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According to a breaking news alert from MSNBC, Judd Gregg has withdrawn from his nomination as Commerce Secretary.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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genso on February 12, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Errrmm….I think it’s more like ‘adding to’…..

BigWyo on February 12, 2009 at 6:55 PM

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

There’s a book called Tipping Point. It’s been a while since I looked at it, but I wonder if this won’t be a tipping point.

Momentum and morale count for a lot in politics. Last week the House gave us a shot in the arm and then things mired down in the Senate. Now Gregg comes along and gives another boost to take away that feeling of betrayal by the Trio.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 6:56 PM

MEMO to RNC
————-

You must respond,ASAP and expedit!

This is a golden moment to make more Americans aware of
Obama’s Socialist Plans,Gregg has seen Hopey’s agenda,er
policies,—————————————————————-and it must of scared the living hell out of
him!

Now is not the time to roll over,this needs a vigorous
attack,NOW,

not TOMORROW,NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on February 12, 2009 at 6:57 PM

I do wonder if he could have done more by staying and outing the corruption and power grab that’s about to happen.

With that said, the Commerce Secretary position is starting to look like the Defense Against the Dark Arts position!

InCali on February 12, 2009 at 6:58 PM

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

It just doesn’t WORK that way. This is pure, unadulterated spin. Senators, particularly from the opposition party, don’t “approach the admin” for a position. No, no, no, this was Obama’s big deal, which Gregg duly considered, realized it was a dog, and declined. Rather graciously declined, but declined nevertheless. This is a huge embarrassment to Obama…and I’m tickled pink! or maybe red!

marybel on February 12, 2009 at 7:00 PM

BigWyo on February 12, 2009 at 6:55 PM

It was a sincere compliment. Very creative stuff. And so is this:

With that said, the Commerce Secretary position is starting to look like the Defense Against the Dark Arts position!

InCali on February 12, 2009 at 6:58 PM

genso on February 12, 2009 at 7:01 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, lying, leftist poseur.

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

It needed salt, BD.

Jaibones on February 12, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Just heard The One speaking to a radio station over at Politico. Apparently he still wants to continue this “bipartisan” selection process.

Was thinking about an alternate from the other side of the aisle and thought about Jack Kemp. I didn’t know he had cancer. Was discovered during a hip examination.

Mr Gus on February 12, 2009 at 7:04 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

We are seeing overreach that is going to surpass Clinton’s. Obama is not the type to call in someone like Morris for help, either.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 7:07 PM

With that said, the Commerce Secretary position is starting to look like the Defense Against the Dark Arts position!

InCali on February 12, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Great observation.

tehd on February 12, 2009 at 7:10 PM

genso on February 12, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Agreed…

And you know what?? It appears to have gone away.

Brilliant!!!!!

BigWyo on February 12, 2009 at 7:14 PM

BigWyo on February 12, 2009 at 7:14 PM

I wonder where the other resident trolls are? Perhaps they haven’t gotten the word yet on how to play this story.

genso on February 12, 2009 at 7:16 PM

More Tipping Point observations:

From Peter Wehner in The Corner.

My instinct is that the Judd Gregg withdrawal is fairly significant for Team Obama. The number of personnel mistakes have been lining up like cars that have hit a large patch of black ice and collided…

At some point, things like this can begin to cement a (negative) image in the public imagination. Discrete issues converge and form a single, harmful impression. Obama & Company were looking increasingly amateurish before today; this is now bordering on incompetence. It’s always hard to tell when things metastasize—but if we’re not there yet with Team Obama, we’re probably getting close. And based on Judd Gregg’s statement withdrawing his name from nomination, I suspect the Census issue is going to attract a good deal more attention than it has.

Less than a month ago, Barack Obama was seemingly sitting atop the world. We all knew reality would set in soon enough; what we didn’t know was how quickly the magic would fade, and give way to what we are now witnessing. It’s still early, of course, and presidents can recover from their initial missteps. But Obama and his team have dug themselves a fairly deep early hole.

The narrative ain’t what it once was.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 7:17 PM

In related entertainment news, Spinal Tap is looking for a new drummer.

Christien on February 12, 2009 at 7:17 PM

It’s still early, of course, and presidents can recover from their initial missteps. But Obama and his team have dug themselves a fairly deep early hole.

The narrative ain’t what it once was.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 7:17 PM

If he’s stumbling, we need to help him fall. If he’s fallen, we need to step on his neck.

genso on February 12, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Wehner also says this:

It’s hard to believe that Barack Obama, who ran a masterful and almost error-free campaign, has been president for all of three weeks and two days and has looked so ragged and undisciplined in his execution.

I’m surprised that he’s surprised.

As has been pointed out by many, Obama’s real experience and expertise has been grabbing power. It has not been in true leadership: in getting a consensus of opinions together or in guiding major legislation through. (I don’t know if he even had any minor bills get through the Senate).

INC on February 12, 2009 at 7:21 PM

You know what else is amusing? The thought that Nan and Dingy are apoplectic about now. This has to steel some moderate resolve against them.

genso on February 12, 2009 at 7:23 PM

As has been pointed out by many, Obama’s real experience and expertise has been grabbing power. It has not been in true leadership: in getting a consensus of opinions together or in guiding major legislation through. (I don’t know if he even had any minor bills get through the Senate).

INC on February 12, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Maybe we can talk him into running to the Grand Poo-Bah of the UN and leave us alone. That’s about all he has left.

genso on February 12, 2009 at 7:25 PM

running to for the Grand Poo-Bah

sorry…

genso on February 12, 2009 at 7:26 PM

From Peter Wehner in The Corner.

My instinct is that the Judd Gregg withdrawal is fairly significant for Team Obama. The number of personnel mistakes have been lining up like cars that have hit a large patch of black ice and collided…

At some point, things like this can begin to cement a (negative) image in the public imagination. Discrete issues converge and form a single, harmful impression. Obama & Company were looking increasingly amateurish before today; this is now bordering on incompetence. It’s always hard to tell when things metastasize—but if we’re not there yet with Team Obama, we’re probably getting close. And based on Judd Gregg’s statement withdrawing his name from nomination, I suspect the Census issue is going to attract a good deal more attention than it has.

Less than a month ago, Barack Obama was seemingly sitting atop the world. We all knew reality would set in soon enough; what we didn’t know was how quickly the magic would fade, and give way to what we are now witnessing. It’s still early, of course, and presidents can recover from their initial missteps. But Obama and his team have dug themselves a fairly deep early hole.

The narrative ain’t what it once was.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 7:17 PM

What about the last 2 years don’t you understand? People hated the stimulus, so Obama abandons his day job for an advertising tour and they love him for it AND they begin to like the stupid bill.

If they don’t care about tax cheats, why would they care about the “mean Republican who spit in Obama’s face?” THe media is even now spinning this as a republican effort to undermine The One (which it sorta is. look at the timing of his press conference – something he didn’t even need to have). The point is, quit waiting for that final shoe to drop. The only thing that can sober these people up from the kool-aid they drank is a horrible economy. Luckily, a blueprint for that will pass any day now.
And it will pass. As we type, our favorite trio is getting their heart’s desire from Reid and Obama to become real RINOs.

Trent1289 on February 12, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Well, the Commerce Secretary would have to be a gop fully supporting the economic terrorists.

Someone like the peanut CEO pleading the fifth for killing nine people.

Perhaps one of the two Ga. Senators

getalife on February 12, 2009 at 7:32 PM

In related entertainment news, Spinal Tap is looking for a new drummer.

Christien on February 12, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Good one!

And Murphy Brown needs a new secretary! Ha!

InCali on February 12, 2009 at 7:36 PM

I haven’t had this big a smile on my face in quite a while. AWESOME! And to top it off, the Caterpillar CEO exposed The One as the The Clueless One. OH, YEAH!!

churchill995 on February 12, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Wonder what the Three Stooges are thinking right now?

They are supporting this piece of garbage against all common sense, they claim not to even like it, and they all refuse to be the last vote. And here Gregg has turned down a job he really seemed to want (no idea why) because he thinks this pork is a disaster, and he’s doing it in the loudest, most public way possible.

In my world, he’s making the Three Stooges look even stupider than Obama. I love that.

Jaibones on February 12, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Awesome!

aikidoka on February 12, 2009 at 7:43 PM

genso on February 12, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Naw, they tend to jump all over things that don’t really have a concrete answer…like say…global warming,

And things that hinge on moral perspective….

The DeathHack dude did chime in once way back…even gave kudos to Gregg for the move…

BigWyo on February 12, 2009 at 7:44 PM

Trent1289 on February 12, 2009 at 7:31 PM

It’s going to be the death of a thousand cuts. Look at the new thread on the CAT CEO contradicting Obama.

It has to trickle down from blogs with a few in the media to water cooler talk to grocery line talk.

I don’t know what will happen tomorrow. Kennedy is back in Florida and Reid is down to 60 votes again. None of the Trio wanted to claim that toxic #60 vote last week. We’ll see.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 7:46 PM

In my world, he’s making the Three Stooges look even stupider than Obama. I love that.

Jaibones on February 12, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Let’s be positive and suggest that Gregg has set a moral precedent that allows at least one of these traitors (who must be shocked at the utter lack of support that they are getting) room to back out of being the token Republican in what is clearly a reward distribution system for 40 years of Democrat support.

highhopes on February 12, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Integrity…….FINALLY!!!!

DeathB4Tyranny on February 12, 2009 at 7:53 PM

Give it a couple of days and after the spin has spun, we will find out the truth.

He plans on retiring in 2010.

getalife on February 12, 2009 at 7:58 PM

Let’s be positive and suggest that Gregg has set a moral precedent that allows at least one of these traitors (who must be shocked at the utter lack of support that they are getting) room to back out of being the token Republican in what is clearly a reward distribution system for 40 years of Democrat support.

highhopes on February 12, 2009 at 7:49 PM

That’s what I’m hoping and praying for. Another thing to remember is that this WH and Reid momentum to stumble.

Integrity…….FINALLY!!!!

DeathB4Tyranny on February 12, 2009 at 7:53 PM

That’s exactly why this is so great.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 8:01 PM

I was interested to see this related to New Hampshire.

http://www.thoughtsaloud.com/2009/02/03/new-hampshire-shrugging/

Maybe this is the state to meet up and make plans.

antiquechick on February 12, 2009 at 8:02 PM

Give it a couple of days and after the spin has spun, we will find out the truth.

He plans on retiring in 2010.

getalife on February 12, 2009 at 7:58 PM

By truth, of course, you mean Obama’s spin on it. I see.

There you are BigWyo, proof they haven’t figured out how to spin this bad day at black rock yet. But hold on for a couple of days and they’ll come up with something.

genso on February 12, 2009 at 8:11 PM

genso on February 12, 2009 at 8:11 PM

No, it is in full spin mode.

Perhaps he didn’t pay his taxes.

getalife on February 12, 2009 at 8:20 PM

No, it is in full spin mode.

Perhaps he didn’t pay his taxes.

getalife on February 12, 2009 at 8:20 PM

Do you mean Obama cause we have yet to see much background on him for sure.

genso on February 12, 2009 at 8:22 PM

But hold on for a couple of days and they’ll come up with something.
genso on February 12, 2009 at 8:11 PM

MediaHick is busy crafting a 4,000 word response which will explain in detail how Gregg’s refusal to serve is actually a stunningly brilliant coup for Ogabe.

Bishop on February 12, 2009 at 8:23 PM

Perhaps he didn’t pay his taxes.
getalife on February 12, 2009 at 8:20 PM

Perhaps they found out Gregg had no tax problems and Ogabe figured he just wouldn’t fit in with the rest of the cabinet tax cheats.

Bishop on February 12, 2009 at 8:25 PM

MediaHick is busy crafting a 4,000 word response which will explain in detail how Gregg’s refusal to serve is actually a stunningly brilliant coup for Ogabe.

Bishop on February 12, 2009 at 8:23 PM

Yeah…poor Gregg. Obama talked the bastard into falling onto his sword for the One.

genso on February 12, 2009 at 8:25 PM

Anything that contributes to the loss of President Numbnuts momentum is refreshing. This war is one that has to be won.

Dr Bob on February 12, 2009 at 8:31 PM

Bishop on February 12, 2009 at 8:23 PM

Major HEH!!!!

genso on February 12, 2009 at 8:22 PM

You do realize yer arguing with full on retard there, don’t you?

He’s kinda like Shankar or Drywall…except he really can’t bring about any ‘I’d really like to choke yer dumb ass’ response…just generic LibSpaz blather…

Wait, let me rephrase that…Shankar and Drywall are nothing but fountains of LibTard talking points but this retard really won’t focus…

BigWyo on February 12, 2009 at 8:36 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.

Obama is truly embarrassed for trusting Gregg, who had agreed to be Commerce Secretary, backing out of that agreement without telling Obama.

Childish move by Gregg?
Nope, embarrassment by Obama for not reading Gregg’s mind.

Way to call em Ed.

e-pirate on February 12, 2009 at 8:41 PM

Wait, let me rephrase that…Shankar and Drywall are nothing but fountains of LibTard talking points but this retard really won’t focus…

BigWyo on February 12, 2009 at 8:36 PM

ha. But, you know, when the bass aren’t biting, its still fun to play around with the baby bream.

genso on February 12, 2009 at 8:43 PM

God bless you, Judd Gregg.

FINALLY, a stunning show of integrity.

JudetheFossil on February 12, 2009 at 8:46 PM

If Obama wants to name another “Republican” … please choose Arlen Spector. He’s useless as a Senator.

Beckham on February 12, 2009 at 8:50 PM

butt-pirate on February 12, 2009 at 8:41 PM

Yeah, gosh, what could Gregg possibly be thinking? Sure they lied to him and tried to dupe him into some craptastic deal to flip his seat to another Dem retard, but he should have been more gracious and just swallowed, like butt-pirate here.

/sarc

Up yours, twinkie.

Jaibones on February 12, 2009 at 8:55 PM

Let’s be positive and suggest that Gregg has set a moral precedent that allows at least one of these traitors … room to back out of being the token Republican …

highhopes on February 12, 2009 at 7:49 PM

I’m trying…I’m…trying…I…uuuggggghhhhhhhhhhhh…

[Editor's note: We have received word that Jaibones has expired after valiantly attempting to phrase a positive viewpoint on the debacle of the Three Stooges. He is survived by his beloved yellow lab, Jack, who is otherwise happily celebrating his 10th birthday today.]

Jaibones on February 12, 2009 at 9:00 PM

He definitely saw something in the inner circle of the White House………….

………… and said,

“I am so outta here!”

Seven Percent Solution on February 12, 2009 at 9:19 PM

From WaPo:

The decision has any number of wide-reaching political consequences.

First, it creates another opening in Obama’s Cabinet, which saw former South Dakota senator Tom Daschle (S.D.) step aside last week after questions were raised about his failure to pay taxes on a car and driver service. Obama has weathered several Cabinet controversies in recent weeks… [understatement alert]

Second, it slows the momentum that the Obama administration was hoping to build for its economic stimulus plan, which is expected to clear Congress tomorrow. Obama and his team had worked diligently to put the “vetting problems” stories regarding his Cabinet picks to bed but now will watch them dredged back up for the next 24 hours — at a minimum — and perhaps far longer.

The closer with a little spin:

This is a cataclysmic shock on what had been the quietest day so far in Washington since Obama took office, and highlights the perils of Obama’s efforts to put Republicans — including a relatively conservative one like Gregg — into high positions in his administration.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 9:22 PM

Gregg got out just in time:

SURPRISE! Dems Break Promise: Stimulus Bill to Floor Friday

Buy Danish on February 12, 2009 at 9:24 PM

This won’t be the last time we hear about Rahm Emanuel, the administration’s lilliputian psycho. He’s a munchkins with a bad attitude.

Hey, Rahm. We’re laughing with you, not at you.

jdflorida on February 12, 2009 at 9:24 PM

Sorry, forgot the link:

Gregg Withdraws as Commerce Nominee

I didn’t realize the timing of this:

The news broke as Obama was on the floor of a Caterpillar Inc. plant in East Peoria talking up his stimulus plan. White House aides traveling with him did not respond reporter’s inquiries, until Press Secretary Robert Gibbs issued a statement about an hour later.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 9:24 PM

e-pirate on February 12, 2009 at 8:41 PM

Next time, I suggest you try:

“The great story here for anybody willing to find it and write about it and explain it is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against Barack Obama since the day he announced for president.”

That might work better for you.

Loxodonta on February 12, 2009 at 9:28 PM

What a breakdown, and an embarrassment as well.

Self-inflicted beclowning.

Kid from Brooklyn on February 12, 2009 at 9:30 PM

Maybe he paid his taxes?

That was delicious, Ed.

Kralizec on February 12, 2009 at 9:33 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.

American military Generals did you hear this? You might want to keep this man’s example in mind in case you need it for future reference.

MB4 on February 12, 2009 at 9:37 PM

He definitely saw something in the inner circle of the White House………….

………… and said,

“I am so outta here!”

Seven Percent Solution on February 12, 2009 at 9:19 PM

Maybe it was Custer’s ghost?

MB4 on February 12, 2009 at 9:43 PM

Why would anyone want to be Sec. of Commerce under Broke Obama?

DrStock on February 12, 2009 at 9:47 PM

Awesomely awesome.

Because I am a bit of a geek on all this Census stuff, I am particularly thrilled that Gregg mentioned it. Now the media will have to atlk about it and Rahm is going to get his first ass kicking for trying to do something that even Karl Rove didn’t do.

rockmom on February 12, 2009 at 9:48 PM

Obama is truly embarrassed for trusting Gregg, who had agreed to be Commerce Secretary, backing out of that agreement without telling Obama.

Childish move by Gregg?
Nope, embarrassment by Obama for not reading Gregg’s mind.

Way to call em Ed.

Wrong E-Pirate, Gregg did NOT pull an Al Gore to Lieberman, he told them 2 days ago.

Topsecretk9 on February 12, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Maybe it was Custer’s ghost?

MB4 on February 12, 2009 at 9:43 PM

Or Lincoln’s………

………….. and he was pissed!

Seven Percent Solution on February 12, 2009 at 10:15 PM

Momentum and morale count for a lot in politics. Last week the House gave us a shot in the arm and then things mired down in the Senate. Now Gregg comes along and gives another boost to take away that feeling of betrayal by the Trio.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 6:56 PM

I had a similar reaction when I heard the news this evening. This may be the spark that ignites some unity against this rush to socialism. I am ‘hoping’ some Blue Dogs dig in their heels and fight aganst this stimulus. Too much to ask?

Red State State of Mind on February 12, 2009 at 10:27 PM

Too much to ask?

Red State State of Mind on February 12, 2009 at 10:27 PM

No, it’s not.

In fact, I have been praying quite a bit.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 10:30 PM

Here’s a thought to make all of us sleep well tonight:

Obamamiai and Rhammie get their ass handed to them by a senator from new hampshire. Wonder how it’s going to go when he has to deal with the big leagues.. The senator doesn’t have a billion man army and nukes like the red chinese, not to mention a large part of our trade.

He doesn’t have the Kgb Background, nukes or army of Putin.

Hell, the senator from NH, doesn’t even control as many nukes as the North Korean gargoyle..

And the senator handed jug ears his ass…

Gonna be hard for me to fall asleep tonight…

bullseye on February 12, 2009 at 10:59 PM

If this were a Republican administration, we’d have heard “total disarray” ad nauseam by now.

ddrintn on February 12, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Loxodonta on February 12, 2009 at 9:28 PM

heh…

BigWyo on February 12, 2009 at 11:14 PM

This won’t be the last time we hear about Rahm Emanuel, the administration’s lilliputian psycho. He’s a munchkin with a bad attitude.

Hey, Rahm. We’re laughing with you, not at you.

jdflorida on February 12, 2009 at 9:24 PM

+11

Jaibones on February 12, 2009 at 11:19 PM

I don’t beleive for a second that this man did not submit his withdrawal directly to the President first. His is a cabinet level position, he reports directly to the president, of course he did. They are just so embarrased that they are desperate to make this guy look like a goat on the way out.

paulsur on February 12, 2009 at 11:22 PM

American military Generals did you hear this? You might want to keep this man’s example in mind in case you need it for future reference.

MB4 on February 12, 2009 at 9:37 PM

Whoa there MB4. Such a scenario sounds a lot like all those two fellas stationed out in California. Armistead and Hancock, best of friends, saying their tearful goodbyes. They ended up on opposite sides of the line during Pickett’s charge.

Limerick on February 12, 2009 at 11:32 PM

Less than a month ago, Barack Obama was seemingly sitting atop the world. We all knew reality would set in soon enough; what we didn’t know was how quickly the magic would fade, and give way to what we are now witnessing. It’s still early, of course, and presidents can recover from their initial missteps. But Obama and his team have dug themselves a fairly deep early hole.

The narrative ain’t what it once was.

INC on February 12, 2009 at 7:17 PM

The only problem is so did Clinton………

Johan Klaus on February 12, 2009 at 11:40 PM

Thank you Senator Gregg!

Oink on February 13, 2009 at 12:09 AM

breaking: continental flight plane crash upstate new york on cnn now.

Vincenzo on February 13, 2009 at 12:12 AM

http://www.buffalonews.com/home/story/577959.html

all 48 dead

Vincenzo on February 13, 2009 at 12:17 AM

I don’t beleive for a second that this man did not submit his withdrawal directly to the President first. His is a cabinet level position, he reports directly to the president, of course he did. They are just so embarrased that they are desperate to make this guy look like a goat on the way out.

paulsur on February 12, 2009 at 11:22 PM

Precisely! If you watch the video of Gregg’s news conference, at around 9:12 into it he states in response to a reporter’s question: “Yes, I have obviously talked to the President. It would be highly inappropriate for me not to have talked to him.”

So Senator Gregg talked directly to President Obama himself when he communicated that he was withdrawing. The question is, did Obama bother to tell any of his staff afterwards? One thing this President does not do well is to communicate without the assistance of a teleprompter with pre-written words available to prompt him on what to say!

My guess is that President Obama was so distracted in his obsession with the so-called stimulus plan and trying to sell it to the American public, that he took the withdrawal in stride and promptly forgot about it while attending to immediate matters. The POTUS probably was expecting to have to make a public announcement, and probably told Axelrod to draft something for him.

So Senator Gregg, when no announcement is made by the President, takes the initiative himself seeing as how he’s still a Senator and will be called on to vote for or against the final version of the stimulus package. It was important to let the public, and especially his constituency in New Hampshire know he was still “on the job” doing the job in the Senate and Congress.

And kudos to him for standing with his principles held strong and firm! I’d have hated to see him be completely neutered by that rat Rahm.

KendraWilder on February 13, 2009 at 12:27 AM

I’m happy he droped out. Gregg has handled this whole offer from Obama very well. He has reminded me why I am a Republican.

Dollayo on February 13, 2009 at 12:43 AM

Gregg was to be nothing but a fall guy. When the Obama bubble bursts, he’ll be glad he’s not around.

Ronnie on February 13, 2009 at 1:12 AM

Only 1437 days until ‘Cuda Time!

NoLeftTurn on February 13, 2009 at 1:58 AM

Only 1437 days until Re-election!

NoLeftTurn on February 13, 2009 at 1:58 AM

sethstorm on February 13, 2009 at 2:17 AM

Is there any way that Obama could have asked Gregg to resign and to leave gracefully?

misslizzi on February 13, 2009 at 3:10 AM

Gregg was to be nothing but a fall guy. When the Obama bubble bursts, he’ll be glad he’s not around.

Ronnie on February 13, 2009 at 1:12 AM

True dat, but only after providing “bi-partisan” cover for hijacking the census. That’s the talking point the MSM would have run with to squash any criticism of the transfer.

Gibbs presser; “umm, as you know, the Commerce secretary is a, uh, republican and, ah,ah, there is, mmm we have bi-partisan support for, you know, WH oversight of the census to make sure that the count isn’t politicized.

After Gregg had been used and abused, TAO would then throw him under the bus for clinging to the old ideas that helped cause the mess we’re in now.

AH_C on February 13, 2009 at 5:42 AM

Prediction #769; Gregg forms a 2012 Presidential campaign exploratory committe in the next couple of months….

percysunshine on February 13, 2009 at 6:44 AM

It took Judd Gregg long enough to withdraw. Everyone recognized that accepting The One’s appointment would be a mistake, and the confidence the democrats felt with Gregg effectively neutralized made that mistake quite apparent.

Well played, Judd.

DannoJyd on February 13, 2009 at 7:22 AM

I encourage Senator Gregg to release his tax returns – before Rahm gets going.

tgillian on February 13, 2009 at 7:55 AM

Prediction #769

No. Any Republican seriously willing to decapitate any opposition to Obama as Gregg has a long row to hoe yet to get himself any serious contemplation as a reliable icon for POTUS.

Gratitude to Gregg for remaining a Republican Senator and rebuking Obama’s legislation with such effect. How else would the MSM actually print ANY anti-Obama message? Perhaps in 2012 he can claim he intended to do as he has right now all along. But until Gregg FOLLOWS UP by garnering Specter, Snowe and Collins alliance against Obama’s pernicious Socialist determination of who deserves treatment Health Care Plan, not to mention selling America out pennies on the dollar to the lowest Socialist Global Banking and CEO bidders, be wary reliance upon Gregg. He has redeemed himself, but yet has to convince RINOs to leave the progressive path of least resistance to ally with the GOP to hold and unite for the good of the Constitution, the nation, and of every honorable citizen.

tgillian is correct.

Gregg had better protect himself, not by laying low, but by being the unabashed Standard Bearer in defiance of Obama’s coalition of vicious Socialists.

maverick muse on February 13, 2009 at 8:19 AM

The best part of this all, and I’m not sure people have talked about it, is that Gregg stuck it to Obama while he was on the road on a dog and pony show.

Hah!

BuckeyeSam on February 13, 2009 at 8:31 AM

I don’t beleive for a second that this man did not submit his withdrawal directly to the President first. His is a cabinet level position, he reports directly to the president, of course he did. They are just so embarrased that they are desperate to make this guy look like a goat on the way out.

paulsur on February 12, 2009 at 11:22 PM

Absolutely. Obama’s massive ego strikes again.

also- Is there information available as to what the Dem’s are planning for this stimulous vote? Today? Any info on the “Turncoat three’s” thoughts now that the Dem’s are refusing to let us look at this bill? I just know everything was slipped back in, and those three OWE us a change of heart.

anniekc on February 13, 2009 at 8:40 AM

Absolutely. Obama’s massive ego strikes again.

also- Is there information available as to what the Dem’s are planning for this stimulous vote? Today? Any info on the “Turncoat three’s” thoughts now that the Dem’s are refusing to let us look at this bill? I just know everything was slipped back in, and those three OWE us a change of heart.

anniekc on February 13, 2009 at 8:40 AM

I heard on MSNBC that the story is that they’d been talking about this earlier in the week, but they got blindsided while Obama was out of town. I give Gregg an A for timing. I’m betting it’s payback for taking the census from him.

As far as the bill is concerned, I’m not sure where it is. MSNBC seems to make it sound as if it’s a done deal.

My question is that it’s unclear that members of Congress have had their 48 hours to review it. Kennedy back out of town, Gregg is back in the mix. What about the Three Amigos?
Is this thing really in the bag for Obama?

BuckeyeSam on February 13, 2009 at 8:50 AM

“Take this job, and shove it!
-Johnny Paycheck

kayo on February 13, 2009 at 9:04 AM

My question is that it’s unclear that members of Congress have had their 48 hours to review it. Kennedy back out of town, Gregg is back in the mix. What about the Three Amigos?
Is this thing really in the bag for Obama?

BuckeyeSam on February 13, 2009 at 8:50 AM

I understood, (as of last night) that the bill had not been produced and no one had seen the written legislative material, and then I saw that the voting was planned for today….sooooo….I’m thinking the snakes probably slipped everything back in. The turncoat three need to be tarred and feathered if they don’t address this.

anniekc on February 13, 2009 at 9:10 AM

The RNC and Gregg should now go on the offensive big time to explain to America what the theft of the census actualy means. Most American do not understand the census and it’s ramifications. Most Republican are not even aware this is going on because the MSM has hushed it and swept it under the bus along with all of the Messiah’s mounting skeletons.

It won’t happen though, because the RNC is guttles and weak. But I can dream…

Mark Garnett on February 13, 2009 at 9:14 AM

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