January 31, 2009

Awesome! Republican Senator Judd Gregg "Leading Candidate" To Be Named Commerce Secretary
— DrewM

Looks like Democrats are going to get their 60 Senate seats after all. If Gregg is named and confirmed, the Democratic Governor of New Hampshire will fill the seat. Add in Al Franken at some point and the RINOs won't even be getting some nominal payoff for braking ranks on filibusters.

So instead of a safe seat in 2010 (Gregg won reelection in '04 with 66% of the vote, while Kerry carried the state), Republicans will have to field a challenger against an appointed incumbent.

Did I mention how Awesome that is?

In fairness it will be tough to beat up Gregg too much. It would be hard to say no for partisan reasons to any President when they say they need and want you to serve. Still, it sucks for Republicans.

Adding to the fun...not only does it hurt Republicans in the Senate, it makes Obama look all the more bipartisan especially in light of Republicans saying no to the so-called "stimulus" bill. Well played Mr. President. Well played.

*I changed the headline from 'Likely' to 'Leading Candidate' to reflect what the story says. I'm not sure there's much difference but, like Obama retaking the oath, I did it out of an abundance of caution.

Posted by: DrewM at 07:15 AM | Comments (96)
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1 That's it. I am moving to Iraq.

At least they actually have a functioning democracy... now.

Posted by: Damiano at January 31, 2009 07:18 AM (cfKer)

2 .....and in six months he'll be fired and replaced with an Obama homeboy, and the dems get their cake and eat it too.   Actually, it's being spoon fed to them.  Pathetic.

Posted by: Annie at January 31, 2009 07:18 AM (g+A6A)

3 According to the report, Gregg "is being considered" for the post.  Is it safe to hold out a glimmer of hope that Obama will name a tax cheat Democrat or that Gregg will tell Skippy to fuck off?

Posted by: Reiver at January 31, 2009 07:21 AM (HFT94)

4 Hopefully he'll tell him to fuck off.............

Posted by: Ken at January 31, 2009 07:21 AM (2LCD6)

5 What are the chances that Judd Greg failed to pay his income taxes?

He's a Republican and would get crucified for it, no pass go, not collect his cabinet seat and return to the Senate where he's needed.

Posted by: Damiano at January 31, 2009 07:22 AM (cfKer)


Anyone who serves in this Admin is suspect. 

Would you take a job from President Obama?  Would Jesus? 

Posted by: Moderate Pub at January 31, 2009 07:22 AM (E3ea4)

7 Quick. Someone get this guy signed up as an honorary AOSHQ moron ...it's obvious he's one of us: Citation alleges public intoxication by Cody man on a white horse: http://tinyurl.com/cgzuow ...during a snow storm. And did I mention it was a white horse?

Posted by: davis,br at January 31, 2009 07:22 AM (OJAxK)

8 It's sad to see Judd Gregg become a tool of Democrats/Obama. Why does he even want the job? He can get more done in the Senate where he's needed.

Posted by: naperville at January 31, 2009 07:22 AM (ZVGHf)

9 I don't know much about Gregg's record, but surely this is a calculated ploy.

Posted by: BrianA at January 31, 2009 07:22 AM (iWPFj)

10 Why shouldn't he turn it down for partisan reasons when he is being nominated for partisan reasons?

Posted by: the real joe at January 31, 2009 07:23 AM (2t2zK)

11 And did I mention it was a white horse?



Posted by: DPR Hussein VIII at January 31, 2009 07:24 AM (4XUD3)

12 Gregg's name would not even be in the conversation unless he has already accepted. The notion of a magic 60 is senseless, particularly with an election approaching in 2010.

And, the Stimulus Plan turn Economic Recovery Plan, etc. etc., is doomed anyway in its present form.

Congratulations to Senator Gregg. Let's hope he can make some sense out of a horrible Obama Administration.

Posted by: Sebastian B. O. Bunionstow IV. at January 31, 2009 07:25 AM (NLtVk)

13 I'm eagerly awaiting the MSM to start pouring over GOP tax returns and find someone that rounded up an extra couple cents when writing off medical expenses so we can hear about how 'everyone cheats on their taxes."

"Oh my God, LOOK! A huge distraction!"

It would be the bipartisan thing to do.

Posted by: El Kabong at January 31, 2009 07:25 AM (41KxF)


Jeebus.  Yet another NE Republican looking to sell out the party.  For what? 


Posted by: blaster at January 31, 2009 07:28 AM (vnJkO)

15 Da' Prez'nit looks stoned.

I bet if you life the head off the Lincoln bust in the background, there's a hooka embedded in the neck.

First he dumps the "jackets in the Oval Office" rule, now I guess you don't have to shave your pre-pubescent mustache off either.

Posted by: Damiano at January 31, 2009 07:29 AM (cfKer)

16 This is pure Obama, setting someone else up to be blamed for his mistakes...

Posted by: richard mcenroe at January 31, 2009 07:29 AM (DBS+D)

17 " For what?"

15 minutes of fame....and a book deal. 

Posted by: Annie at January 31, 2009 07:29 AM (g+A6A)


Also, the story says Gregg confirms he's being considered.  I would feel a lot better if he said "I was asked and I declined."  Cockholster. 



Posted by: blaster at January 31, 2009 07:29 AM (vnJkO)

19 14

Jeebus.  Yet another NE Republican looking to sell out the party.  For what? 

 Posted by: blaster at January 31, 2009 12:28 PM (vnJkO)

A salty cow and a couple of magic beans...

If Mitch McConnell doesn't pull his head out of his ass soon, he's gonna be the last Republican in the Senate...

Posted by: El Kabong at January 31, 2009 07:31 AM (41KxF)


His record appears to be somewhat mixed but not as bad as the two moonbats from Vermont.

I hope he turns it down. It is a nothing position anyway.

Posted by: Vic at January 31, 2009 07:31 AM (f6os6)

21 In fairness it will be tough to beat up Gregg too much.

No it won't. Secretary of Commerce? Give up your senate seat for a crap ass cabinet position? One for which he can be terminated at any given time basically?
It won't be hard at all. Politically and personally it's a stupid move.
Why the fuck would anybody of either party give up a senate seat for a cabinet position anyway? Outside of  AG, State, Defense and Treasury they are jokes.
Basically you are a water carrier for the President anyway.

Posted by: Rocks at January 31, 2009 07:32 AM (3RHzM)

22 Hard to blame Gregg to much?  Like hell it is.  Does anyone honestly believe that Obama didn't take a senate shift into account?  

All Gregg has to say is that while he is honored to have been considered, he feels he can best serve his state right where he is.  There are hundreds or thousands of people who could competently fill that post.

Posted by: Deuce Geary at January 31, 2009 07:36 AM (Q285d)

23 My Friends, this is just a good example of reaching across the aisle.  I congratulate Senator Gregg on his efforts to help the Democrat President and majority in these trying times, and look forward to helping him in any way I can. 
Especially if it means the media will like me again. 

Chrissy, call me!

Posted by: John McClusterfuck Hussein McCain at January 31, 2009 07:38 AM (4XUD3)

24 Posted by: Rocks at January 31, 2009 12:32 PM (3RHzM)

If the situation were reversed we'd kill the Democrat who refused.

Bush could have easily done this. If he had nominated Lieberman to head up Homeland Security at some point, the Republican Governor of Connecticut would have appointed his replacement.

And that's just one example. Why Norm Fucking Minetta as the token Democrat? Why not a Senator from Montana or Colorado or some otherwise red state? Just because we don't play hardball like this doesn't mean we should complain when others do.

Posted by: DrewM. at January 31, 2009 07:39 AM (hlYel)


Why would Sen. Gregg want to take this position (excluding 15 minutes of fame and a book deal)?  Simple, the Messiah asked him:

"What profit an NE Republican to stay loyal to his party and serve as a speed bump for My agenda in the Senate, yet lose the precious gem of a position in My esteemed Cabinet?"

Posted by: mitthrawnurdo at January 31, 2009 07:40 AM (9hSKh)

26 thanks for posting this Drew, I sent it in to Ace a day or so ago, I was beginning to think I was crazy that no one else was picking up on it.

Democrat governor John Lynch will pick a replacement and I wonder what party he'll chose from?

Posted by: Kaptain Amerika at January 31, 2009 07:41 AM (zAt/g)

27 The proper Gregg response to this should have been one of the following:

"Suck my dick, Mr. President" Preferably live on CSPAN.

Politely decline consideration in an email....with about 6 or 7 really nasty Trojans attached.

Go out onto the Senate floor, request permission to "revise and extend my remarks", drop trou and leave a big steamer on Obama's offer letter.

New YouTube channel, nothing but videos of Sen. Gregg laughing his ass off.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 31, 2009 07:42 AM (MKNSy)

28 Since this appointment is nothing more than naked political calculation, how does he not categorically say NO ? Hold a press conference, detail the exact scenario that Obama and the Democrats are trying to enact, and expose them for the BS artists they are.

Posted by: deadrody at January 31, 2009 07:43 AM (TxMs4)

29 You know what? Screw it. Let the Dems have COMPLETE control for the next two years. 2010 will be sweet. You really think whiney little "GenWe" will still be so smitten by Obama and "Yes We Can" when they're all out of college and looking for work?

Posted by: CoolCzech at January 31, 2009 07:44 AM (iafWn)

30 .

Posted by: CoolCzech at January 31, 2009 07:45 AM (iafWn)

31 Following in the shoes of O'Neill, Snow and whashisname? Wow! What a lure! Just like when Weld wanted to be named Ambassador to Mexico by Clinton. If he takes this job, the GOP Senate is dead to me, and the caucus re-election fund won't get a damn cent.

Posted by: Fresh Air at January 31, 2009 07:45 AM (DmkGY)

32 I mean, honestly, why would a Republican want to work in a Democratic administration in the first place ? As if Obama is not going to appoint all Democrats to the rest of the Commerce Department. The only reason for him to go would be to further his career and line his pockets, and as a Republican, you really aren't furthering your career by becoming part of a Democrat's administration.

Posted by: deadrody at January 31, 2009 07:46 AM (TxMs4)

33 deadrody

I agree... the only republican that has any right to stay in that administration is Gates and only because he can help protect us from Obama.

Posted by: Kaptain Amerika at January 31, 2009 07:48 AM (zAt/g)

34 Hold a press conference, detail the exact scenario that Obama and the Democrats are trying to enact, and expose them for the BS artists they are.

Better yet, privately accept the nom, then when he does the presser (which will be heavily televised *LIVE* because of it's "bipartisan" character), vehemently decline the position while outlining the scenario, complete with disparaging remarks about the new President's competence and honesty.

All while Bambi is standing right next to the podium trying to keep his cool.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 31, 2009 07:49 AM (MKNSy)

35 Disagree that this appointment makes O look "bipartisan".  It makes him look cunning adn partisan as hell - it gives his party the filibuster proofing they want.


Posted by: Thea at January 31, 2009 07:53 AM (N0hv7)

36 ITC,
I would pay to see that!

Posted by: CDR M at January 31, 2009 07:53 AM (TJoU6)


What did the famous "Dandy" Don Meredith say....

"Turn out the lights...the Party's over."

Posted by: solitary knight at January 31, 2009 07:56 AM (WF4k9)

38 Gregg would be a fool to accept this.  He will be marginalized and will have 0 influence over Obama.  This is a political move, pure and simple.

Posted by: bandit at January 31, 2009 08:00 AM (RsaX9)

39 It looks to me like this is win/win. Gregg clearly can't be much of a conservative if Obama wants him in the cabinet, and with an allegedly filibuster-proof Senate (it is effectively so now), the Democrats are left hanging it all out. Nobody to blame.

Now, technically you could still have a filibuster, because some Democrats might sign on, but in reality that's just not gonna happen.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at January 31, 2009 08:07 AM (PQY7w)

40 He'd especially be a fool, since Obama's "czar" fetish is designed specifically to bypass the bureaucracy of the departments and marginalize the power they have, concentrating it in the White House itself.

Gregg would have all the power he wanted to attend Rotary Club dinners, but not much else.

Posted by: XBradTC at January 31, 2009 08:08 AM (dl5pO)

41 If the situation were reversed we'd kill the Democrat who refused. Absolutely not. The situation was reversed, sort of, when Zell Miller wouldn't become a Republican and retired instead. Ditto John Breaux. I can't recall any assassination attempts. It is perfectly honorable not to serve a president who is a radical leftist, Marxist, socialist jerk.

Posted by: Fresh Air at January 31, 2009 08:15 AM (DmkGY)


Hold your horses. Gregg's office has said he won't take the job unless he can be assured a Republican will get his Senate seat. Nevermind that mess of what happen regarding senatorial appointments in Illinois?

He'd also be an ideological misfit in the Obama administration and would likely be marginalized and superceded on any policy ideas.

Gregg would also instantly throw away all goodwill (and he has a lot) among conservatives and become another lowly Benedict Jeffords Arnold in his own party.

So I bet the whole thing is a non-starter; a political dance to benefit Obama and Gregg temorarily.

I can't imagine he'd really go to Commerce. Stranger things have happened, though.

Posted by: Cowboy at January 31, 2009 08:20 AM (0u7vW)

43 Gregg will probably take the offer. Being a conservative from New Hampshire I can tell you first hand, the state is officially a mini-Massachusetts. Demographics have changed mostly because of the influx of those fleeing Massachusetts idots after they have made a filthy mess of their nests and don't like living in it. They've moved in to our once great and independent state fouling their nests up here. Gregg's career as a Senator is winding down -- just the fall-out from this change, so the Commerce job is probably a go. One by one they lose their spines. Pretty much moonbat central now, and he knows he doesn't have a prayer in the next election. Sununu is the only one left. He'll be gone in 2010, guaranteed. Another clue -- I have sent several letters in the last two weeks. One excoriating him for the Geithner vote (he approved), and the other warning him not to go for the "stimulus" debacle. His office usually responds quite promptly, but I've got nothing so far. He's in the bag for Obama, no doubt.

Posted by: kasper at January 31, 2009 08:26 AM (+pMZ4)

44 I thought his name was Judas Gregg.

Posted by: George Orwell at January 31, 2009 08:26 AM (AZGON)


He needn't get too excited about the 'honor' of serving when his President needs him. He's calculating and petulant...a particularly dispicable set of characteristics. AND...should he forget about the way he's treated his former opponent on the Democratic ticket, someone should remind him that sure, he offered Hillary the SOS seat, but his pal Joey (his wife actually) made sure to announce oh-so-publicly that it was he who was first offered the job.

Now, add to that the fact that the campaign staffer who referred to Hillary as a "monster" has now been given a State Department job which actually requires that she TRAVEL WITH HILLARY!

What a son-of-a-bitch.

Posted by: jmflynny at January 31, 2009 08:29 AM (Wv7vH)


He'll accept the position if offered.  Being the Sec Def is a step up for a middle of the pack Senator.  It's a smart career move, a few years as the Sec Def, and assuming no major screw ups, he can retire to one of those secure teaching jobs in Harvard where the One has connections. 

You could hardly fault him for accepting and you really shouldn't expect him to sacrifice his own career for the Party.  William S Cohen likewise was a Rupublician Senator before serving as Clinton's Sec Def.

Don't expect the Marvick to be offered a cabinet post though, the old fxxt is too smart to leave his steady job and too valuable to the One as the unofficial minority whip rounding up those squishy Republicians.





Posted by: canuk at January 31, 2009 08:31 AM (flu/p)

47 clarification....Obama is calculating and petulant. Gregg, who knows.

Posted by: jmflynny at January 31, 2009 08:32 AM (Wv7vH)

48 Congratulations! We got rid of all the RINO's!

Posted by: Bill Grant at January 31, 2009 08:32 AM (Z2+2W)

49 Sununu is the only one left. He'll be gone in 2010, guaranteed.

Um, Sununu was defeated in 08. Gregg is the last statewide elected Republican.

Posted by: DrewM. at January 31, 2009 08:34 AM (hlYel)


Okay...now i'm seeing comments re Sec of Def.

We're talking Commerce Sec here, right?

Posted by: jmflynny at January 31, 2009 08:34 AM (Wv7vH)

51 Commerce? Why mess with middlemen and cut-outs? Just hand the job to George Soros, so he can more closely supervise his disaster. Cordially...

Posted by: Rick at January 31, 2009 08:39 AM (zncSj)

52 Drew,
  I'm not faulting Obama for trying it. Just the idea that there is actually some reason for Gregg to actually except other than he's ready to go anyway and this  job has nice perks. As far as Lieberman I don't think he would have ever done it. Give up the Senate for that? No way. Would you leave the House of Lords for to push forms? Gregg should be gracious but it's an insult not an honor.

Posted by: Rocks at January 31, 2009 08:43 AM (3RHzM)

53 You're right. I'm the idiot. I knew that Sununu is gone. I was thinking there was one last one standing and yeah, it's Gregg. Last flame goes out.

Posted by: kasper at January 31, 2009 08:44 AM (+pMZ4)

54 Just a good chess move on Obamas part.

If Gregg goes for it..fuck 'em. He knows the cost to the party and that his seat will be filled by an appointed dem.

Posted by: Iggey Schnetz at January 31, 2009 08:46 AM (EHuj2)

55 No one expects Judas to sacrifice his career for the party. But presumably he would tell us he is in public office to promote the well-being of the country. One can easily question his decision about this move, under these circumstances. Or maybe he thinks he can persuade Obastard to "Republican" ways. Or perhaps he thinks Waffles actually has some really good ideas. In either case the man is a fool for believing any such thing. If he's angling for a teaching sinecure after serving as Secretary in office, he's just another scumbag. He will have plenty of company, licking Waffles's loafers.

Posted by: George Orwell at January 31, 2009 08:47 AM (AZGON)


Now, add to that the fact that the campaign staffer who referred to Hillary as a "monster" has now been given a State Department job which actually requires that she TRAVEL WITH HILLARY!


This is the first of many stabs at Hillary to get her to resign.

Posted by: Vic at January 31, 2009 08:47 AM (f6os6)


I should clarify...

Powers has been appointed 'Senior Director of Multilateral Affairs" at the national Security Council. Hillary Clinton will have to work directly with the person who called her a "monster".

Yeah. It's a jab, but I hardly think it's the first...or the last.

Posted by: jmflynny at January 31, 2009 08:51 AM (Wv7vH)

58 Sorry, I don't follow... Why did Waffles appoint Cankles in the first place only to get her to resign? I presume it has something to do keeping one's enemies closer than one's friends.

Posted by: George Orwell at January 31, 2009 08:55 AM (AZGON)

59 Bandit at #38 has it right.

Posted by: jbarntt at January 31, 2009 08:59 AM (qSalV)


Drew, are you kidding?  We'd kill any Democrat who refused such an offer? 

Don't think so. 

But it's a bold and baldly political move - if Obama gets Judd over and a Democrat in his place, it's true, he is surely more scared of Limbaugh than the Republican leadership.  Shows he's got the R's number that Gregg is even considering it. 

If Gregg sticks by this "I have to be replaced by a Republican" thing, expect negative material to come out and his nomination chances to go in the dumper. 

And then, of course, his chances of reelection in 2010 take a downturn - for whatever negative stuff comes out, and with R's for playing footsie with Obama.

Well played, Mr President.  Well played indeed. 

Now, on our side - can't anybody here play this game? 




Posted by: blaster at January 31, 2009 09:01 AM (vnJkO)


It was another not-too-dumb political move to assuage the anger amongst Hillary voters and, don't forget, she gracefully let the whole "help me pay back my campaign debt" angle. If he ran Hillary out of office with tactics such as these he could then take another jab at her for not being able to rise above.

Again, remember...petulant. That's the word that most often comes to mind when I think of Him.

Posted by: jmflynny at January 31, 2009 09:02 AM (Wv7vH)

62 as a Hillraiser and Dem if Hillary steps down as SoS, that is fine by me! I am happy for her that she took it, as she had a large important dept to run and to help keep us safe, but he is declawing any power IMO by appointing thousands of Czars and Envoys and NSC advisers..it must be a giant mess getting info to him now, sounds like pre 911 arrangements to me but what do I know..

anywho, she can step down and say nothing but we will all assume it is b.c of bad moves by Obama such as cutting DoD budget and not backing Israel

also in NYS she can take her seat back until the special election in 2010..

and if not we will elect her someplace else, we are with her whatever she wants to do, (that is good for the country )....

Gawd knows we need her to rebuild the party someday as it looks like everythign I feared is coming true..if the GOP can get by the media filter the people will have none of this in 2010, 2012

Posted by: ginaswo/MiM at January 31, 2009 09:22 AM (LHx9k)

63 I'm not projecting my values, like integrity and loyalty, onto any fucking politician. These people are into "public service", like a bank robber is into "customer service".

Posted by: solitary knight at January 31, 2009 09:23 AM (WF4k9)

64 And that's just one example. Why Norm Fucking Minetta as the token Democrat? Why not a Senator from Montana or Colorado or some otherwise red state? Just because we don't play hardball like this doesn't mean we should complain when others do.

Drew, we're not complaining that the Dems are playing hardball -- we're just venting our concerns that the Republicans are going to act like their usual pussy selves and go along with it, thus getting the Messiah a filibuster-proof senate.

Posted by: OregonMuse at January 31, 2009 09:24 AM (XUV9W)

65 This is just weird.  Earlier in the week there was a spate of articles saying that Obama was ready to announce outgoing Symantec Corp. CEO as Commerce Secretary.

Posted by: Eric at January 31, 2009 09:45 AM (quZLX)

66 This is just weird.  Earlier in the week there was a spate of articles saying that Obama was ready to announce outgoing Symantec Corp. CEO as Commerce Secretary.

Weird? Not really. Amazing how a solid wall of Republican Reps saying "fuck you" to the Shit Sandwich changes things.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 31, 2009 09:54 AM (MKNSy)

67 And just how does 'every vote counts' apply in this situation?

Oh, it's New Hampshire's Republican voters you're speaking of.

Never mind.

Posted by: Greg Toombs at January 31, 2009 09:59 AM (URFAu)

68 Weird? Not really. Amazing how a solid wall of Republican Reps saying "fuck you" to the Shit Sandwich changes things.

True dat.  I hope and pray Gregg says "fuck you" on the job offer.

Posted by: Eric at January 31, 2009 10:00 AM (quZLX)

69 If Judd Gregg becomes the first Republican to take a bite of that crap sandwich, he will spend the rest of his life washing his mouth with Lavoris mouthwash and flossing with the string on Rosie O'Donnel's Tampon. 

Posted by: Fish at January 31, 2009 10:08 AM (CG+cG)


Jeebus, Symantec's CEO? 

Thompson expanded Symantec's mission from computer security into data management. In 2005 he engineered the $13.5 billion acquisition of Veritas, which makes software products designed to secure business clients' data. It was one of the biggest acquisitions ever in the software industry.

In an interview with IBD in September, Thompson said he believed "you can't separate the security of the information from the management process of the information itself."

The Veritas deal, however, took awhile to jell. While many tech stocks soared until the late 2007 downturn, Symantec sputtered as profit growth nearly came to a halt. A series of good quarters has warmed Wall Street to Symantec again, even as it cools to the sector.


Umm, except it still sucks.


blaster <--- Not bitter at all about the Veritas acquisition.


Posted by: blaster at January 31, 2009 10:22 AM (vnJkO)


I live in NH.  I emailed Gregg to not vote for the bail out, and to not take this cabinet job.

The MSM has lost focus on the Blago details...he was Obama's very close consort, they supported each other, every step of the way.

Blago's move to shove Burris down the throat of the senate WAS THE political play of the past 2 months...bare knuckles politics.

Obama has just one upped him. He pulls the last R off the New England region, puts his nuts in a jar, and controls the vote in the senate...

bare knuckles politics at it's best, even better... people are congratulating him for being so changey and bipartisan...people will be smoking cigarettes with Obama soon.

Posted by: ford at January 31, 2009 10:41 AM (Ki7fm)

72 Deja vu here, just like Jumpin' Jim Jeffords in 2001 threw the Senate to Dem control.

Posted by: kbdabear at January 31, 2009 11:17 AM (miw86)

73 Guys, before you start freaking out about the one last seat think about this.

What's more likely to happen: that every single Republican in the Senate goes along with a filibuster against a popular president and Democrats in congress, or that at least one Democrat joins the Republicans in a filibuster? Do you really think that one guy is going to make a filibuster happen? With all the losers like Olympia Snowe in the senate with an R by their name? Seriously?

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at January 31, 2009 11:25 AM (PQY7w)

74 Hey, Commerce Secretary is a primo position for graft and kickbacks.  Maybe Gregg wants to act like an Arab potentate, be frankly dishonest,  and bring home the swag by the boxcar.  Screw your party when there's a dishonest buck to be made.  And as a Chicagoan, Obama should understand.  As Mike Royko once said, the Chicago motto, "urbs in horto" ("city in a garden"), should be changed to "ubi est mia" ("where is mine").

Posted by: Ombudsman at January 31, 2009 12:41 PM (fWF4Q)

75 I'm gonna back up Kasper on this. Gregg is a dead man walking, and he knows it. Comm Sec could be considered a step up, and if he at least tries to get a Republican in his place, he very well might do it. Gregg is not quite a RINO, but close enough. He's an ex tax lawyer who's lived on the public payroll for 30 years, son of privilege, and almost as arrogant an SOB as the first John Sununu. The idea of him being in Obama's face day and and day out, though... that's tempting. J.

Posted by: Jay Tea at January 31, 2009 12:50 PM (NLDtD)


BrianA # 9,

Stop calling me Calculated.

Posted by: Surely, a ploy at January 31, 2009 12:51 PM (iDzUt)

77 Gregg should take the position until he gets canned...as he will be...or quite about 2 months before the 2010 elections, with a tell-all book about Obama cabinet incompetence and corruption hitting bookstores 2 weeks before the election. This is what the Democrats would do. (Actually, the couple of Dems who served Bush didn't do this...)

Posted by: Harun at January 31, 2009 04:28 PM (RVEJX)


Remember the scene from It's A Wonderful Life, where Barack Hussein Potter has a meeting with Gregg Bailey, and offers Gregg a three year deal to become BHP's personal assistant and to travel the world on his projects. GB is tempted but then asks about Bailey's Company, and as he shakes BHP's hand he realizes the ulterior motive. GB could be fired at any time, and it would be a twofer because BHP could kill the Company at the same time. In this case, BHP wants to make the Senate impregnable for democraps while giving Gregg a temporary at will position where Gregg will have to justify trade with Iran, Cuba Syria and Venezuela, and damp down fires with China, Mexico and Canada over changes in US trade policies. If ever there were a job to be passed up, too little for too much harm to the politics of this country, this is it.

I also note that this is directly from the playbook of power at all costs that democraps use. Whenever a legislature is closely divided, the democraps Mayors or Governors (and now President) seek to oust a republican or two by nominating them to their cabinets, but the republicans usually are just for show, tokens if you will, and the dems feast on their newly enhanced power in the legislature. The good of the country and the GOP call for Gregg to turn down this ploy.

Posted by: eaglewingz08 at February 01, 2009 05:51 AM (qh8b9)


Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) won’t accept a position as President Obama’s secretary of Commerce unless he is guaranteed his Senate seat remains in GOP hands, said two Republicans who know Gregg well.

Departing the Senate without one could give Democrats 60 members and a filibuster-proof majority.

“Gregg would never allow his seat to go to a Democrat, the only way he would allow it is if he died,” said a Republican close to Gregg. “He would consider it to be a breach of trust to people who elected it.” …

Republicans who know Gregg well say that Lynch must agree to select a Republican because Gregg, one of the most revered leaders in New Hampshire Republican politics, would not allow his seat to give Democrats filibuster-proof control of the Senate.

“He will not take Commerce secretary unless Lynch says he will appoint a Republican,” said the Republican close to Gregg.


Great news from Sen. Gregg. I hope this will help his reelection next year.

Posted by: eaglewingz08 at February 01, 2009 06:22 AM (qh8b9)


eaglewingzo8 (the Z makes it EXTREME, right?), read my post.  Now the badness about Gregg will come out.  Some smear tactic.  He will be dropped for the smear, it will hurt his chances in 2010 as will his footsie playing with Obama. 


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Posted by: american dream at February 02, 2009 05:37 AM (aVUaN)

83 Just heard on Fox that it is almost 100% done deal that Sen. Judd Greg will take the position.  Judd Greg gave a public thank you to Gov. Lynch of NH today because he promised to appoint a Republican Senator.  Judd Greg don't you get it.  Please Judd don't go over to the dark side.  Don't leave NH.  We are in enough trouble with the dumbicrats taking over our state.  I guess all politicians are going to look out for themselves now.  We the people are going to have to handle this ourselves. 

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84 i feel sorry for honey-judd. he is an embarrassment to the WHOLE NATION. he said: "i want that job! me too! i want it!" then suddenly-because he cares more of his republican party instead of the taxpayers WHO PAYS & FEEDS HIM(!#$%^&@)-he went kaput and just left! DOES HE REALLY THINK HE WILL EMBARRASS THE HUMBLE PRESIDENT because of what he did? LOL! why don't he just admit that what his Beloved Bush left of financial crisis to the AMERICAN people, he's unfit to do it! fucking moron! I WOULD LOVE IF OBAMA DISMISS THIS STUPID REPUBLICANS AND JUST PLACE ALL THE DEMS IN HIS CABINET!!!

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I firmly believe that most republicans are out of touch and have no sense of history. I also believe that deep down they are still pissed that someone other than a white man is in office. If this were not the case they would be able to get over themselves and stop trying to sabotage everything that WE need to accomplish. I think you closet racist need to be reminded that the deficit was tripled under a republican led congress and president and ohh yeah the size of government was increased as well and asked for a loan of 750 billion dollars which had no strings attached and did nothing to lossen up the credit freeze. I dont mean to sound crass but I think you guys dont care about this country. 

    I also notice that other than mocking the president for trying to get everybody to think about everybody and how we're all in this together all the Republicans can say is TAX CUTS!!!!!I am so sick of people breaking everything to on partisan lines. If  someone was dying on the side of the road would you care what there political affliation was.... of course not!!!! Grow up and think that whether the solution comes from a democrat or a republican WE need to fix this as a country!!!!!DAMN get over yourselves and GROW UP

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86 No self-respecting Republican would ever sacrifice his failed philosophy just to serve his country. Greg bailed so that he can continue to live in a conservative fairyland. Good for him! Nothing like a crazed delusion to make a ruling class representative feel good about himself.

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