “stimulous’ (ha!) bill, but unfortunately I fear the media will try and portray it as Republican sour grapes.

anniekc on February 12, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Gregg,has seen the light,

and the first to,SCREAM,

OBAMA,YOUR POLICIES ARE NUTS,

AND,HOPEY,I’m getting off,and

by the way,ICEBERG DEAD AHEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on February 12, 2009 at 6:41 PM

angryed on February 12, 2009 at 6:34 PM

No, it doesn’t bother me. But then we lived in NH for about 8 years. I’m sure there’s some a linguistic reason for it.

I know the Welsh do love their consonants. Lloyd, Gwenneth, etc.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 6:41 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.

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.

Thank GOD, Gregg has a brain. They appointed Gregg as cover for their plans to take over the census (and manipulate the electoral college). THIS IS A PUTSCH! A COUP d’ETAT! GREGG MUST SPEAK ABOUT WHAT HE KNOWS!!!!!

anti-boomer on February 12, 2009 at 6:41 PM

So he wont lay down with the dogs after all.

TheSitRep on February 12, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Not that I know if Gregg is Welsh, because I don’t.

***********

a capella on February 12, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Thank you.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 6:42 PM

This is, what, week three? Man, it sure seems longer than that.

Skandia Recluse on February 12, 2009 at 6:42 PM

“The fault lies with me,” Gregg

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

Kind of like, “It’s not you, it’s me.” Something I’m sure you’ve heard before on a more personal level. Now, go away.

genso on February 12, 2009 at 6:01 PM

*snicker*

Now hold on, she prolly got all whipped up into a sweaty hand wringing frenzy by her PolySci professor to really go for the gold on her semester project….

‘I’ve totally, like created this really $hitty blog, and it’s like…all political and stuff. And I go to other blogs, and like totally link to it or something…and that’s hot’

BigWyo on February 12, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Too freaking awesome to check?

Weight of Glory on February 12, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Weight of Glory on February 12, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Looks like another stumble.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Charlie Gibson was indignant just now. It was a beautiful thing. I’m sad we recently had to opt for a cheaper cable package and I can’t watch Keith Olberdink’s head explode later.

loppyd on February 12, 2009 at 6:46 PM

I also get the feeling Jake Tapper isn’t impressed with the competence level.

D’oh!

INC on February 12, 2009 at 6:48 PM

This presidency has officially become a circus, a joke.

Even Jimmy Carter could do better job than Obama.

Norwegian on February 12, 2009 at 6:48 PM

INC:

I just read that. This day started out so crappy for me and now I am giddy!

loppyd on February 12, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Here’s the spin from ABC. Gregg believed in the “old fashion” door to door census. The White House wants to do it electronically so the people who are undercounted in major urban areas will have a voice.

I kid you not. Sounds like a “McCain can’t use a computer” thing. Shameless.

marklmail on February 12, 2009 at 6:41 PM

I think it was maybe a rerun of 2000, when Bubba wanted to use statistical sampling instead of door-to-door, because that way the “undercounted” minorities would be properly represented. SCOTUS said a census was a census.

Wethal on February 12, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Here’s the spin from ABC. Gregg believed in the “old fashion” door to door census. The White House wants to do it electronically so the people who are undercounted in major urban areas will have a voice.
marklmail on February 12, 2009 at 6:41 PM

I assume ABC didn’t bother to point out that “electronically” really means using a statistical model to estimate how many SHOULD be there? No way Rahm could diddle with that, is there?

a capella on February 12, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Obama calls Gregg “another GOP partisan,” in 5. . . 4. . . 3. . .

smellthecoffee on February 12, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Looks like another stumble.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 6:46 PM

That’s all he does.

Weight of Glory on February 12, 2009 at 6:50 PM

I wonder if this doesnt mean that the looming census grab may be much more pernicious and fraught with ACORN-y goodness than anyone knew about.

Darrel Issa is a controversial figure with as many enemies as friends, but he knows how to rattle cages. And he is more or less made of money. I wouldnt mind seeing him start a Save the Census campaign with some of his car alarm company millions, then get out of the way, as he quite correctly and honorably did during the 2003 recall of CA Gov Gray Davis. Issa bankrolled a big chunk of the effort to qualify the recall in the first place.

Then after seriously considering running for Gov, which likely would have ended up electing the amiable but corrupt and incompetent Cruz Bustamante, he decided to walk away, paving the way for Arnold (who of course has turned into an EPIC FAIL, but thats another post for another time)

Mike D. on February 12, 2009 at 6:51 PM

BigWyo on February 12, 2009 at 6:44 PM

That’s funny. Thanks for showing me up. I’ve got to work on my material.

genso on February 12, 2009 at 6:52 PM

They heard about it from reporters?

Holy crap…that is a nuclear kick in the nuts for HRH Buck Ofama and The Ballerina. Gregg astounds with balls the size of Toledo.

He must have felt (rightly) that they were dirty, and decided to hurt them. How rare to find someone in Washington actually offended by the Dirty Democrat Culture of Corruption.

Bravo.

Jaibones on February 12, 2009 at 6:54 PM

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