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Gregg Withdraws as Commerce Nominee

By Chris Cillizza, Anne E. Kornblut and Michael D. Shear

New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg has withdrawn his name from consideration as President Obama's commerce secretary, a major blow to an administration seeking to put a series of Cabinet problems behind it.

"It became clear to me to me that it would be very difficult day in and day out to serve in this Cabinet," Gregg said in a press conference late Thursday. He added that in the days since he was nominated he realized that to be "part of a team but not 100 percent with the team" was an untenable position.

In his written statement, Gregg cited recent developments regarding the economic stimulus package and the decision to have the next census director report directly to senior White House officials as evidence that he and President Obama were too different ideologically for the pairing to work. "This was simply a bridge too far for me," Gregg said of his decision.

Gregg said he would "probably not" run for re-election in 2010.

Gregg met with Obama on Wednesday morning at the White House and told him
that he was heading in this direction, a senior administration official
said. White House officials said they had grown increasingly aware of the
senator's discomfort with his decision, and insisted they were not
surprised by the announcement this afternoon, which came as a shock to much of
the rest of the political establishment.

Gregg abstained from the Senate vote on the stimulus package, which passed the chamber 61 to 37. He had not previously offered any public comment on the White House's plan to have the Census director report to White House officials. Many Republicans, however, had voiced serious concerns about the potential politicization of the department given that move.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) praised Gregg's decision as "principled" and added: "It's great to have him back."

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.

"Senator Gregg reached out to the President and offered his name for secretary of commerce," the statement read. "He was very clear throughout the interviewing process that despite past disagreements about policies, he would support, embrace, and move forward with the president's agenda. Once it became clear after his nomination that Senator Gregg was not going to be supporting some of President Obama's key economic priorities, it became necessary for Senator Gregg and the Obama administration to part ways. We regret that he has had a change of heart."

Gibbs, in a phone call from the trip with Obama to Illinois late Thursday, said Gregg's exit had not dealt a blow to the president's effort to build a bipartisan coalition.

"I'm standing in East Peoria with Ray LaHood," Gibbs said, referring to the Republican Secretary of Transportation. "This president remains committed to working with members on both sides of the aisle to get things done that are important for the American people," Gibbs said.

Just days ago, Gregg stood side-by-side with the president to accept the nomination as commerce secretary and declared that partisanship should not get in the way of repairing the country's problems.

"This is not a time for partisanship. This is not a time when we should stand in our ideological corners and shout at each other," Gregg said on Feb. 3. "This is a time to govern and govern well. And therefore, when the President asked me to join his administration and participate in trying to address the issues of this time, I believed it was my obligation to say yes, and I look forward to it with enthusiasm."

At that event, Obama noted that "Clearly, Judd and I don't agree on every issue -- most notably who should have won the election. But we agree on the urgent need to get American businesses and families back on their feet."

But even as Gregg and Obama were shaking hands, Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill were blasting the stimulus package then making its way through the House of Representatives. In a statement, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassleysaid that day that "let no one be mistaken that this bill is the result of bipartisan negotiations. While Republicans were courteously consulted at the member and staff level, we were never at the negotiating table."

Gregg is the second of Obama's nominees as commerce secretary to withdraw. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (N.M.) stepped aside earlier this year after allegations of a pay to play scandal involving him came to light.

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 including the resignation of chief performance office Nancy Kileffer and revelations about liens on the business of husband of now Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

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.

One problem the Gregg withdrawal doesn't solve for Senate Republicans is on the purely political front -- assuming that he does not plan to seek re-election in 2010. That means the seat will, as expected, be open next November. Rep. Paul Hodes (D) is already in the race and will remain so, according to party officials. The most commonly mentioned GOP names are former Sen. John Sununu and former Gov. Steve Merill.

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.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 12, 2009; 4:14 PM ET
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No biggie. A person has the right to change their mind and it took guts and integrity to admit he made a bad move--at least he didnt wait until after he was confirmed. What bothers me is the part about control of the census being taken over by the White House. The census is very political by nature and subject to partisan manipulation but to do something as blatant as actually having the census bureau report to Rahm really smells.

Posted by: rawreid | February 13, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Newsflash --
Republican Gregg refuses to join National Socialist Party and March in Lockstep!!

Posted by: newbeeboy | February 13, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Gregg at least resigned over a matter of principle, not unpaid taxes!

Posted by: MajorConfusion | February 12, 2009 4:27 PM | Report

Posted by: opp88 | February 13, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

GOOD RIDDANCE!!!! WE ALL DID NOT TRUST GEGG ANYWAY! NOW IT TIME TO GET RID OF ROBERT GATES AND LAHOOD.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | February 13, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

SEN. JUDD GREGG, WHAT A SMART CAT...UNLIKE HIS CONSERVATIVE BUDDIES.

SEN. GREGG DOES UNDERSTAND THAT PRESIDENT ELECT BARACK OBAMA DOES HAVE THAT MIDAS TOUCH.

(EVERYTHING HE TOUCHES TURNS TO GOLD)

I'M WONDERING IF SEN. GREGG'S MOTIVES WERE FOR SELFISH REASONS OR ACTUALLY INTENDED TO HELP HIS PARTY?

WHAT A GREAT CARD TO HAVE IN YOUR HAND ABOUT RIGHT NOW!

SEN. GREGG'S REASONS FOR WITHDRAW? FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE...HMMM CONVENIENT?

JUST DOWN RIGHT SMART...WHERE IS HE GOING WITH THIS? 2010-2012?

WHO HAS WHO ...IN HIS BACK POCKET?

PRESIDENT BARACK H. OBAMA IS LINING UP HIS BIPARTISAN TEAM.

61-33, 2/12/2009
__________________________________-

LET THE POSTURING BEGIN...

Posted by: opp88 | February 13, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

SEN. JUDD GREGG, WHAT A SMART CAT...UNLIKE HIS CONSERVATIVE BUDDIES.

SEN. GREGG DOES UNDERSTAND THAT PRESIDENT ELECT BARACK OBAMA DOES HAVE THAT MIDAS TOUCH.

(EVERYTHING HE TOUCHES TURNS TO GOLD)

I'M WONDERING IF SEN. GREGG'S MOTIVES WERE FOR SELFISH REASONS OR ACTUALLY INTENDED TO HELP HIS PARTY?

WHAT A GREAT CARD TO HAVE IN YOUR HAND ABOUT RIGHT NOW!

SEN. GREGG'S REASONS FOR WITHDRAW? FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE...HMMM CONVENIENT?

JUST DOWN RIGHT SMART...WHERE IS HE GOING WITH THIS? 2010-2012?

WHO HAS WHO ...IN HIS BACK POCKET?

PRESIDENT BARACK H. OBAMA IS LINING UP HIS BIPARTISAN TEAM.

61-33, 2/12/2009

Posted by: opp88 | February 13, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Gregg definitely withdrew b/c of some potential scandal...just wait a few days.

Obama is the only one in DC who is taking bipartisanship seriously. It is time for Obama to just do what he needs to do for our nation, with or without the obstructionists. Hopefully, at some point, the press and the republicans will realize that the American people voted for change, not bipartisanship. The democrats won the last 2 elections b/c they know republicans can't run businesses and can't run government.

Posted by: jillcohen | February 13, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Judd has had the stress of the bullies of his party vs. his wish to contribute to his times. Unfortunately, the republican bullies wore him down. Perhaps we should mandate that the Republicans spend some time out by themselves: no cell phones, no contacts with other Republicans to meditate on how they are damaging their own country by their damaging behavior.

Posted by: timeforhonesty | February 13, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

DailyKos journalist "dengre" is reporting today that Gregg's withdrawal may have had something to do with the Abramoff scandal. The MSM may have totally whiffed on this story.

Dengre's entire DailyKos article:

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/2/13/32013/1373/707/696949

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 13, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Word to BROADWAYJOE & DRAINYOU:

Judd Gregg is not a sheep, he is not a puppet. He does not want to join "The Obama Sheep Union". You are both delusional. You will both support him regardless of your own personal safety. He is only a person with ideas that won't work. And you are so caught up in the false historic brainwashing, that you are afriad to retreat and say, "THIS IS NOT WORKING", denial is a terrible thing when there is no way out, and for Obama followers there is no way out. Ever.

Posted by: bozobabbling | February 13, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

"Senator Gregg has discovered what most of us already knew--despite claims by the mainstream media, Obama is not Abraham Lincoln.
He's not even TODD Lincoln.
This is getting extremely embarrassing.
Buyer's remorse, anyone?

Posted by: robtay12003 | February 12, 2009 10:47 PM"

Short answer: No.
Long answer: Nooo.
BHO's approval was at 70% as of yesterday.
Anyway you weren't a buyer of O and Joe, but of Mac/Phalin. Your products didn't even make it out of the store.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 13, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Obama is still the winner here.

He reached out across the aisle and got his hand bitten. That's hardly his bad.

Gregg is the real loser. When Gregg asked to be his Commerce Secretary, O in the interest of bipartisanship gave him the nod. Then in repayment of our President's kind gesture, Gregg accepted and then withdrew, responding, we assume, to extremist ("I hope Obama fails") threats from the party (Gregg's explanation that, post-appointment, he suddenly realized he had disagreements with O insults the Nation's intelligence.

If the extremists are so interested in protocol (e.g., dress codes -- that actually were not observed in recent history as documented in photos on HuffPo), they should know the protocol is that, when your President appoints you, you accept, shut up, and do your job. You do not accept and turn right around -- on some extremists' cue -- and withdraw for the specific purpose of trying to humiliate our Commander in Chief.

Let's be clear: Gregg lost -- his high-school stunt assures his Senate seat will go to the Democrat Hodes in the next election (Hodes has already hit the airwaves). More important though is that he tried to humiliate our President.

We will see if COS Rahm, picked to protect BHO against this meanspirited junk, will make sure there is a heavy price to be paid for this ugly partisan set-up.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 13, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Democrats commenting on this article seem to be deaf dumb and blind to what has and is happening. Love is blind and these folks are turning a blind eye to the blatant attempt to steal the census in violation of the Constitution and the United States Code. If I was in Gregg's shoes, I would realize that immediately after Obama asked me to be the Commerce Secretary shaking my hand with his right hand, he was stealing my responsibilities in Commerce with his left hand.

How can the Republicans be bi-partisan when they are being whipsawed by Obama and Pelosi at every turn?

Someone must stand up for the people even if the people on this comment list are just fine with all the stimulus pork like and earmark like spending with no debate and a let's rush this through by the Democrats to fix the economy.

The stimulus bill removes the requirement for recipients of stimulus money to use E-Verify to insure that jobs go to citizens and legal resident aliens. The Democrats have open the way for illegal aliens to obtain the jobs being created for those out of work Americans - great job Democrats!

Yes,the Democrats are really "fixing" this nation and the love affair continues.
http://brokengovernment.wordpress.com

Posted by: kenmoyes | February 13, 2009 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Nice job, Gregg and thank you very much for just handing over your senate seat to us majority party Dems!


This is Gregg just last week:
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"I have recused myself from voting during the pendency of my nomination," Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican, told CNBC.
Earlier in the program he said he was "not really engaged in the stimulus bill," but that he did believe "we need one."
"We need a robust one," he added. "I think the one that's pending is in the range we need. I do believe it's a good idea to do it at two levels, which this bill basically does, which is immediate stimulus and long-term initiatives which actually improve our competitiveness and our productivity."
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/02/12/democratic-source-gregg-campaigned-for-the-job/
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Got that? Gregg sought out the position. He knew the policies. He said he could accept and support them. He publicly supported the stimulus package. And now he's saying it had become apparent to him he couldn't do something that he had already agreed to do and in fact had done publicly.


The White House source in the CNN article is right that Gregg was erratic. But in another sense, Gregg is being consistent. He's always been a rightwing Republican, and like those Republicans aligned with the right wing of their party, their allegiance to the right wing of their party is more powerful than their commit to look out for the good of all the country.


Again, thank you for the senate seat, Mr. Gregg.

Posted by: DrainYou | February 12, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

camers_eye_11

When Obama finally sinks under water are you still going to say. "That is the first brotha that can breath under water, you republicans try and top that"!!!

Posted by: bozobabbling | February 12, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

This just in...in a brazen act of rebellion, the Obama puppy has just lifted is leg and pee-pee'd on the white house carpet and is withdrawing from the nomination of top dog. Mother of god, what is happening!!!

Posted by: bozobabbling | February 12, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

As American citizens, we need to come to the realization that our branches of gov't on both sides have become extremely corrupt and neither have much vested interest in the average citizen who pays taxes to cover their individual social security, government spend and medicare/medicaid of which most of us will never receive a penny back on. I urge all to log onto http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c111:6:./temp/~c111b7OQO0:e46194: or http://senate.gov/ and begin reading thru the spend that our elected representatives are putting through on our backs for bill: H.R.1 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Engrossed Amendment as Agreed to by Senate) a/k/a Recovering Your Hard Earned Dollars so Gov't Can Shift it To Their Cronies. Don't just listen to the news spun on tv, web or papers, read for yourselves the ridiculous amounts of $'s and how our representatives are proposing they be spent. One of my favorites is a $7B spend under the National Telecommunications and Information Administration broadband technology opportunities program. That's right - $7B so states can identify broadbands, with $350M of it to go toward the salaries and expenses of the lucky ones who get to identify the 'broadband technology! This is scary stuff and we all need to appreciate that the individuals making laws on our behalf are beholding to the individuals and businesses who contributed financially to get them elected. These officials rarely write these bills as it is written on their behalf by lobbyists. And why shouldn't they write it? They run the place. While all 3 branches wag their fingers at Wall Street for their bonuses and salaries, when is the last time you looked at the pensions each of them will receive after one term of service? That's right - one term of service and they are entitled to a pension from us - perhaps we should use their pension funds instead of our social security funds - might see a big slow down on these spend bills. We need to be educating our children on how to get into this public service racket and forgo small business!

Posted by: trumpit | February 12, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Most stupid, angry "president" in history !

America has been cursed with the worst "president" ever.

From the most liberal website in America...

"In an on-plane briefing, Gibbs says the Gregg has been expressing misgivings for days, and told the president of his decision to withdraw in a telephone conversation yesterday, according to the latest pool report.

As to Axelrod's suggestion on the tarmac that Obama only found out from Gregg's release, "I don't think that's what [Axelrod] meant to say," Gibbs said."

"president" Obama is an EPIC FAILURE ! ! !

Posted by: ObamaBiden | February 12, 2009 8:10 PM |


This is what you get when you have generations of people voting on emotion and greed. They announced a few minutes ago that Reid slipped in a little "pay for play" railroad into the "stimulus" package. The only thing that this bill will stimulate is re-election for the weasels that shat it. You can't blame the politicians for acting the same as the voters. People always vote for the candidate that promises the most hand-outs. Yesterday I read an article about a woman in LA standing on a phone booth demanding obama pay her mortgage payments stating that "I voted for him 5 times and I ain't leaving until he pays me". It is truly sad that a voter would think that this is what our government is all about. The dems love these people because they look to the government to control every aspect of their lives and that is what communism is all about. For the first time in my life I am truly ashamed to be an American.

Posted by: LAMFR | February 12, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Nothing has convinced me more on the wisdom of my casting my vote last November for Obama then the "reasoned discourse" on display here by his detractors.

Posted by: CynthiaD1 | February 12, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

So pity Obama.We do not catch it without a large number of garbage being cleared.

Posted by: ramon1892 | February 12, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

To lose one nominee for Secretary of Commerce may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness.

Posted by: donnolo | February 12, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

"Buyers remorse anyone?"

We've been hearing this "buyers remorse" crap since before last years parties nominations. And when Obama was nominated we heard it again as if to imply his candidadcy was doomed.

Hey robtay12003, I guess it's going to be a long four years for you, eh?

Posted by: CynthiaD1 | February 12, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Gregg's excuse doesn't make any sense. He knew about the census change before he accepted the nomination. And he knew that Obama wanted a stimulus package of around $800 billion. So what was the surprise that caused him so much concern today? Or even yesterday?

Maybe it's because he's not a team player and intended to try to please the GOP more than follow the president's lead.

Posted by: infuse | February 12, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

As someone who has always been just about implementing the left wing policies that are needed to make this country viable- this is just another example of no real change- Yes, this is change from Bush- anyone would have been that- but what was that press conference- 30 minutes and 8 unanswered questions- that is politics as usual...what are these nominations- among the only ones that easily cleared was his rival who was supposed to represent the "old school"- guess his allies did that more- since they are the ones who don't make it through the process... and then there is the stimulus- a singularly unambitious way to spend that much money. Yes, it should stimulate the economy- and for that it is good- but any spending would- and tax cuts don't- so 1/3 of it is a relative waste of money to appease repugs- the rest is mostly small thinking projects, some good stuff on renewable energy- but no major structural change or shift such as the beginnings of universal health care or a real, effective public transportation system- what will be remembered from this bill? Where is the TVA- type agency, the WPA? The interstate system? The great society? This is a piecemeal- it lacks a big vision. It's not like congress is likely to be able to come up with another trillion next year to do Universal health or some other grand program- this was it- the opportunity not taken...but Barak never promised anything on policy level- it was always the grand rhetoric. I volunteered for him because I am pragmatic- but he better shake off this beginning and start thinking about really bringing "change" sometime soon- this is just the same old- anyone who thinks that this is even as ambitious as proposals from the Clinton Administration in the 90s- working largely against a Repug controlled Senate, House and judiciary- is fooling themselves...Barak starts compromises by negotiating from the middle rather than by starting from an extreme so as to bargain back- then he is forced to give concessions that push policy toward what the opposition wanted rather than having a few givebacks on what is essentially good policy. This is not a good way to negotiate.

Posted by: nycLeon | February 12, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Trivia question: How many prominent liberal Democrats did George W. Bush offer cabinet posts?

Hint: You don't even need one hand for this counting.

Posted by: CynthiaD1 | February 12, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Senator Gregg has discovered what most of us already knew--despite claims by the mainstream media, Obama is not Abraham Lincoln.
He's not even TODD Lincoln.
This is getting extremely embarrassing.
Buyer's remorse, anyone?

Posted by: robtay12003 | February 12, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

The most astounding part of this tragic Republican soap opera is the level of hypocrisy in the party. Here is Republican party that spent a budget surplus, raised the national budget deficit to about 2 trillion bucks and the national debt to about 12 trillion; a Republican president who gladly ran with a bucket full of taxpayer cash to bail out the finance houses a/k/a his campaign contributors, without demanding accountability as to how money was to be spent--and then these Republican hypocrites in the Congress do everything in their power to block helping the working man. What shameful political midgets the Republicans have become. Is there one real leader among them that wants to help the working people of this country? Is there one leader in the Republican party that can transcend partisan politics, other than the three courageous senators who put country before politics? The Republicans have turned into one pathetic, miserable, flea-bitten carcass of a party.

Posted by: mavajuan | February 12, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Senator Gregg has discovered what the rest of us already knew--despite the mainstream media's claim, Obama is not Abraham Lincoln.
He's not even Todd Lincoln.

Posted by: robtay12003 | February 12, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Gregg, complete proof Republicans are dipwads. Howl on morons.

Posted by: hmmmmmer | February 12, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Today Gregg abandoned this ship that seemingly only turns to port. And given Hilda Solis perceived ethical issues she'll jump ship or the Republicans will make her walk the plank although Obama may want to keelhaul her first. And of course there’s Treasury’s burden little Timmy Geithner who had better get his act together within a couple of weeks he's going to discover an urge need to spend more time with his family. Let’s see to date we have Richardson, Daschle, Gregg, and Killefer with Solis and Geithner pending or at least in the potential category. What is the modern day record for withdrawn or failed cabinet nominees?

Posted by: fenoy | February 12, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I see nothing different Obama has said or done since 2004 and today -- perhaps Gregg's understanding of it morphed overnight between the time he was begging for the job and yesterday, when it came time to vote on the stimulus plan. Gregg seems to claim otherwise.

Obama should have known Gregg either hasn't the courage of his convictions or , far more likely, hasn't got any deeply held beliefs other than politics. We demand omniscience! How DARE the President not realize a man like Gregg would say anything to further his own personal ambitions?

There's something wrong with a vetting process that cannot discern that a politically savvy adult who somehow got himself repeatedly elected to the US Senate would claim to have turned his back on Petty Partisan Politics but actually lack the moral fortitude to stand by his decision.

Posted by: skeetchamp | February 12, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

If this is the kind of thought, judgment and leadership Gregg possesses, the Administration is best rid of him.

Posted by: Rivery | February 12, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Now Gregg is saying he will not stand for re-election. And, the census was not a major disagreement. Me thinks something else is afoot.

Posted by: merrylees | February 12, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Judd Gregg just bit*h slapped Barack Obama...

Posted by: Phil6 | February 12, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

So now Gregg can just be known as the guy that rubber stamped Bushs expansion of federal spending by over 60% and his handling of Wall Street as it ransacked America.

Posted by: metroman76 | February 12, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I hope they replace him with another republican.

Posted by: yarbrougharts | February 12, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

cricket35,

Gregg's career in politics is already ruined. The support of W. during his years was strike one and two. The failure to pivot in light of current realities is strike three -- especially for a Republican from the Northeast; especially in a state that voted almost 10 points in Obama's favor against a New Hampshire friendly Republican like McCain.

Gregg, like many of his GOP colleagues, is probably angling for a nice private sector job once voters fire him. That future employer is going to be his primary concern for the next two years, not the concerns of the people of New Hampshire.

Posted by: JPRS | February 12, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Senator Gregg is only slightly less shallow than the President who was willing to appoint him Did this IDIOT not realize what he was proposing to align himself with when he first sought out and then accepted this appointment? Maybe he had been using TurboTax. He is not fit to return to the Senate but undoubtedly will continue to collect a check. Does anyone else realize that these clowns are totally incompetent yet we have allowed them to indebt us for the next two generations so they can spend a trillion or two? How can the American public believe that just because these clowns were able to win an election that they have some form of superior knowledge that gives them special insight into how to fix the economy or anything else?

Posted by: jshaver001 | February 12, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm really surprised. He has a solid rep. What a great opportunity to do things that will benefit not only his state and the country but generations to come. To pass on the opportunity to serve in such capacity over some issues that, with time, may very well be non-issues is more sad than amazing to me. The man obviously loves his country .. and to pass on this kind of a once in a lifetime chance to put your ideals to work, the kind of ideals that probaby propelled Gregg to government in the first place is stunning. Others call him 'little' but perhaps he should have slept on it. Well, I hope he never says aloud someone should do something about something or another .. he had his chance to do so.

Posted by: tslats | February 12, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Obviously there's more to this than meets the eye. Could it be the complaint before the Senate Select Committee on Ethics about Gregg's role in the illegal appointment of his "pal" and campaign treasurer Francis L. Cramer as an immigration judge?

Posted by: Injured | February 12, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I can't figure out if this guy is just a complete weenie who caved to the Limbaugh-RNC zeitgeist, or a knowing Trojan Horse who set the Obama administration up to be kicked in the cojones.

Either way, what a jerk. Good riddance.

Now let's find a person who actually really knows about commerce to run the department.

Posted by: TruBluz | February 12, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Karl Rove, John Boehner and the Republicans forced Gregg to get in line with the angry Republicans or have his career ruined. We're probably better off with him out of the administration . . . sure there are better candidates that will serve the American people well.

Posted by: cricket35 | February 12, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs to strap on a pair and give it to the rethugs both barrells!! He is gifted enough to make mince meat out of them. Why doesn't he do it?

Posted by: tmcproductions2004 | February 12, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Senator Gregg must have got the memo from his master Rush.

Posted by: srankin1 | February 12, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

RE:"This is the WORST first 100 days in the history of the American presidency. BO has made the US the laughing stock of the world. He should step down immediately and resign the position to someone who actually knows what they are doing."
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Yea, well, if a few missteps and mistakes is now the standard for impeachment, George Bush should have stepped down in after 9-11.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | February 12, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

President Obama is constantly being compared in one way or another to Abraham Lincoln, who he avowedly admires. Perhaps history is repeating itself and we have not yet realized it.

In 1856 and again in 1860, the Whigs had nothing to offer except obstruction at a time when honest engagement and concerted action might might have if not saved the Union, perhaps at least saved the lives of the 600,000 that died in the Civil War. The Whig Party had for all intents and purposes ceased to exist by the 1864 election. I wonder why...

I am wondering whether the concerted efforts at obstruction and obfuscation, anything to stop Democrats from attempting to govern as they have been mandated to do by the people will lead to the descent into irrelevance and eventual extinction of a formerly great party, now turned into a pack of loud, embittered ideologues.

What makes this particularly ironic for me is that even though I am very liberal in my outlook, the only time that I was ever asked to run for office was by the Republicans in my home town. But they were good, solid citizens and hard headed businessmen who heard me speak a few new ideas that sounded interesting. They were pragmatic enough to listen and consider any practical alternative, even from someone who did not march in lock step with them. Those men were not cut from the same shoddy cloth as the people who, at least in party name, have in more recent times replaced them,

Are there no Everett Dirksens or Clifford Cases or Margaret Chase Smiths left in Washington? Real, solid, pragmatic Republicans willing to contribute to the system as a loyal opposition in the interest of saving the nation and its citizens from potential years of financial ruin and despair? If not, then shame on those midgets who now stand in their honored places calling themselves Republicans!

Posted by: eml1 | February 12, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

This seems to be the order of events:
1. Gregg nominated and accepts position.
2. Census moved to report to White House.
3. Gregg resigns.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/02/05/census_director_to_report_to_w.html

If this is the true order of events then it seems Obama was trying to use Gregg - in which case I do not blame Gregg for stepping down

Posted by: Clyde4 | February 12, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

what a dill winky......

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | February 12, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I am not surprised with this withdrawal. Every time that I have the chance to see some of this republicans people faces I see a group of people without soul. That is not an easy comment more is the answer to observe this politic party moving thought our government like zombies. I remember as Mr. Bush have tried to be president 8 years ago I so the same faces.
I am confusing with the republican’s people. It is really a dangerous group trying to reach some kind of dirty target. Every time that they are on TV saying their ideas is really a terrible feeling that something they are doing will be not human. I believe that the life our president can be in danger with so a kind of human being. These people can be lei or creating any kind of monstrous situation to reach their interest. I do not like what is happening now with our new government something is running in opposite direction without to want to work for the American people but for an evil interest. The war in Iraq or Afghanistan is part of these evil souls that needs to kill to reach their goal.

Posted by: dillier | February 12, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

I took some time to review Judd Gregg's voting record over the past 6 years. Gregg consistently voted in favor of secret government surveillance, against the minimum wage, for the war in Iraq, for drilling in ANWR, against more openness on Gitmo detainee procedures, and for tax cuts every chance he got.

He's doing Obama a favor by withdrawing.

We don't need no stinking Bushies....except in jail.

Posted by: angelos_peter | February 12, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

After ten days Gregg finally figures out Obama is a Democrat. Obviously the man is a nitwit, and the nation is better off having him as one of a hundred in the Senate. Now, maybe Obama will appoint a Democrat, and stop trying to please those who lost the election.

Posted by: lowercaselarry | February 12, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Senator Gregg had to withdraw because he's afraid that his master Rush will be mad at him.

Posted by: srankin1 | February 12, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Here's what I think I heard him (Gregg) saying today. He did not think he would be a good team player on a team consisting of folks with differing opinions. He said a lot of things about be independent (as long as his team agrees with him). I welcome his honesty and am delighted at his withdrawal from consideration. There's no shortage of independent group-think groups out there. He'll do well

Posted by: cumchu | February 12, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

This has actually been a pretty well executed 100 days -- especially in light of obstacles thrown up by an extremely bitter and vindictive GOP minority.

Posted by: JPRS | February 12, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

If President Obama insists upon having a serving congressman serve as Commerce Secretary may I suggest Ron Paul? Congressman Paul was laughed at and derided as a nut case by the MSM during the campaign but in the end it turned out that he was the only candidate that had it all right. I think this country needs that kind of vision, not this constant childish arguing between Demopublicans and Republicrats that don't have a dime's worth of difference between them.

Posted by: kettke | February 12, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Just another in a series of very, very, VERY BAD days for Republicans everywhere.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | February 12, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Gregg knows a dog when he sees one.

Posted by: rg019571 | February 12, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama just makes it up as he goes along. That what you get when you elect an empty suit street activist South Chicago Political Hack. He is really is not Presidential. "Present"

Posted by: ChangeWhat | February 12, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

No bmayhewbz President Obama has not made America the laughing stock of the world We are far too horrified by the Republicans who are so desperate for him to fail they would sabotage their own country efforts to deal with the economic crisis.

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Posted by: kylewu86 | February 12, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

This is the WORST first 100 days in the history of the American presidency. BO has made the US the laughing stock of the world. He should step down immediately and resign the position to someone who actually knows what they are doing.

First the debacle of nominating tax cheats, then the ridiculous stimulus bill that hides a pure socialist agenda, now Gregg resigns because he wants to avoid the sinking ship.

The leaks are starting to come out that Obama hand picks his questions at press briefings to "stage" the events. He lied to the American people by stating on record that the Caterpillar would hire new workers if stimulus passed. The CEO is now refuting BO's comments that Caterpillar would hire as soon as sitmulus passed: http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/02/doh-caterpillar.html

Get this guy out of office before he does real harm.

Posted by: bmayhewbz@hotmail.com | February 12, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey how about Michael Bloomberg? He is not just bipartisan but tripartisan having been a Democrat then a Republican and now an Independent.

Posted by: notthatdum | February 12, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Adios Bush Republican Judd Gregg!

Posted by: JPRS | February 12, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse


"President Obama unconditionally supports Rep. Murtha in his ethics investigation."


Sweet !

Posted by: ObamaBiden | February 12, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Senator Gregg: Don't let the door hit ya on the way out. Funny how you could go along with torture, trumped up war in Iraq (& $10 billion per month reconstruction), huge tax cuts for the wealthy, Wall Street deregulation and subsequent financial meltdown, etc., but can't stomach a stimulus package that provides much needed help to regular Americans on the brink of a depression. You're right to leave, you don't belong with an administration which is dedicated to serving the American people, and not just the wealthy.

Posted by: JacksonGA | February 12, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

"This is not a time for partisanship. This is not a time when we should stand in our ideological corners and shout at each other," Gregg said on Feb. 3.

Then Dick Cheney yanked his chain!

Posted by: FedUp1 | February 12, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Judd who?

Posted by: lcarter0311 | February 12, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Commerce Secretary has become the Obama Administration's version of "Defender Against the Dark Arts" teacher.

Posted by: labman57 | February 12, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Flakey springs to mind... glad he is a reug.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | February 12, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Gregg willingly and deliberately sought this position and Obama offered it to him as a sign of respect and goodwill. Now, Gregg slaps him in the face after decrying the partisan practices of Washington. I'm not sure which Republican Senator got to him, but Gregg is surely a spineless ingrate. What's the point of reaching out to rabid dogs if they are simply going to bite you in the ass?

Posted by: billbolducinmaine | February 12, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Changewhat, at least you've done some of the reading. That's a refreshing change of pace from some of the nonsense coming from today's proud know-nothings.

The New Deal, certainly in the early days, was full of vigorous experimentation, some of it probably contradictory. I wonder if many of our GOP friends know that FDR pushed through the Economy Act of 1933, in which wages for federal employees were cut by 20%, veterans pensions reduced by 15% and government departments slashed by 25%. Mr. Keynes in England, as a matter of fact, begged him not to cut, but to borrow and spend, something the old-money Yankee refused to do.

By the way, the veterans pension reduction brought the Bonus Marchers back to Washington. In the first go-round, Hoover sent MacArthur, Eisenhower and Patton to rout them with troops and cavalry. FDR sent the missus, Eleanor, who dispersed them with coffee, cookies and sing-alongs. Different styles, I guess.

The NRA and other acts certainly were meant to limit production and drive up prices. Productive capacity wasn't the problem; deflation was. In other words, a farmer couldn't sell his crop or livestock what it cost him to raise it, for example.

Keep in mind, all the economic measures were taking place in a world that was increasingly at war and embracing totalitarianism of some sort. International trade was in chaos. Everything Roosevelt was trying to do in this environment was to preserve democracy, liberty and order here by depriving homegrown totalitarians and demagogues the power of fear and social unrest.

TVA, rural electrification, water projects, new schools, etc., put people to work, integrated the national economy and provided the infrastructure for winning the war and the post-war economic boom.

Again, given the way of life we've all enjoyed since the New Deal and WWII, it astounds me that somehow FDRs leadership can be denigrated. I can only ascribe it to surprising ignorance or partisan cynicism.

But I'm comfortable his legacy will endure. President Nixon, in office and retirement, was known to say no matter who was president, the most powerful man in Washington remained Franklin Roosevelt.

Again, read Reagan, my GOP friends. Also, David Kennedy's "Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War 1929-1945." part of the excellent Oxford History of the United States. You have nothing to fear but the loss of ridiculous talking points.

Posted by: wordslinger63 | February 12, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama gets credit for trying and showing how hard it is to reach across the aisle. He's earned the scars of bipartisan outreach many times in the 23 days he's been President. Gregg was an active part of the Republican caucus that sought to manipulate the Census by starving the Commerce Department in 2000, he must have been dreaming if he expected to run it.

Gregg gets credit for being true to himself but he earns a demerit for embarrassing himself and the President by accepting the job offer in the first place; didn't he know about the Stimulus last week? Didn't he know Obama was a Democrat? Obama has tried hard enough to bring in Republicans, this incident proves once again that they are not interested. They no longer have a leg to stand on if they accuse him of not reaching out to Republicans.

Posted by: asja | February 12, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse


If Republicans believe so strongly in fossil fuels, why aren't they in the ground doing their part to make more oil?


Posted by: svreader | February 12, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm... So, he wanted the job, got the job, now gives up the job because he doesn't agree with the way the job is to be done? Sounds like the Republican Trust PAC might have had a little chat with Mr. Gregg. Shame on the GOP! You boys and girls had better play nice, or go home!

Posted by: borntorun45 | February 12, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

@atimom134, I'm with you.

Posted by: dsigeorge | February 12, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I hope that as the Republican party circles the field and postures for the showdown, that the American public does not lose sight of how catastrophic it will be for the Republican Party if Obama's stimulus package shows even moderate early success.

If Obama is successful, voters will register their satisfaction as they cast their votes in the 2010 elections. Not only could this radically re-shape the House, 36 Senate seats will be decided in this election.

The Republican party may not rebound for decades.

If America remains in economic crisis, the GOP may survive to fight another day, but if Obama's plan works...well, the GOP will have to turn its' prowess to delivering a dead girl or live boy to the presidential bedroom.

The best endorsement for Obama's plan is the Republicans' opposition.

Posted by: MiaRose | February 12, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

America is learning the difference between successfully running FOR office and successfully running AN office:
Gregg, Daschle, Richardson, etc- Vetting?
Maakes Palin's seem thorough!
Now our commander in chief on his magnificent "stimulant" package-
NYTimes 2/12/09-
"when they finally pass our plan, I believe it will be a major step forward on our path to economic recovery.

And I’m not the only one who thinks so. Yesterday, Jim, the head of Caterpillar, said that if Congress passes our plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off. And that’s a story I’m confident will be repeated at companies across the country — companies that are currently struggling to borrow money selling their products, struggling to make payroll, but could find themselves in a different position when we start implementing the plan. Rather than downsizing, they may be able to start growing again. Rather than cutting jobs, they may be able to create them again.

That’s the goal at the heart of this plan: to create jobs.

But oops. After the president left, Mr. Owens not only did a turnabout on rehiring; he also suggested there may be even more layoffs."

"Oops", NY Times? Before the election you told us Obama was the Messiah....guess not.

Posted by: thecannula | February 12, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

If Republicans believe so strongly in fossil fuels, why aren't they in the ground doing their part to make more oil?

Posted by: svreader | February 12, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Gregg’s REAL reason for withdrawing may never be known, however, what we do know is that his not having absolute control over the CENSUS count is near the top. A few years ago Tommy Boy Delay worked his magic against the Voting Rights Act out in West Texas. The leaders of the GOP Rush and Hannity went for second place trophy. Gives us OUR Republican back. Rush is on record that he wants this Administration to fail.

Posted by: msgbill | February 12, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of appointments, how about Bush..appointing that idiot to the supreme court that even the repubs didnt support?

Posted by: duce275 | February 12, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

This just in...in a brazen act of rebellion, the Obama puppy has just lifted is leg and pee-pee'd on the white house carpet and is withdrawing from the nomination of top dog. Mother of god, what is happening!!!

Posted by: bozobabbling | February 12, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Hillary...come back.

We're sorry.

Posted by: Losercuda | February 12, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Another Repub setup. Gregg the Trojan Horse - right out of Rove's book of dirty tricks. Obama should just shut the Repubs out of EVERYTHING. Period!!!!! These guys are lower than whale s--t.

Posted by: jdudzik | February 12, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

The more Republican posts I see, the more convinced I become of the need for motorcycle helmet laws.

Posted by: svreader | February 12, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Note to Obama and advisors: Please don't call on any more Republicans to serve. They'll only do it if there's something in it for them, and besides, they are hard-wired to be obstructionists.

Posted by: fluxgirl | February 12, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

By this time next week most of those here won't remember this guys name.

Quiz: How many of you knew his name and where he came from before any of this began?

Answer -0-

Posted by: jato1 | February 12, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama never saw this coming, another blow for leader of the sheep for socialist change in america movement. This is a boxer who is on the ropes and is gasping for air, the media is not looking favorably on this, Bob Schieffer of CBS news says this hurts the Obama administration, this is serious. Schieffer likes Obama.

Posted by: bozobabbling | February 12, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Lets look at the scorecard for 1/4 of the way into the first 100 days. Hundreds of Bush policies have been reversed, A Schipps bill for childrens healhcare done, an apparent 800 billion stimulus done and defeat of Republican cloture. A Daschle that resigned for conflicts and Gibbs for stupid party first ideals after Richardson with his own skeletons. Sink or swim Obama has called this stimulus mine.

Posted by: jameschirico | February 12, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Rahm Emanuel strikes again. Good for Senator Gregg for bringing attention to Emanuel's power grab with respect to the census. This must be stopped and Obama should demand Emanuel's resignation before he causes us any more damage. This guy is a threat to our ability to move ahead as evidenced by this fiasco and those that preceded by his glaring mistakes with respect to cabinet appointees. Podesta may need to go also but it is unclear who is putting these names up for confirmation. Obama seems to be out of the loop or too inexperienced to contribute.

Posted by: dsigeorge | February 12, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

great job, rahmie!!!

Posted by: w04equals666 | February 12, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Politics is such great sport. Just when you think they are up by 20 and cruising to victory they start thowing the ball out of bounds and missing easy shots. Then the competition is breathing down thier necks again and you find out you may not be a sure thing.

Posted by: lounatick8 | February 12, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Senator Gregg's discomforts with being "part of a team but not 100 percent with the team", the economic stimulus package and the decision to have the next census director report directly to senior White House officials (i.e. Rahm Emanuel) are all reasons worthy of a courageous politician with principles.

The last reason having to do with the census is a power grab (unpresedented) by Emanuel and it should be strongly opposed by the republicans. I am one who strongly worked for and supported President Obama but, I don't think he has been well served by Emanuel. Obama should demand Emanuel's resignation before this man causes any more damage to all of us.

Posted by: dsigeorge | February 12, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

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Oh republicans... when are you going to learn.... Republicans remind me of a bunch of battered dogs.... they only feel at home when they are beaten and kicked around.

I think it's time for you to STOP trying with these imbeciles and move OUR agenda. Republicans can drown in their own vomit.
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Posted by: A-Voter | February 12, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Democrats can trust Republicans about as far as a mouse can throw an ocean liner.

Posted by: svreader | February 12, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Not a blow to Obama, just to the credibility of the Republicans who are--in the words of GOP Rep. Pete Sessions--America's Taliban.

Gregg lobbied for the position, got it, then pulled a Rove--

please nominate credible Dems, Obama!

Posted by: lichtme | February 12, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

A great post is worth repeating...Posted by lichtman--

"Good Riddance is absolutely correct. I didn't trust Gregg when he first campaigned for the job then started telling POTUS and the governor that he had preconditions before accepting the position. Perhaps he missed the memo that says that it is an honor and priviledge to serve the POTUS. And apparantly Gregg at one time wanted to abolish the Commerce Dept. All this bipartisan effort is a complete watse of time. Except for Senators Collins, Spector and Snowe it now seems obvious that Republicans in Congress put their own narrow ideology ahead of their sacred duty to serve their country. I truly hope that New Hampshire voters, a state that has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, remembers that their Senator opposed the stimulus bill, apparently behind the scenes when he promised his allegiance to the policies of this administration, in 2010. Robert Reich we need you back at Commerce.

"I'm relieved that Gregg has withdrawn. When I heard that he wouldn't vote for the stimulus package I thought Obama should withdraw the nomination immediately when he wouldn't vote for the stimulus package said YellaDog."

Absolutely right. The heck with bipartisanship. The only thing that got us here in Texas was Tom DeLay redistricting. We get it POTUS Obama you want to reach across the aisle. Please stop trying so hard, all you get in return is your hand bitten.

Posted by: leichtman | February 12, 2009 8:04 PM"

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 12, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

RE:"Some village is missing an obamaIdiot."
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Funny - that's what we've been saying about Bush for the last eight years.

Except, in Bush's case, the epithet 'idiot' was entirely appropriate.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | February 12, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe said:

"Please holy, holy giver of all that is free, save us from this total meltdown! Show us how really, really, really smart you are by picking one, just one, decent cabinet member. Please. I LOVE YOU! I LOVE YOU! Kiss me privately, my Tiny Dancer!"

Posted by: ObamaBiden | February 12, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Find a Democrat to do the job, Mr. President.

One who understands just how important the Census is to Red States.

Posted by: RealCalGal | February 12, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

good by to tolerance for dissent and competing ideas, even competing votes fot the next 4 years ladies and gentlemen

Posted by: dummypants | February 12, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse


The selection of Gregg was a politically calculated and disingenuous move by Obama trying to obtain his super majority in the Senate. To further prove how dishonest and insincere the selection was, Obama started reformulate the mission of the Commerce Dept by taking out the census mission. Why put in a republican when you want to redistrict the country. What job was next for Gregg to lose at the Commerce department so why stay. How come Obama cannot find a republican that is not a senator? How about Romney or some other republican business leader. At least this nominee that withdrew did not have a tax problem.

Posted by: FormerNewYorkerNo9 | February 12, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

President Obama: You just can't trust those republicans...they make you look bad even when you are trying to be nice to them.

Posted by: lwps | February 12, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse


broadwayjoe said:
A quick canvassing of other sites...

"Holy crap! Can we exchange this amateur idiot for a real "president? I'm wetting myself over our epic failure!""



Posted by: ObamaBiden | February 12, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse


"Most stupid, angry "president" in history !

America has been cursed with the worst "president" ever.

From the most liberal website in America...

"In an on-plane briefing, Gibbs says the Gregg has been expressing misgivings for days, and told the president of his decision to withdraw in a telephone conversation yesterday, according to the latest pool report.

As to Axelrod's suggestion on the tarmac that Obama only found out from Gregg's release, "I don't think that's what [Axelrod] meant to say," Gibbs said."


"president" Obama is an EPIC FAILURE ! ! !


Posted by: ObamaBiden | February 12, 2009 8:10 PM"
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Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 12, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Gregg is right to be very concerned about BOs plan to politicize the census and manage it within the White House... everyone's personal information will be a few keystrokes away on Axelrod's desk. Books will be cooked.

Posted by: georgejones5 | February 12, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Several other factors also pushed up real labor costs. One factor was the new Social Security taxes instituted in 1936 and 1937. Also, Roosevelt had pushed through a new tax on undistributed corporate profits, expecting this to cause firms to pay out undistributed profits in dividends. Though some firms did pay out part of the retained earnings in larger dividends, others, such as the firms in the steel industry, also paid bonuses and raised wage rates to avoid paying their retained earnings in new taxes. As these three policies came together, real hourly labor costs jumped without corresponding increases in demand or prices, and firms responded by reducing production and laying off employees.

and so on and so forth.... http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/GreatDepression.html

Posted by: ChangeWhat | February 12, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

A quick canvassing of other sites on this Gregg issue indicates Americans:

(1) praise O for his bipartisan gesture of nominating Gregg (folks appreciate the effort),
(2) want O to cut out the "bipartisanship" from now on and just proceed with the agenda he was elected on,
(3) think Gregg (a) was pressured by hardliner GOPers to withdraw or (b) was a GOP Manchurian Candidate sent to mess up the Census and redistricting but, after the Census was taken from him, his plan fell apart,
(4) BHO was set up by Gregg, whom he had no business appointing to Commerce in the first place,
(5) Gregg is a total embarrassment.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 12, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

We here in this modern United States, in it's current condition, can't just throw off the gloves... and agree to agree?

Seems sensible to me...

Posted by: opp88 | February 12, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

The NRA was a vast experiment in cartelizing American industry. Code authorities in each industry were set up to determine production and investment, as well as to standardize firm practices and costs. The entire apparatus was aimed at raising prices and reducing, not increasing, production and investment. As the NRA codes began to take effect in the fall of 1933, they had precisely that effect. The recovery that had seemed so promising in the summer largely stopped, and there was little increase in economic activity from the fall of 1933 through midsummer 1935. Enforcement of the codes was sporadic, disagreement over the codes increased, and, in smaller, more competitive industries, fewer firms adhered to the codes. The Supreme Court ruled the NRA unconstitutional on May 27, 1935, and the AAA unconstitutional on January 6, 1936. Released from the shackles of the NRA, American industry began to expand production. By the fall of 1935 a vigorous recovery was under way.

Posted by: ChangeWhat | February 12, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't sound like typical Yankee behavior. Senator Judd seems to be of two minds.

Posted by: protagoras | February 12, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

"Republican Couldn't Reconcile Views on Stimulus, Census"

You know what this is, Mr. Cillizza?
It's the current conflict of interest between being a decent citizen and being a Republican.
It used to be possible to be both.

Alas.

Posted by: wardropper | February 12, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse


Sleep well knowing this stunningly stupid rookie is your "president".

Some village is missing an obamaIdiot.


Posted by: ObamaBiden | February 12, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

This Good Ole Parisite (GOP) member did nothing more than take one for the team. As I watched his press release you could see the shame and guilt which he faced as he stood up to affirm Republican lies and deception. There is nothing the GOP would rather do than embarrass this Administration. Judd will definately lose his seat in two years. So his taking one for the team was a foolish decision, so his comrades in the GOP could hold the Democrats at 59 seats in the Senate and begin to mount endless filibusters which is the next step for the party of folly.
http://www.need4trth.blogspot.com

Posted by: need4trth | February 12, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse


wordslinger63

The centerpieces of the New Deal were the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA) and the National Recovery Administration (NRA), both of which were aimed at reducing production and raising wages and prices. Reduced production, of course, is what happens in depressions, and it never made sense to try to get the country out of depression by reducing production further. In its zeal, the administration apparently did not consider the elementary impossibility of raising all real wage rates and all real prices. cont.

Posted by: ChangeWhat | February 12, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Gregg got a better deal. He will be one of the right wing point men in the upcoming "census" battle they have focus grouped. I guess sniping from the sidelines pays better than working on solutions for America.

Posted by: fletc3her | February 12, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

So let me see if I have this straight. Gregg LOBBIES for the job, then once he's announced sets preconditions on who his replacement can be in NH, as if programming from the central GOP mind meld computer kicked in his tiny brain. Then he observes the activities for all of ONE WEEK and says, "It became clear to me to me that it would be very difficult day in and day out to serve in this Cabinet."

Whatkind of moron is this man? Did he not think things through far enough to realize that a Republican who loyally swallowed Bush's ridiculous directives for eight years might disagree with a man who actually puts the interests of the American people first? Now I've seen it all. What a brain dead partisan this hamster is!

Posted by: bernie11 | February 12, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Has President Obama considered Mitt Romney as Comm Secretary? He's the only one with experience turning a deficit into a surplus.

Posted by: servicesmile | February 12, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Most stupid, angry "president" in history !

America has been cursed with the worst "president" ever.

From the most liberal website in America...

"In an on-plane briefing, Gibbs says the Gregg has been expressing misgivings for days, and told the president of his decision to withdraw in a telephone conversation yesterday, according to the latest pool report.

As to Axelrod's suggestion on the tarmac that Obama only found out from Gregg's release, "I don't think that's what [Axelrod] meant to say," Gibbs said."


"president" Obama is an EPIC FAILURE ! ! !



Posted by: ObamaBiden | February 12, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

wordslinger: its simple it called Historical Revisionism. To the right we now learn that FDR caused the great depression even though it started years before he was even in office. And next I am ceratin that we will hear that the policies of W had absolutely nothing to do with this current recession. You don't like history. Its simple. Just go to Wikopedia and rewrite it.

Posted by: leichtman | February 12, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Good Riddance is absolutely correct. I didn't trust Gregg when he first campaigned for the job then started telling POTUS and the governor that he had preconditions before accepting the position. Perhaps he missed the memo that says that it is an honor and priviledge to serve the POTUS. And apparantly Gregg at one time wanted to abolish the Commerce Dept. All this bipartisan effort is a complete watse of time. Except for Senators Collins, Spector and Snowe it now seems obvious that Republicans in Congress put their own narrow ideology ahead of their sacred duty to serve their country. I truly hope that New Hampshire voters, a state that has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, remembers that their Senator opposed the stimulus bill, apparently behind the scenes when he promised his allegiance to the policies of this administration, in 2010. Robert Reich we need you back at Commerce.

"I'm relieved that Gregg has withdrawn. When I heard that he wouldn't vote for the stimulus package I thought Obama should withdraw the nomination immediately when he wouldn't vote for the stimulus package said YellaDog."

Absolutely right. The heck with bipartisanship. The only thing that got us here in Texas was Tom DeLay redistricting. We get it POTUS Obama you want to reach across the aisle. Please stop trying so hard, all you get in return is your hand bitten.

Posted by: leichtman | February 12, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm fascinated by the current GOP invocation the "failures" of FDR and the New Deal policies, usually based on unemployment rates through the Depression. Is there a Herbert Hoover Fan Club out there?

Most amusing though is some idea that FDR was a proponent of socialism. That's absurd on its face; he was no ideologue of any kind. FDR's overriding concerns, with both his economic and war policies, were to save capitalism, liberty, democracy here and around the world.

He came into power in 1932, the same year as Hitler. Fascism and Communism were on the march. Business, political and academic elites around the world were certain that democracy was dead and advocated replacing it with one or the other. Take a look at Lucky Lindy and Joe Kennedy, for example.

The New Deal economic policies may not have stemmed unemployment in a world torn asunder by war and lack of markets, but they certainly laid the foundation for the modern postwar economy -- which I think we can all agree has been pretty good to us.

FDR, more than any other statesman, was responsible for saving Western Civilization from the Fascist and Communist barbarians.

You don't have to take my word for it. Read Churchill. Or read Reagan, who wrote and spoke til he no longer could of his admiration for FDR and the New Deal, and why he voted with the majority of Americans four times for certainly the greatest president of the 20th Century.

Posted by: wordslinger63 | February 12, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse


Overheard today in the Chief of Staff's office.

Barack; "Hey Rahm, how they hanging?"

Rahm; "Let me check. They are hanging to the left, why?"

Barack; "Just a figure of speech Rahm, you aren't supposed to take the question literally."

Rahm; "Sorry Mister President. I had a sheltered childhood. We didn't discuss our packages."

Barack; "Not a problem. I grew up in Hawaii. We always did. But, I'm tolerant with my staff, so you are excused. The reason I'm calling you Rahm, is did you talk to Geithner about finding some dirt at the IRS regarding this Judd Gregg character?"

Rahm; "Yes. Geithner couldn't come up with a thing. Gregg pays his taxes like clockwork. The guy is almost TOO HONEST. There's something wrong with him. Maybe he's a Mormon. He's turning up cleaner than Donnie and Marie Osmond."

Barack; "Cleaner than Maria? Wow. Well, I just got off the phone with the FBI. They can't find anything either. For chrissakes Rahm, Judd Gregg has never even used drugs! How unamerican is that?!?

Rahm "I hear you."

Barack; "Dang Rahm.. by the time I was 4, I was sniffing glue.. at 7 years i was smoking crack. By 10, I was making 6 figures dealing out of the trunk of my caddie convertible... why, by the time I was 13, I had piloted my first plane-load flying under radar out of Afghanistan.."

Rahm, "Well, you always were a self starter Barack. So what are you going to do about Gregg?"

Barack; "I gotta let him go. If he pays his taxes.. and he doesn't use drugs.. what good is he to me and my administration? We're a band of tax evaders and dog kickers, Rahm. Look at our black leather jackets. We already got the backs of our jackets embroidered with big red letters "THE OBAMINATORS - DON'T F* WITH US!" We can't let anyone screw that up Rahm. If only there was SOMETHING he's done, then we could keep him.. "

Rahm; "Maybe he's a wife beater."

Barack; "nope."

Rahm; "A serial killer?"

Barack; "nope."

Rahm; "Pattern arsonist?"

Barack; "nope."

Rahm; "illegal weapons dealer?"

Barack; "nope."

Rahm; "Extortionist?"

Barack; "nope."

Rahm; "Exhibitionist?"

Barack; "nope."

Rahm; "pimp? kleptomanic? jay walker?"

Barack; "nope. nope. and nope. That's the thing, Rahmmy. Judd Gregg is TOO FRIGGIN GOOD. I'm gonna have to let him go... I see no choice."

Rahm; "I agree. You don't want a goody-two-shoes on your staff. It'll ruin your reputation. Just be easy on him when you tell him."

Barack; "I will Rahm.. thanks good buddy. Say, Rahm.. did you rip off that blind vendor down the street again? Give him a $1 and tell him he owed you change for a $5?"

Rahm; "I sure did Obama! It felt great, too!"

Barack; "You're da man, Stan! Stay cool, fool! Whip it out, Mister Sprout!"

Rahm; "You mean, HERE?"

Barack; "Not literally, Rahm.. not literally."

Rahm, "Aaaaaaahhh.. Just testing you!"

Barack; "You kidder, you!"

Posted by: DriveByPoster | February 12, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

The venom from these liberal comments is dripping on my desk and has already killed my lizard. Just a reminder to those who can't wait to start receiving government handouts:

"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money [to spend]." M. Thatcher

"Socialism is a long and painful way to capitalism" German reporter of the fall of the USSR

Posted by: arctic | February 12, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Richardson, Geithner, Daschle, Killefer, Zinni, Gregg, ... Did anyone in the wildest nightmares really expect this 3-1/2 weeks ago? Change we can believe in?! Same circus, different clowns.

Posted by: B_R_D | February 12, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

He was the wrong choice from the beginning. You can't ask people who don't believe in something to do it. Its why the government hasnt worked for the past 8 years. Lots of Judd Greggs doing nothing but holding high positions in the government. Thats why we are in the mess we are in.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | February 12, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Remeber folks, were talking about a party with the likes of Karl Rove, Scooter libby, Gonzalas, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Ruah Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, you know, the white supremist, nazi loving true American. This was all a publicty stunt, just like all voting no on the first stimulus bill. Republicans are not a party for the government, there a cult that believes, everone is wrong and there right. They don't trust ANYONE, are hhypicrits and do not care one bit if this country goes under... NEWS FLASH..this stimulus bill WILL work, the economy WILL turn around and Obama will be re-elected in 2012. And from not on democrats, tell the republicans to to stick it where the sun don't shine. We've seen how they lead the last eight years. The only thing they've done is lead the USA into a recession. Good bye republicans, come back when you grow up. Party of principle, when? The last eight years, or now when your not in charge. Compulsive liars that need a serious 12 step program is the only thing that will help these phony Americans.

Posted by: kubrickstan | February 12, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

PAY ATTENTION! Gregg's rationale for quitting sounds very hollow. Most likely, Dick Cheney was behind this as there are indications that he is still calling the shots in his party.

The Taliban Republican party's monolithic discipline is just a repeat of what it was during the 8 years of Bush/Cheney.

In addition, as Cheney's recent interview with Politico shows, he's still actively peddling lies and fears. He does NOT want Obama to succeed in helping the American people out of this dreadful crisis.

Moreover, it is a fact that Cheney and Rush Limbaugh have been traditionally very close.

My belief is not that Cheney dictates every one of Rush's talk shows, but that he gives Limbaugh the general line and stays in touch to confirm and strengthen the tirades.

Posted by: FedUp1 | February 12, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

We here in this modern United States, in it's current condition, can't just throw off the gloves... and agree to agree?

Posted by: opp88 | February 12, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Re: charlietuna6661: "Ever seen a successful democrap businessman? didn't think so..........all they do is run their mouths......cause they have nothing else to run."

Very clever mixing of the words "democrat" and "crap." Not as brilliant as freedom fries, but you are well on your way. Speaking of successful Democratic businessmen, ever hear of Warren Buffett? If you had any shame, you would be apologizing for the Bush years. Why don't you apply your brilliance by figuring out how to repay the $5 trillion that the GOP added to our national debt since 2000?


Posted by: jimestw | February 12, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

"It became clear to me to me that it would be very difficult day in and day out to serve in this Cabinet,"

And this only just occurred to Sen. Judd? Afterall, it was Judd who asked to be considered for the post, not the other way around. Either he doesn't think things through very well or the Republican leadership put him up to it just to embarrass President Obama or there's a scandal lurking just below the surfice.

In any event none of these probable reasons speak well of Sen. Judd.

Posted by: laSerenissima2003 | February 12, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Bob22003
“We thought we got rid of the Nazis in 1945. Not so. These corporatist pigs, phony religious zealots, and Federalist Society right-wing extremists will not stop until they're back in power.”

"There are very few people of principle in the Republican Party other than those whose principle is to advantage the corporate sector and wealth donors. They are nothing but parasites, sucking the wealth out of the middle class for their own advantage.”
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Poor Bob, he is intellectually incapable of any independent analysis so he resorts to mouthing simple-minded Marxist slogans and juvenile class warfare rhetoric. Obviously he’s an angry malcontent desperately seeking a scapegoat to blame for all of his personal shortcomings.

It’s very sad to witness a pathetic dummy mouthing cant without the slightest clue as to the identity of the ventriloquist who is manipulating his lips

Help is on the way Bob; the Messiah will rescue you from your imaginary demons and those ubiquitous voices inside your head.

Posted by: dcn1 | February 12, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

GOOD RIDDANCE I SAY! Republicans are just one notch above bankers and one below realestate brokers on the sleeze pile. Alloowing them to contaminate things with their warped ideology is complete nonsense. If it walks like a duck, talks, like a duck, then it must be a duck. Intelligent voters know better than to elect these guys and I think the President, as well intended as he may be, should not waste his time trying to rehabilitate these bozos.

Posted by: inewsmaster | February 12, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

This is the best thing that could happen to the Obama administration, He should now see that you cannot trust Republicans, Gregg knew all about the stimulus before he took the postion and he accepted the job, its very clear that the supervisor and boss of the Republican Party Rush Limbaugh and other right wingers got to him. GOOD RIDDANCE yes, there have been issues with the Cabinet which most new administrations take a while to get their sea legs. Frankly, I am tired of the bi-partisan stuff, Obama tried and they do not want to work with him, their daddy Rush said he wants him to fail. The Repukes are following their leader. But, he will not fail because the American people are behind Obama. Now, lets go and get that 60th vote so we can ignore the Repukes.

Posted by: historygal | February 12, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

A skunk can't change his stripes any more then a leopard his spots.

Posted by: OldCoot1 | February 12, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

You work for the president not the Republican party when you take a Secretary level job. He can't support his boss, he can't work for him. There are some qualified Latino women that would be perfect for the spot, I hope Obama looks there. Commerce is the director of job creation and should concentrate on small business help. The government should buy at least one bank in every geographic area to handle small business loans. It would be cheaper and create credit that is now withheld by the banks. Across the board tax cuts for middle and low income Americans puts more coin in their pockets, but does not give the push needed to restart the economy.

Posted by: jameschirico | February 12, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

RE: "Bravo for Gregg! Boo! Hiss! For Comrade Der
Leader Dictator Barack Hussein Obama and that Village Idiot Obnoxious White House
Press Secretary Creep Gibbs! Bring Back
Dopey Dana Perino and FIRE Dippy Gibbs!"
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Dictator?? LOL.

Of all the inane and illogical posts, this one takes the prize.

What can this possibly mean?

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | February 12, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Gregg was fine with Barack O-Rat.

Until, the South-side Chi-town hustling rat-snake.
Pulled a fast one with concern to the control of the census going to the white house.
So it could be rigged in the Demo-rats favor.

Impeach The Kenyan Hoodrat.

Posted by: dashriprock | February 12, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The politically astute deployment of relief and public works money gave FDR considerable advantages in the 1936 presidential election campaign. Virginia's Democratic senator Carter Glass acknowledged that "the elections would have been much closer had my party not had a four billion, eight hundred million dollar relief bill as campaign fodder." FDR's Folly

Posted by: lure1 | February 12, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

"he and President Obama were too different ideologically for the pairing to work. "This was simply a bridge too far for me," Gregg said of his decision."

Yeah it would be a shame to let ideology get in the way of serving your country.

Posted by: mikem1 | February 12, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Gregg’s decision is not surprising to me at all. It appears that many of the negative comments made by Republicans regarding the current administration are disappointing. President Obama inherited this mess from the most incompetent president in the history of our country. Republicans should blame themselves and the former Republican president for this mess. Repeatedly, Republicans gave George W. Bush a blank check to spend as he pleased. Americans can also assume some blame for the mess we’re in too. We gave the last administration more power than any President has ever had. He repeatedly lied to the American people. Then, we re-elected him a second term…Go figure…

Once Democrats took control of the House and the Senate, it was too late. They had no choice but to support Bush, because the Republicans ruled the country with FEAR. If the Democrats did not support the former administration they were made villains.

Republicans are being sore losers. I appreciate President Obama trying to manage the country in a bipartisan fashion. We need to come together. What happened to the idea of being ONE country? Although, I was not alive during the McCarthy era, the last eight years has felt similar to that era. If you didn’t support big spending by the Republican government over the last eight years, you labeled as Anti-American. Especially if the spending was for the war that has gone from one war to now two wars.

After George W. Bush took office, I was told by my Republican friends to get over it. Bush was our president now...Well my advice to the conservative-Republicans “Get over it!” President Obama is in charge now. Republicans, you squandered and mismanaged the country that YOU love. Enough is enough! Shame on you! I

Posted by: DAPeace | February 12, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm relieved that Gregg has withdrawn. When I heard that he wouldn't vote for the stimulus package I thought Obama should withdraw the nomination immediately. Cabinet members MUST support the agenda of the President. If they can't do that, they don't belong in the cabinet PERIOD! I'm embarrasssed that Gregg figured this out before the Obama administration. I hope they do not repeat this sorry performance and reach across the proverbial aisle to another opponent of their policies.

Posted by: YellaDog | February 12, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

"My guess is that Senator Gregg would like to be Commerce Secretary but that his caucus pressured him to withdraw. His caucus has clearly decided that its strategy for dealing with the Obama administration is to be obstruction, and if obstruction is your strategy, then absolutely the first, most crucial thing you've got to obstruct is any and alls moves toward bipartisanship.

Posted by: Alexis3 | February 12, 2009 7:10 PM"

We think the above analysis is probably correct. Originally Gregg reached out to Obama for the Commerce job, not the other way around, and until now had said nothing negative about the stimulus package. Gregg possibly bowed to Haterade pressure from bigo- ,er, conservatives.

Oh well.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 12, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Bravo for Gregg! Boo! Hiss! For Comrade Der
Leader Dictator Barack Hussein Obama and that Village Idiot Obnoxious White House
Press Secretary Creep Gibbs! Bring Back
Dopey Dana Perino and FIRE Dippy Gibbs!

Posted by: Sue122583 | February 12, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Changewhat: time to change your underwear, they're in a knot. You don't have a clue about FDR and the Depression. BTW, next time you're in Washington, there is a fantastic memorial dedicated to the greatest president of the 20th century, possibly in the history of our country.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | February 12, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Since all these democrap poser posters think so lowly of Republicans, might I suggest that my Republican Friends not hire any democraps in the future. Keep it to yourselves. Just put these little turds in their places. Put your money in gold and in your safe deposit boxes. Show these little weasels they need us to show them how to do anything. Ever seen a successful democrap businessman? didn't think so..........all they do is run their mouths......cause they have nothing else to run.

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | February 12, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs' spin makes me LOL. To paraphrase his use of Obamanian language, "In reality Senator Judd was never really considered at all. In fact, he came begging to us. We are not surprised, alarmed, even miffed. We knew this would happen all along. There was never any posturing in this. There was never any estimation of the Senate makeup. The onus is entirely on him, and really we are glad to be 'Judd-free." This goes to show the narrow-mindedness of the right and the biting of the hand that's trying to feed it. Census, what census? That's a minor administrative matter that has no bearing at all. Have a nice day. We're happy. We're fine, here at the factory..."

Posted by: davidm4 | February 12, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Why did Sen. Gregg accept the nomination in the first place? Good riddance.

Posted by: smc91 | February 12, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Obviously both Gregg and Obama are people of strong convictions. I respect them both, but also, obviously, it was Obama who was elected president.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | February 12, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

All you morons who buy the heritage foundation crock about FDR prolonging the Depression have narry a clue. Try a simple piece of logic since you seem simple minded. If FDR was prolonging the Depression, why did he win overwhelming victory in 1936, 1940 and 1944? Why was it that when he decided in 1936 to scale back New Deal programs that it caused a short but decisive recession? Why did the economy get steadily better? And where do you think the infrastructure that allowed the nation to have such profound and prolonged growth after WWII come from? Even republioncs were not so stupid that they did not see how well the ideas and ideals of the New Deal worked. Ike was a slightly more conservative version of Truman and Kennedy.

As to this nmrod - why would he make such a show of taking the job only to retract 2 weeks later? Either he has some dirt he does not want exposed, or he did this on purpose, or he is such an idiot he thought that President Obama was not really a Democrat.

Posted by: John1263 | February 12, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

"Barry, Axe, and Rahm -- it's like 'Entourage'. I can't wait for the HBO series. "

Rahm's brother is acctually the inspiration for one of the characters in the show.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 12, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

RE:"FDR was a disaster and his policies prolonged the Depression. Do your homework."
================================
I stand by my statements.

I don't get my history lessons from the Heritage Foundation.

But even if I posit that what you say is true, it wouldn't change the fact that my father benefited from employment during the New Deal. Too bad you consider that a 'failure.' My family certainly doesn't.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | February 12, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: kolebob-
I don't know what to think,Rush hasn't commented on it yet.
----------------------------------------
I think you listen to Rush too much- but keep listening.

Posted by: 12oreo | February 12, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Bob22003

LOL

Posted by: ChangeWhat | February 12, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

The Gregg withdrawal was hardly "a major blow" to the Obama Adminstration.

Far from it. Again BHO extended a hand to GOP extremists and it was gnawed off. If anything it was a blessing in disguise, or good riddance, as one poster put it.

Gregg's high-school stunt (or set-up) mainly embarrassed and discredited Gregg --What? Did Gregg just hear about the stimulus package (the opposition to which Gregg claims was a reason for his withdrawal)? Did he not know of BHO's progressive agenda, which is laid out in countless briefing books and on endless websites. Come on.

The nomination of Gregg, an extremist GOPer, to head an agency (Commerce) that, years earlier, he fought hard to abolish NEVER made any sense.

Also, the fact that, just after the Gregg nomination, BHO saw the need to strip Commerce of responsibility for the Census reflected the widespread concerns from black and Hispanic groups about whether Gregg could be fair in conducting the census.

Once in BHO's cabinet, Gregg would have been undermining it from Day One and probably would have dramatically resigned midterm in some faux policy dispute.

To paraphrase what Patrick Swayze said in "Road House," be nice until it's time not to be nice. BHO, it is way past time not to be nice. With the voice of GOP hardliners, Rush Limbaugh, broadcasting that he "hopes that Obama fails, the bipartisanship Obama sought was never going to happen.

Let's hope this finally and forever puts an end to BHO's reaching out to Southern Strategy-style hatemongers who were convinced his Presidency would not occur in their lifetime.

The pool of progressive talent wanting to join the BHO Administration is far too wide and deep to get stuck with a Gregg. (BHO got 500,000 resumes, more than ten times what the previous Adminstration got.) BHO needs to revamp his selection and vetting staff soon--like yesterday...

BHO's experiment (give him credit for trying) in "bipartisanship," which no one outside inside-the-Beltway BroderWorld cares about, must end now, for his sake and the Nation's.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 12, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

EnemyOfTheState

FDR was a disaster and his policies prolonged the Depression. Do your homework.

Posted by: ChangeWhat | February 12, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he was just was tired of prostituting himself like the rest of the politicians.

Posted by: chief_pace | February 12, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

RE:The reality that Obama needs to recognize is that the New Deal was a financial disaster- actually far worse than the market downturn that lead to it."
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Really.

Not a disaster for the millions of people it put to work and families it saved from starvation.

Not a disaster for the country's infrastructure, which saw thousands of projects, large and small, that enriched their communities and provided support for succeeding generations.

Not a disaster for people looking for hope, with an unemployment rate approaching 25 percent.

Not a disaster for my dad and grandfather, who supported their families with the income provided by a living wage.

At the end of the day, I guess it depends on what you really value. I can see what Republicans value. Thanks, but no thanks.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | February 12, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Nissl

Obama is partisan and Pelois and Reid exemplify partisanship. To Lib Dems bipartisanship is doing it their way...no thanks. Now, go start your campaigning.

Posted by: ChangeWhat | February 12, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I nominate Lou Dobbs for commerce secretary.

Posted by: blakesouthwood | February 12, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I am incredibly disturbed by the idea of changing the way the census works. It is not supposed to be administered by the Prez, it's supposed to be in the legislative branch. There is a breach of the constitution in there somehow - and no one cares? WOW.
It completely reminds me of how the clinton administration was trying to change things in the census so they could basically statistically manipulate the data. I was completely against it then - and would be now, if the administration (or anyone) would say that that's what they would like to do. It's a little disconcerting. The census will determine the electoral college for the next prez election - and reps for the states. Hmmm.
I'm proud of Mr. Gregg (who I've never really heard of) for sticking to his principles. At least he has some.

Posted by: atlmom1234 | February 12, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs to stop playing nice. The Republican Party understands political power and is willing to get and keep it by any means necessary, including by subverting the institutions of government, the military, and the Constitution. We thought we got rid of the Nazis in 1945. Not so. These corporatist pigs, phony religious zealots, and Federalist Society right-wing extremists will not stop until they're back in power.

Gregg knew exactly what he was doing. He knows he's going to be replaced by a Democrat in 2010, so he played suicide bomber to embarrass the Obama team. There are very few people of principle in the Republican Party other than those whose principle is "gain and use power" to advantage the corporate sector and wealth donors. They are nothing but parasites, sucking the wealth out of the middle class for their own advantage.

Posted by: Bob22003 | February 12, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

A message for Sen. Judd: "Daaaaaaah!

Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | February 12, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that Senator Gregg would like to be Commerce Secretary but that his caucus pressured him to withdraw. His caucus has clearly decided that its strategy for dealing with the Obama administration is to be obstruction, and if obstruction is your strategy, then absolutely the first, most crucial thing you've got to obstruct is any and alls moves toward bipartisanship.

Posted by: Alexis3 | February 12, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

For a guy that is so brilliant, Obama sure is stupid. LOL


D'oh! Caterpillar CEO Contradicts President on Whether Stimulus Will Allow Him to Re-Hire Laid Off Workers

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/02/doh-caterpillar.html

Posted by: ChangeWhat | February 12, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Gregg campaigned for this job. He said he thought the stimulus was a good idea. All I can figure is that the GOP put pressure on him to step down. Let's see if he sticks to his word today about not running again in 2010. Either way this move is totally lacking in class.

Obama has done more than enough to meet Republicans halfway with an open hand and they have offered nothing but the clenched fist of obstructionism. Coming out of the November election I was concerned about Democrats controlling both congress and the White House, and I was hoping Republicans would start to reformulate a new set of governing principles. Now I will spend a lot of time and effort trying to get the Democrats to 60 in the Senate in 2010 so they can ignore the Republicans outright.

Posted by: Nissl | February 12, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse


...my sensors indicate there is more here then meets the eye...

...get the tax returns on this guy quick...

...before he covers his tracks...

Posted by: moon-base-alpha | February 12, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Thank God, I am soooo tired of this BIPARTISAN CRAP, make the Rebubs caucus in the basement like they made us. I hope Obama breaks that olive branch over Boehner's head!

Posted by: AKShrubhater | February 12, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

the republican fascists don't belong in America

Posted by: muslit | February 12, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse


WASHINGTON DAILY ENQUIRER - Our reporters have just found out why Republican Senator Judd Gregg has withdrawn from consideration of Secretary of Commerce for President Barack Obama.

Quoting his spokesperson; "Mr Gregg received a telephone call today from President Obama, the president asked Senator Gregg to withdraw his name immediately. Obviously the Senator was surprised by this request, and asked the President for an explanation. The President told him, "I'm sorry Judd, but I just can't have you on my cabinet staff. We did a little further vetting on you, and you have diligently been paying your income taxes. Obviously you will not fit in with my choices. I am trying hire only tax evaders, and when someone like you comes along, it just screws everything up. I hope you understand. But Judd? If you can swing not paying your taxes this April, or at least claim 10 or 20 thousand dollars worth of questionable deductions, and become an IRS outlaw, then maybe next year we can talk. Is that a deal?"

"Of course Senator Gregg refused the President's offer", the spokesperson added.

Posted by: DriveByPoster | February 12, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Gregg, unusual for a Republican, did the right thing. It was undoubtedly this sense of value and judgment that led President Obama to select him in the first place.

Now, if Geithner will do the same, Barack can appoint someone to Treasure who was not and is not a part of the problem.

I am available for Commerce, by the way. I don't know any more about the economy than the rest of these clowns, but at least I will admit that I am guessing.

Posted by: cwcrosby42 | February 12, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

OK, Obama has made the effort to reach out. Time now to round out his cabinet with the people he really wants. No one can say he hasn't tried to be inclusive.

Well, the GOPpers will say so, but the facts obviously show otherwise.

But then, GOPpers aren't real big on recognizing facts, since the truth has a well-known liberal bias, right?

Posted by: tellthetruth01 | February 12, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Gregg's been around long enough to know a sinking ship when he sees one, lol

Fact is that Keynsian economic policy was comprehensively discredited a long, long time ago.

The reality that Obama needs to recognize is that the New Deal was a financial disaster- actually far worse than the market downturn that lead to it. He needs to stop basing his policies on dumbed-down civics-text versions of events and consider economic logic.

And the president has decided to demonize private enterprise, just as FDR did, as a way to present government as the great savior… so typical of socialists with no business or executive managerial experience.

You cannot make a country rich by looting taxpayers, then paying people to pour cement and pick up trash. These activities amount to capital consumption- and are not sources of productive investment. One can say that they are either useless or needed tasks, but it is not a matter of ideology as to whether such public projects will make us all wealthier... they WILL NOT. - Do enough of this nonsense, distorting incentives and crippling the guiding hand of the market, and you can destroy the livelihoods of an entire generation-

http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com

Posted by: ReaganiteRepublican | February 12, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Commerce: Go to the private sector for this person.

HHS: Former Governor John Kitzhaber of Oregon. He's a retired emergency room doc (not one who diagnoses end-of-life issues via teleconference, either); he's absolutely fluent in Medicare/Medicaid regs and no friend of the insurance industry; he's run a state and balanced the budget; and the Oregon Health Plan was a success until it was gutted by the '01 recession (and Oregon's formerly Republican-led legislature).

Posted by: tellthetruth01 | February 12, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

This is not a major blow. This is cause for celebration. I thought the pick was a mistake from the git-to. Hooray! One less Republican near the controls of power.

Posted by: SarahBB | February 12, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Gregg's rationale for quitting sounds very hollow. Most likely, Dick Cheney was behind this as there are indications that he is still calling the shots in his party.

The Taliban Republican party's monolithic discipline is just a repeat of what it was during the 8 years of Bush/Cheney.

In addition, as Cheney's recent interview with Politico shows, he's still actively peddling lies and fears. He does NOT want Obama to succeed in helping the American people out of this dreadful crisis.

Moreover, it is a fact that Cheney and Rush Limbaugh have been traditionally very close.

My belief is not that Cheney dictates every one of Rush's talk shows, but that he gives Limbaugh the general line and stays in touch to confirm and strengthen the tirades.

Posted by: FedUp1 | February 12, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse


...what was Joe Lieberman today? Was he a Republican, or Democrat? Or was he both...

...cause he could be the bipartisan person in the administration...

...if he was bipartisan today...

...or was he bipolar...

...or bilingual...

...or bisectual?...

...on second thought, I don't think Joe BiLieberman is the man for the job after all...

Posted by: moon-base-alpha | February 12, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I am THRILLED that Gregg will now no longer become Commerce secretary. I was terrified what a GOPper however benign would be able to handle that, given the pressures to skew the Census within his party!

I get a kick out of all the moaning and groaning about "bipartisanship." The GOP has been acting like recalcitrant children, and perhaps it's time for Obama to let them know that if they're only interested in misbehaving then it's TIME-OUT for the GOP.

Posted by: ethanquern | February 12, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

This guy is a first class JERK. It didn't occur to him until just now that he and Obama would have basic differences of views on the issues. It must have been fairly obvious to him already, yet he went through with this, insisted on getting the special deal where he could require a Democratic governor to appoint a Republican replacement, and then he pulls out anyway. Didn't it occur to him that the Cabinet will need a Commerce Secy THIS YEAR, not by the middle of 2010. Perhaps this is part of the Republican Taliban-style insurgent tactics - do whatever to disrupt, delay, confuse the opposition (well, their opposition, which is in fact the leadership). Here's my view: Obama has more than fulfilled his promise to Give Bipartisanship a Chance, but the Republicans simply are not interested. This is the first ineffective program that needs to be cut.

Posted by: marecek | February 12, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Chris, please--only in the DC bubble is such trifle considered to be a "cataclysmic shock." You guys need to get some fresh air. Judd Gregg will retire in the same cloak of anonymity that he currently enjoys.

Posted by: marca1 | February 12, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

DOA GOP SOB

Posted by: svreader | February 12, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Chris, please--only in the DC bubble would this blip be considered a "cataclysmic shock." You guys need to get some fresh air. Whose Judd Gregg anyhow?

Posted by: marca1 | February 12, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Did he have a tax problem? A same sex problem? A fraud problem? hmmmmm

Posted by: Toughcookies | February 12, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse


NEWSFLASH, Whitehouse - President Barack Obama has just announced that he has selected former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich as his new Secretary of Commerce.

In the President's words, "Yes, I chose Rodo the Blogo for several reasons. First is that I know him very well. We used to hold up convenience stores together, and second, who better to know about trade and commerce than someone who can create a opportunity to make an honest buck by selling a vacated Senate seat? And if that wasn't enough, I felt honored that it was MY seat he chose to sell. I know Rahm "Guido" Emanuel is going to be surprised by this appointment, and I also know that the three of us are going to have a lot of spaghetti dinners together in celebration.. and I'm not talking about celebrating republicans wearing concrete galoshes.. if you know what I mean. Now I must leave for Air Force One. I plan on flying really low over some impoverished small towns tonight in Pennsylvania.. I'm not going to stop, I'm just to give the little people a thrill... plus I might toss my McDonald's trash out the window as I fly over.. that's always fun... watching the little people try to catch it, not knowing what it is."

Posted by: DriveByPoster | February 12, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Republican Senators can help their states the best by going back to their home state and working for a local McDonalds.

If they do that, the voters of America agree to order fries with our hamburgers.

Posted by: svreader | February 12, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

To be kind,Obama appears to need a tutorial
on leadership.He can`t seem to get out of his own way.I do like his speeches.Maybe we can leave him in campaign mode and put him on the road so he`ll be ready for the next election cycle!

Posted by: bowspray | February 12, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Senator Cregg, don't let the door hit your rear end on the way out.


Posted by: svreader
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Ha ha ha ha, good short post and true.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | February 12, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

So much for bipartisanship. All other cabinet designees accepted going in that their job was to implement the policies set forth by our popular President. Sen. Gregg was obviously dishonest when he accepted the appointment.

Gregg and the other Republicans are missing the point. The American electorate has rejected their neanderthal thinking and has voted for the country to undertake a new direction. Republicans somehow are unable to accept that their bankrupt ideas have been rejected.

Admittedly, Gregg was a strange choice to begin with, considering his history. But he had a chance to rise above politics. Instead he became mired in pre-postpartisan politics and couldn't see his way to climb out.

Instead of becoming a 21st century profile in courage like Sen. Specter, he has earned a shameful place in the history of partisanship over country. Gregg is nothing more than a stooge of his party's ideologues. Good riddance.

Posted by: rick699 | February 12, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

President Obama is learning the hard way that unilateral bipartisanship just doesn’t work.

Posted by: Alexis3 | February 12, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

He did the right thing. Initially, approached the Obama administation expressing an interest in the position. During the whetting process, he agreed to support the agenda and philosophy of the administration. I do not know what happened in the intervening time but given his past in which he voted to abolish the Department of Commerce, it made both sides very unhappy. I do not think the the Republicans should be part of the administration given that they have compared themselves to Taliban. The have nothing to offer.

Posted by: kevin1231 | February 12, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh's wish came true; President is failing, just like Hush Bimbo wanted. Aren't yaa'll happy to see this dissaster. WOW WHAT A NEWS FOR FAUX NEWS. TUNE IN TOMOROW AND CALL RUSH LIMBAUGH TO EXPRESS YOUR HAPPINESS AND CONGRATULATE HIM HIS ACCURATE PREDICTION.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | February 12, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

This is good news.
He hurt America.
TALIBAN INSURGENCY - 1
Obama - zero

Posted by: TOMHERE | February 12, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Senator Cregg, don't let the door hit your rear end on the way out.

Posted by: svreader | February 12, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

...so greedy Republicans & CEO’s & gang bankers, as you were so meticulous with the books along the way, how about consulting your records and tell me how many broken dreams and shattered lives you PERSONALLY were responsible for...

...because they didn't meet up to your obviously lofty standards...

...or because they weren't good for your image...

...or because they might bring your property value down...

…or because it might look bad at the country club…

...and thus, you who paid so much attention along the way, it is the self-righteous, self-indulging, self-worshiping elitists such as yourself who have brought the great country of America to its knees…

…by paying SO VERY MUCH in attention to the EXCHANGE OF STOCKS yet SO VERY LITTLE in wages to the LABOR OF THE WORKING AMERICAN to the point that society can no longer support the weight of your fat arses…

…but alas it was not ALL your fault, you had some help from the government along the way, and the gang bankers, and of course there is your pathetic human moral weakness to take into account…

…not to mention Rush Limbaugh, and then the darn pimples…

Posted by: moon-base-alpha | February 12, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

According to the Constitution five Negroes equal three white man. That's my idea of a census. How many Hispanics are worth anything? The Constitution doesn't say but in my opinion Hispanics are worth nothing.

Posted by: ravitchn | February 12, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Gregg had some GOP plan for the Census that he didn't want oversight from the White House, and so he backed out when he realized he couldn't execute it. Otherwise, it seems a lame excuse that he didn't think the White House should check up on him at Commerce. What in the world was he planning? He thought he could run it any old way he pleased as if he wasn't part of the administration? It shows a lot about his character that he promised one thing, to work for the Obama administration, but really was hoping to get to do whatever he wanted.

Posted by: goldie2 | February 12, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Something tells me that Senator Judd with encouragement from the Republican Party planned to "stiff" President Obama from the very beginning.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | February 12, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

kolebob wrote, "DriveByPoster, That was so unfunny and stupid,how embarrassing for you."

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yes kolebob.. i feel pretty bad now that you pointed this out! in fact, i might not have my second piece of apple pie tonight as punishment! that's for the heads up, bro!

:D

Posted by: DriveByPoster | February 12, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

sometimes i don't understand politicians... putting their cultism towards their political party above the common good of their fellow citizens, just makes me uncomfortable in these times of iniquity

Posted by: Small_Town_Boredom | February 12, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Nice job, Gregg and thank you very much for just handing over your senate seat to us majority party Dems!


This is Gregg just last week:
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"I have recused myself from voting during the pendency of my nomination," Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican, told CNBC.
Earlier in the program he said he was "not really engaged in the stimulus bill," but that he did believe "we need one."
"We need a robust one," he added. "I think the one that's pending is in the range we need. I do believe it's a good idea to do it at two levels, which this bill basically does, which is immediate stimulus and long-term initiatives which actually improve our competitiveness and our productivity."
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/02/12/democratic-source-gregg-campaigned-for-the-job/
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Got that? Gregg sought out the position. He knew the policies. He said he could accept and support them. He publicly supported the stimulus package. And now he's saying it had become apparent to him he couldn't do something that he had already agreed to do and in fact had done publicly.


The White House source in the CNN article is right that Gregg was erratic. But in another sense, Gregg is being consistent. He's always been a rightwing Republican, and like those Republicans aligned with the right wing of their party, their allegiance to the right wing of their party is more powerful than their committment to look out for the good of all the country.


Again, thank you for the senate seat, Mr. Gregg.

Posted by: DrainYou | February 12, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama should quit courting the Republicans. Anyone still relevant can see that the Republicans have made themselves completely irrelevant.

Posted by: PutDownTheKoolaid | February 12, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Gregg sought the position and Obama believed he had thought that decision through. Mr. Gregg is an indecisive man apparently. A follower, not a leader, in the Senate all these years. Certainly some conservative leaders in his state have called for his resignation.... today. On principal. I guess because he broke his word. Or was this a guy who had already decided not to run again and with the Republican leadership decided to embarrass the President once again. Gregg has little to loose. I do hope that this is the end of the reaching out to these folks, however. We do not have time to waste on them. The Republican old bulls will not work with the President. Let them be defeated and let the President work with whatever emerges for an opposition party in 20010 or 12.

Posted by: tarryh | February 12, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see a guy with some principles. Sure is a breath of fresh air after watching quasi-Democrat wimps like Specter, Snowe, and Collins bow to this pork bill.

Posted by: birvin9999 | February 12, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

rtfanning thinks Gregg's withdrawl is a ... "breath of fresh air!" Take anothr whiff and you'll see it's just another Rush Limburger phart.

Posted by: Jerryvov | February 12, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Another really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS

Posted by: hclark1 | February 12, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

"Gregg Withdraws as Commerce Nominee"

I assume George W Bush is still The Big Boss of republican party. Sorry Mr. Gregg, you can't go against your father / godfather.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | February 12, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

REBOTS ATTACKING PELOSI AGAIN...THEY BE SCUUUURED OF PRESIDENT OBAMA...HUH?

BUNCH OF DUDES PICKING ON A FEMALE. NO CLASS!

Posted by: opp88 | February 12, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

MarkR1: You are actually smart -- how'd you find your way to this blog?

Posted by: scecil1 | February 12, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Gregg is trying not to bite the hand that will feed him once he retires from the senate. Repukelican conservative action committees were steeling to destroy him if he accepted this appointment. Obama needs to forget the fairy tail of bipartisanship. It's not in Repuke's interests to have bipartisanship. That would only lend more credibility to Obama and severely diminish the GOPs "cultural" issues, like abortion, gay rights, and the like.

Good riddance to Gregg's departure.

Posted by: jabreal00 | February 12, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

DriveByPoster,
That was so unfunny and stupid,how embarrassing for you.

Posted by: kolebob | February 12, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

It feels good to hear looser republicans to call our president; Idiot, this guy, socialist and so on. But its strange that thy never called monkey Bush these names, even though he is the one that left republican trash all over for clean up for next 5 presidents. Very strange people. Oh well, eatyourself alive, because it very simple; WE WON - YOU LOST!!! Which part you don't get? Get back in your caves until next ellections.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | February 12, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse


I love it how desperate Republicans are pretending this makes OBAMA look bad (well, beyond the fact that he made the mistake of giving a Republican the benfit of the doubt).

I guess when you have nothing, poopy pants temper tantrums, pathetic partisan posturing and quitting in a huff (for a position he actively sought) is like winning! Or something like that.

What a bunch of clowns. At least Gregg is smart enough to not run for re-election. He's just a typical Republican...you know, the people America hates.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | February 12, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

"people will think you're just a Soros blog-tank zombi."

Why do conservatives hate George Soros? I know Bill O' Reilly likes to bash him. Is that why?

Posted by: DDAWD | February 12, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

At least Judd Gregg has some character -- which is more than one can say about the majority in Washington --

President Obama best start telling it like it is to the citizens of this Country. He sounds too much like Bill Clinton's rhetoric discussing "It depends on what your definition of "is" is," when he speaks of 'earmarks'. Wonder what he would call Nancy Pelosi's 'rat project'????

Posted by: wheeljc | February 12, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

EVERYBODY SING ALONG...JOIN IN REBOTS.
BAAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA
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Bye bye republican pie, see you in two thousand and thirty five (2035), all you got left is Hannity cry and this'll be the day Limbaugh die. I started singing.......

SOME OF YOU NEED TO APPOINT RUSH LIMBAUGH FOR YOUR NEXT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE.

Posted by: BOBSTERII

Posted by: opp88 | February 12, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse


it's 3:00am in the new obama white house - female employee residential wing

butler; can i help you?

bill clinton; no, thank you.

butler; aren't you bill clinton? the new secretary of commerce?

bill clinton; why yes, yes i am. i'll bet you want my autograph..

butler; actually, i don't. president obama expected you this afternoon. what happened?

clinton; i got tied up. hee hee hee

butler; well, mister clinton, i think you MUST LEAVE, NOW.

clinton; my good man.. what's the hurry? i just want to look around a little.. that's all.

butler; this is the female residential wing. it is 3:00am in the morning, and you don't have a stitch of clothing on! this is MOST inappropriate!

bill clinton; i know. hee hee hee.. but it's okay, i'm sleep walking. it's not my fault.

butler; b-b-but you're completely naked!

bill clinton; i always sleep walk naked.

butler; b-b-but it's sticking straight up!

bill clinton; i always sleep walk with a boner.

butler; i better call security.

bill clinton; which room is that little senorita in? the one with the big gazoongas!

butler; i thought you were sleep walking.

bill clinton; i am sleep walking. i'm just trying to find my little hot tamale named rosita!

butler; i'm calling security.

bill clinton; or maybe that fiesty little redhead ariel! hot damn!

butler; SECURITY!

bill clinton; of course.. the blonde who winked at me.. i could definitely dine on her!

butler; SECURITY!

bill clinton; you know.. i really did miss this place.

butler; SECURITY!

bill clinton; the building.. the music.. the food.. the women..

butler; SECURITY!

bill clinton; i wonder if that was monica's cousin i saw. she WAS wearing blue..

butler; SECURITY!

bill clinton; yup.. ole bill is back. just like old times.. hee hee hee... thanks obama dude!

Posted by: DriveByPoster | February 12, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Barry, Axe, and Rahm -- it's like 'Entourage'. I can't wait for the HBO series. Too bad Blago lost his cool, and his friends had to pretend they don't know him.

Posted by: scecil1 | February 12, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Y'know, it is just possible that this is what it looks like. That Sen. Gregg thought about it and realized that he's not on board with the goals and priorities of this administration, including removal of census oversight, and did the right thing. I'm a Democrat who voted for Obama, but I've never heard of any credible charges of ethical violations against Senator Gregg and have no reason to believe anything nefarious about him. But the web would be such a boring place unless we indulged our every cynical thought and paranoid conspiracy plot, right?

And to mnteng: GWB had two Commerce Sec'ys: Don Evans and Carlos Guiterrez. And I could not tell you one thing they did. In fact, before today's event and the tragic and untimely death of Ron Brown, the only mildly interesting thing about Commerce was that one Secretary, under Ford, was Nixon's former AG, Eliot Richardson, notable for being a victim of the infamous Saturday Night Massacre

Posted by: citizenjane | February 12, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what to think,Rush hasn't commented on it yet.

Posted by: kolebob | February 12, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Let's see it was ok to run energy ("Star Chamber"} from/in the Bush
Admin and run the economy into the ground, but oh my Gosh the Census....the Rushlicans will be rattling papers for days..Snirdly find me something to read...hurry get me a old T Snow piece I can make into mine!

Posted by: ohwell | February 12, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Re: The census.
I certainly hope that the president can make sure that the Tom De Lays of the nation can't get their hands on the new census and gerrymander another Republican district as he did the district I now reside. I live on upper Galveston Bay and "The Hammer" had his state Reps. and Senators gerrymander me into his Sugarland district. Not even close and we certainly don't have similar constituents. Perhaps that sort of thing is what the president had in mind when he requested oversight.

Posted by: warehousemanalive | February 12, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Would someone PLEASE report, or re-report, what everyone seems to forget about the Census - the Bush Administration Gutted it for the past 6 years! Now, Obama basically has to build it from the ground up, when he should be worrying about fixing the other things Bush destroyed. The fact that this was reported lightly for three years and now completely forgotten is yet another example of how journalism has become nothing more than entertainment. The paper's collective memory is no longer than the last episode of 24. Wake up Wapo.

Posted by: Nemotoad | February 12, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

THE PALIN AFFECT: EXCITEMENT WITH NO SUBSTANCE...BAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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bammie has no idea, and emmanuel has no morals...typical liberal couple!

Posted by: 2xy4k9

Posted by: opp88 | February 12, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Bye bye republican pie, see you in two thousand and thirty five (2035), all you got left is Hannity cry and this'll be the day Limbaugh die. I started singing.......

SOME OF YOU NEED TO APPOINT RUSH LIMBAUGH FOR YOUR NEXT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | February 12, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

SO far, the new administration -- NOT ONLY GEITHNER -- has been nothing but words. It seemed to have started with the nomination of Bill Richardson for Commerce. Their vetting system was either not working -- or, NON EXISTENT! For those in the party who were overjoyed with Hillary becoming Secretary of State, she has essentially been NEUTERED as a result of Brian Ross, Mitchell, Jones and Holbrooke reporting directly to the president -- EVEN THE AMBASSADOR TO THE UN! Then, there have been the tax cheaters nominated for cabinet positions (again suggesting that either the new occupants of the Whitehouse are just plain arrogant, or their vetting process is nonexistent). Then, on Feb 12, Judd Gregg withdraws his name from Commerce. While not mentioned in Gregg's withdrawal comments, the withdrawal of the census responsibility from Commerce had to cause questions in Gregg's mind if he was being maneuvered out of the senate into a nothing job -- NEUTERED like Hillary!! The pork and pet projects in the stimulus bill are going to cause even more serious credibility problems for the president. Either he has not yet put on his running shoes, or he has been caught doing things he promised he would not do. Either way, NOT IMPRESSIVE!

Posted by: wheeljc | February 12, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Grassley:
"While Republicans were courteously consulted at the member and staff level, we were never at the negotiating table."

Will someone please parse that sentence for me? My reading is: my way or no way.

Posted by: zenwick | February 12, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Hm...I'm over forty and I cannot remember the last Republican "Statesman." They've all just become political hacks in thrall to idiots like Rush and Sean Manatee on Fixed News, kowtowing to the American Mullahs of the Fundamentalist Right. This is also a sign of the inability for the "Right" even to recognize that compromise is how things actually happen. Maybe it's time for both parties to jettison their extremists to find moderates again. Some people on this list might even remember them. No more extreme Daily Kos wing-nuts and no more Neo Con Ditto Heads.

Posted by: al_jal | February 12, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

BOBSTERII: Hope the Soros blog-tank pays you well for your idiotic postings.

Posted by: scecil1 | February 12, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE IT...
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EXACTZLY Heerman. What a piece of milk toast. But the repugs are Dodo's anyway in the Northeast.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | February 12, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: opp88 | February 12, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

"Some believe the people should be trusted with the stimulus $ (i.e., tax cuts) while others believe the government can do a better job with the stimulus $ (i.e., government spending). What do YOU believe?"

Thanks to direct deposit, I believe we are both equally adept in sticking a return in my bank account.

But I'm sure as hell not going to give anyone a job with a tax cut.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 12, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

camphoneguy, I've been reading about watching the economic meltdown since it's conception...the Reagan years. The Republicans have dominated the federal government since 1980. At any time they could have prevented the deregulation that allowed the S&L Crisis (1980s), the recession of the early 2000s, and the current economic meltdown. The sub-prime mortgage issue is far from the largest cause of the current crisis--there is bad debt everywhere. And no one was forced to make sub-prime mortgages or bad loans. These things were done by our financial institutions, mainly with the implicit blessing of the Republicans. When the current meltdown began, blaming the sub-prime mortgages and the poor/lower-income people was a preemptive strike by the conservatives to avoid accepting _any_ responsibility. The porcine Rush Limbaugh gets rich telling these lies. Let's not forget two expensive, wasteful wars, and a near doubling of the national debt under George Bush. These economic policies were unsustainable, just as they were under Reagan. But a short "surge" of spending, even with some waste, seems to be the only way out. Since WWII, under only three president has the national debt relative to GDP increased: Reagan, Bush 1 and Bush 2. The economic performance under Bush 2 has been anemic even before the current recession, now we're bleeding to death and losing what few jobs were created under George Bush. Make no mistake about it...this recession belongs to the Republicans and, if they were responsible people, they'd be trying to help get us out of it, instead of obstructing efforts by the Democrats. BTW, until recently Barney Frank was _not_ the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee...he couldn't regulate anything. Now go back to watching Rush.
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For those of you who think that Republicans are totally to blame here- and that it's good Sen. Gregg doesn't take the position, please view http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALAIEYq5Y00 for the true story of where the mess began!

Posted by: camphoneguy | February 12, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ptgrunner | February 12, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I've said it before and I'll say it again. The Prez needs to step away from the high-profile, limelight grabbing nominees and go with someone who may not have a national name but is great at motivating his staff, building consensus, and getting meaningful progress accomplished at the day-to-day level. At Commerce, that should definitely be former Va. Lt. Governor Don Beyer.

Posted by: cale1 | February 12, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

bammie has no idea, and emmanuel has no morals...typical liberal couple!

Posted by: 2xy4k9 | February 12, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Beingsensible: You don't approve of Youtube? I suppose you know you are bashing one of Eric Schmidt's websites (the Messiah's bff). That's fine, but the similar information (the story of our economic mess) can be found if you Wiki "Community Reinvestment Act". Do you approve of Wikipedia? If not, just Google or go to the library, but don't blog without being informed -- people will think you're just a Soros blog-tank zombi. Regarding the issue at hand, you should read about how the U.S. Census works, who's supposed to be handdling it and why, and what purposes it is intended to serve. It's actaully a pretty big deal. Happy researching!

Posted by: scecil1 | February 12, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Nozzle.

Posted by: spidey103 | February 12, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS SOME FUNNY STUFF...
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I just heard that Gregg withdrew because:

he was spotted at Hooters with a 16 year old escort (an intern), wearing a blue dress and a french beret. they had a fight. she was taken to jail but he used his congressional mastercard to post bail. he got her out of jail and then wanted to check her into rehab with Dr. Drew, so he took the New Hampshire state plane and dropped her off in LA.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo

Posted by: opp88 | February 12, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Democrats commenting on this article seem to be deaf dumb and blind to what has and is happening. Love is blind and these folks are turning a blind eye to the blatant attempt to steal the census in violation of the Constitution and the United States Code. If I was in Gregg's shoes, I would realize that immediately after Obama asked me to be the Commerce Secretary shaking my hand with his right hand, he was stealing my responsibilities in Commerce with his left hand.

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Umm hey idiot...the Census as well as the Commerce is the President's responsibility not Greggs...the entire running of the Executive Office is the President's responsibility...IDIOT! Did Gregg just realize today that the President made the Census Office a direct report to the White House?--NOT! Gregg is just being what he is...a Rushlican, lol...I love that term for you losers, lol...

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 12, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Who needs Judd Gregg? He is another Republican who wants jobs to go overseas so corporations can bring up bottom line and working people in this country will have measly jobs. NAFTA, GATT and all trade treaties have to be eliminated so the US can, once again, build its manufacturing and industrial base to its height of being the superpower in the world. We have to become a creditor nation not a debtor nation by exporting more products than importing. Who needs cribs, toys, bad food from countries overseas? We can do all these things better and give our people good paying jobs again. Obama should hire a person who is for the American worker where jobs stay in this country.

Posted by: irichman | February 12, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Some believe the people should be trusted with the stimulus $ (i.e., tax cuts) while others believe the government can do a better job with the stimulus $ (i.e., government spending). What do YOU believe?

Philosophically Gregg believes the former while Obama and the Dems believe the latter. If YOU wer going to be Commerce Secretary and you have such a fundamental disagreement, would YOU take the job?

Gregg was right to withdraw after he came to his senses...good for him!

Posted by: kprice1 | February 12, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who think that Republicans are totally to blame here- and that it's good Sen. Gregg doesn't take the position, please view http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALAIEYq5Y00 for the true story of where the mess began!

Posted by: camphoneguy
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YouTube, ha ha ha...just like a Repuke to use YouTube as a credible source of news. Oh yes, you fit right in to the Rush crowd, lol...

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 12, 2009 5:26 PM
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To Beingsensible: I hope some commenters here watch the following video that shows how Democrats dismissed the warnings given to them about a possible financial problem with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The fact that you laugh at people who use YouTube as a credible source of news shows that you either didn't watch the video suggested above or you watched it and didn't believe what you heard and saw. If you watch the one below and still laugh, what can we say about you Being sensible?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HQWk1Wp3L4&feature=related

Posted by: mafox1 | February 12, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Senator Gregg. We must stand in unity against this tax and spend idiot. Democrats outspent us and won the election, but we are still Americans and have the right to our opinions and our principles.

Posted by: XLiberalJack | February 12, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Really?

You like 'rushlicans' better than 'republotards'?

Personally, I like 'republotards' better.

Posted by: Heerman532 | February 12, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Think about it -- this is the first president ever who signed 5 executive orders on his first day! The norm is one or zero. This guy really does think he is some untouchable Messiah. Be careful what you wish for America, because you've sold your souls. Good-bye U.S. Constitution. I'll miss you.

Posted by: scecil1
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WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN DUFFUS WHEN BUSH WAS PRESIDENT.
OH BY THE WAY, GET USE TO CALL "This Guy"; PRESIDENT OBAMA OR LEAVE THIS COUNTRY IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | February 12, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE IT....JUDD GREGG..I WANT TO THANK MY WIFE. WTF...MICHAEL STEELE QUOTE "A JOB IS NOT A JOB" WATCH, SEAN "HATES AMERICA" VANNITY WILL BE JUMPING ALL OVER THIS. DID GREGG SELL HIS 3 MILLION DOLLAR HOME TO HIS WIFE FOR $.75?
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He says he can't be 100% with the team?..... seems to me the team is the USA......'pubes are something else, man.....colossal fools through and through.....

Posted by: seakeys

Posted by: opp88 | February 12, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I give up.

Obama and his crack team of "All Stars" is truly in over its head. Rahm and "Axe" want to be flying around on Air Force One calling their friends on the phone...while basic, stupid, momentum-killing mistakes happen back at the office.

This is Bill Clinton and Gays In The Military all over again.

What a joke.
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You better hope it's Bill Clinton all over, because this country wouldn't survive a George Bush all over, lol...I'm retiring my name for you people--Repukelicans...I like another one that I saw on this blog...Rushlicans...that's so much more appropriate..."Take me to your leader", lol...

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 12, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

hisroc: That's YOUR lies and disinformation...

Funny how real-time site mirroring, spoofed pages and remote computing software can be used not only to unconstitutionally spy, but to maliciously alter electronic communications.

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 12, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Why stop there? Resign your Senate seat, too. Oh, and take about 40 of your buddies there with you. Thanks for nothing.

Posted by: MouthSore | February 12, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Gregg is not exatcly the right person anyway. Whoever comes in must balance thetrade. Our trade deficit is getting out of control. See the chart at:

http://i39.tinypic.com/15ejll1.gif

If we do not balance the trade and fast, we are doomed.

Posted by: kmguru | February 12, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Democrats commenting on this article seem to be deaf dumb and blind to what has and is happening. Love is blind and these folks are turning a blind eye to the blatant attempt to steal the census in violation of the Constitution and the United States Code. If I was in Gregg's shoes, I would realize that immediately after Obama asked me to be the Commerce Secretary shaking my hand with his right hand, he was stealing my responsibilities in Commerce with his left hand.

How can the Republicans be bi-partisan when they are being whipsawed by Obama and Pelosi at every turn?

Someone must stand up for the people even if the people on this comment list are just fine with all the stimulus pork like and earmark like no debate let's rush to do this throw ins by the Democrats to the fix. Yes, the Democrats are really "fixing" this nation and the love affair continues.
http://brokengovernment.wordpress.com

Posted by: kenmoyes | February 12, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

This is a truly unconscionable move on Gregg's part, pulling an embarrassing and hyper-partisan Brett Favre on the President of the United States.

Gregg knew his own far-right principles before HE offered his name for Commerce. but superficially appeared to be willing to put aside ideology and work with the other party and the new president.

Gregg is a smart guy, but he's obviously clueless when it comes to thinking beyond his party's best interests and his own partisan ideology.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 12, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet that we will soon hear that Judd Gregg is another, typical, republican queer-o-sex-yee-all like all them others we keep hearing about.

I'm sure Obama told him to hit the skids.

Posted by: Heerman532 | February 12, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Well, I am glad he has shown his true Republican colors and had the decency, at least, to get out instead of staying in and undermining the President at every opportunity.
This saves Obama from having to fire him.

Posted by: cms1 | February 12, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Think about it -- this is the first president ever who signed 5 executive orders on his first day! The norm is one or zero. This guy really does think he is some untouchable Messiah. Be careful what you wish for America, because you've sold your souls. Good-bye U.S. Constitution. I'll miss you.

Posted by: scecil1
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You're late...the U.S. Constitution left with Bush and Chaney the Tirant...did you miss it; probably not, you're a Repuke--probably don't know what it is, lol...

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 12, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

LABC: Hope the Soros blog-tank pays you well.

Posted by: scecil1 | February 12, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I hope he didn't get threatened by the crazies in his party. There are high ranking pubs who wouldn't hesitate to sacrifice the entire country to make sure the president fails. Don't ever think that Limbaugh is the only nut case in the party. He is just one of many looking for ways to take the country back to the 1800s when men were men, women were subservient, minorities knew their place, we all worshipped Jesus, there were no unions to bother the rich, and the corporate moguls could earn as much money as they wished on the backs of the poor. Nothing has changed with these people since before WWI, and it will never change. When a very few have all the power and money, they are not about to give it up without a fight.

Posted by: amyintn | February 12, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I give up.

Obama and his crack team of "All Stars" is truly in over its head. Rahm and "Axe" want to be flying around on Air Force One calling their friends on the phone...while basic, stupid, momentum-killing mistakes happen back at the office.

This is Bill Clinton and Gays In The Military all over again.

What a joke.

Posted by: Losercuda | February 12, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

TO: hisroc at 4:49 p.m.:

Thank you for confirming that genocidal officers and bureaucrats behind what soon will be exposed as the America's silent holocaust are panicking at the realization that in America, no man -- or monster -- is exempt from the rule of law.

Even the mainstream media will soon stop buying our lies and paid disinformation.

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IT IS DAY 24 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU *REALLY* KNOW WHAT YOUR 'MULTI-AGENCY ACTION CENTER' IS UP TO?

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted):

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 12, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse


I just heard that Gregg withdrew because:

he was spotted at Hooters with a 16 year old escort (an intern), wearing a blue dress and a french beret. they had a fight. she was taken to jail but he used his congressional mastercard to post bail. he got her out of jail and then wanted to check her into rehab with Dr. Drew, so he took the New Hampshire state plane and dropped her off in LA.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 12, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Make no mistake folks....those low life thugs Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are the ones running the republicans. The GOP politicians are brainless zombies blindly following the commands of Herr Limbaugh and Hannity.

Posted by: August30 | February 12, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

THE PALIN AFFECT: EXCITEMENT WITH NO SUBSTANCE.

WE ARE HAPPY BUT WE REALLY DON'T KNOW WHY!

Posted by: opp88 | February 12, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Just a small correction. These same Republicans who are saying the did not have any input into the stimulus bill were the ones praising the Democrats in the Senate, away from the media goons like Chris. In fact the Democrats allowed over 500 amendments to be considered on this bill. Senate followers already know this but this is so unusual it stands out like a red light. What they are really upset with is the idea that they were not given a final decision role that they have been use to.
I notice that there is no mention of any of this in the media, such as here, because it doesn't make for good copy. I have the latitude to watch the C-Span coverage of the Senate and House. I do not base any blame on anyone. But I wish that the media would at least cover both sides of the issues rather paint the yellow journalism with another clear varnish coat.
As to Gregg and this affair unless someone has concrete evidence that it is anything but what he states, I prefer to take him at his word.
The problem as I see it is that when good, honest people or even good, not so good in the past people are try to make an effort at honesty they get ripped to shreds. A lot of that can be attributed to the NEED for media sensationalism because straight forward journalism won't place their names in the the spotlight. Better to sell more hairspray than to report honest journalism. It is very much about turning the people against each other. The old together we stand but divided we fall. Truer words INMHO.

Posted by: RetCombatVet | February 12, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey garylloud - you say "This is the Democrats can skew Census results to their political advantage in such areas as redistricting, and ensures a less transparent Census process." THAT IS A HOOT! For years I have watched Republicans do this and get away with it! This is very much like saying President Obama is using 'scare tactics" to get the stim passed. After eight years of "scare tactics" and manipulation and lying by the previous Republican administration - it's all you guys can think of.
All of this just reminds me of something my father told me once - if someone accuses you of being a liar, they are probably lying to you.

Posted by: sheridan1 | February 12, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Well, the folly continues. Hussein Obama has lost control in less then 30 days. Unbelievable that so many Americans fell for this guy's act. Nothing more then a speechmaker. Time for an adult to take over, and let Hussein go back to community organizing. Wow - pretty impressive for a guy who thinks he's the smartest fellow in the room. Smart doesn't equate to wise or skilled, as we can clearly see by the DC Follies.

Posted by: Mike58 | February 12, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Why was he picked in the first place? He offered nothing.

The only good thing was his statement that he won't run in 2010.

Posted by: ElrodinTennessee | February 12, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

it is imperative that obama complete his cabinets this month. these delays make us look foolish. stop trying to do a 50-50 bi-partisan check list and choose dems for those positions who can pass the vetting and don't depend on those who have a little chink in the armor passing anymore cause it aint gonna happen.

Posted by: thevoodoodoll | February 12, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

EXACTZLY Heerman. What a piece of milk toast. But the repugs are Dodo's anyway in the Northeast.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | February 12, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

The WP would have us believe this is Obama's most serious problem, but it doesn't really compare to the conundrum Russia has forced upon Obama in Central Asia.

Obama can get any number of doctrinaire liberals to carry out his socialist agenda at the Department of Commerce, but Obama can't replace the national security asset of that air base in the Central Asian country with the unpronounceable name: Krgyistan or whatever?

Fumbling, bumbling, and mumbling, Obama launches the Ship of State without a destination.

Posted by: DaTourist | February 12, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Someone asked the questions about Repukes desire to enact a Stimulus Bill with nothing but tax cuts. Question--if folks are loosing their jobs, what in the heck does a tax cut do for them? They have no income, hence no taxes. An ah-ha moments; that's why the Repukes don't want to do anything about this crisis...no job, no taxes...TAX CUT...

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 12, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I doubt he resigned.

Obama probably wised up after his non-vote and told him to take a hike.

Posted by: Heerman532 | February 12, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

scecil1:
do not diss my man Rahm.

and President Obama HAD to write the executive orders. the bush train wreck had to be cleaned up.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 12, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

He says he can't be 100% with the team?..... seems to me the team is the USA......'pubes are something else, man.....colossal fools through and through.....

Posted by: seakeys | February 12, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

His reasons are bogus, first of all the guy didn't even have the kahonnas to vote yes or no on the Stimulas, secondly you know he's gotten an ear full from the Grand Obstructionist People, the Tan Man and Mitchy told him not to take the job because they need him to block, stall and slam everything that President Obama and the Dems do. Besides, I highly doubt his slate was very clean. Don't want those nasty old items hitting the media now do we.
It's obvious to me that as much as the President has tried to reach across the isle all he gets is a big pile of crap thrown back at him, so forget the Rushlicans, they are all happy in the stone age with their TAX CUTS mentality.

Posted by: sfilutze | February 12, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

THE MEDIA IS GOOD FOR SOMETHING...
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Wait a few more weeks and we'll hear the REAL reason.

Posted by: rlj1 | February 12, 2009 5:36 PM

Posted by: opp88 | February 12, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse


What an A$$. It's time to check into his background, taxes, babysitters, domestic, etc.

It is also time for the president to take off the gloves and get rid of this "bipartisanship" bs. There was none during the Bush tenure and we don't need it now.

Also, it's time for Al to move to DC from Minnesota. Get on the stick, MN!


Posted by: mortified469 | February 12, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that Gregg gave in to pressure by the Senaate Republican leadership, which wanted to embarrass Obama at the right time (pun intended). Another guess is that Gregg will get the worse of it, since he knew what Obama's plans were and, for a time anyway, was willing to compromise himself to gain a more eminent position--so he comes off as a political opportunist who couldn't pull it off. Also, this will be another lesson for Obama that the Republicans are DISloyal opponents aiming to sabotage what we elected Obama to do; his rhetoric will stress bipartisanship, but his actions will reflect the reality that it takes two to tango.

Posted by: bdukore | February 12, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

About this comment "The census issue is HUGE!! Why should the executive branch seize full control of such a thing that affects so much: the electoral college, allocation of funds, etc.?"
Well, because it was last seized by a GOP Administration!
Moreover, in your hypocracy why don't you ask the Texas GOP Legislature (and Tom Delay) about 'nuclear warfare' district rezoning. It goes on FAR WORSE at the State level.

Posted by: Bushlegacylies | February 12, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Just days ago he stood alongside President Obama. And NOW he's had a change of heart.

This sounds like another attempt by the Republicans to embarrass the President

So much for allowing the children an opportunity to eat at the grown ups table.

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | February 12, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse


so much for bipartisanship.

It looks more and more like the Republicans are declaring war. But remember folks, the Supreme Court elected our last president. Are the repulsives pushing the USA into federalism and militarism? it is NOT a reach to ponder.

Gregg was elected as a public servant. An elected or appointed official holding government office.
When you get the call from the White House, you damn well answer it;
IF you are a true public servant.

these repulsives are really ticking me off big time.
get Rahm on the phone.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 12, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

It is very funny how some dumb.a.s.ses still beleive that Barack is not American citizen. GET A LIFE LOOSERS!!!!!!

Posted by: BOBSTERII | February 12, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

On the 200th birthday of the great late Abe Lincoln's birth, the once great Obama is looking more like Carter every day.

Posted by: kenpasadena | February 12, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I DO NOT WANT RAHM EMANUEL faking the census -- the Chicago corrupt machine taking over D.C. -- how can people not be outraged? It's beyond me.

Think about it -- this is the first president ever who signed 5 executive orders on his first day! The norm is one or zero. This guy really does think he is some untouchable Messiah. Be careful what you wish for America, because you've sold your souls. Good-bye U.S. Constitution. I'll miss you.

Posted by: scecil1 | February 12, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Geez Chris, I think it is quite an overstatement to say "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." The only thing this news indicates is how petty the GOP is as the minority party.

Posted by: WV-DC | February 12, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Um savvyshopper... if you are born in America, you're a natural citizen therefore eligible to be president. He was born in Hawaii, two years after it became a state. I don't even know how dual-citizenship prevents you from being President of the United States.

"No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States."

Copy and pasted directly from our Constitution.

Also, the 14th ammendment states that if you are born in the United States, you are a natural citizen, unless you are the son or a daughter of a foreign diplomat or something like that. His mother was a US citizen, he was born in Hawaii, a US state in in 1961 (and would be considered a natural citizen even if it were still a territory as people born in Guam and Puerto Rico can legally become US president).

So you and your conspiracy theorists are idiots.

Posted by: atacoma | February 12, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

You Obama apologists are absolutely the best! You guys should be his press spokesmen. You can rationalize any booboo as being a reflection of Obama's craftiness and statesmanship. You can find a Republican conspiracy around every corner. Seriously, you folks should send your resumes to the DNC. You're gold!

Posted by: colin4 | February 12, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Nobody ever remembers who was the SecCommerce unless he dies in a plane crash.

And you probably do not even remember that one.

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Ron Brown, and you're right what's the big deal, pull another rabbit out of a hat; this time at least let him or her be a Dem. Why would we want to put a Repuke in charge of anything in this country. It's obvious they think this crisis we're in is a joke!

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 12, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Republicans pi$$ed all over Obama's efforts on bi-partianship. I say we shut down these clowns for good. Republicans are worse than worms.

Posted by: August30 | February 12, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A REBOT WITH INTREGRETY. OPINIONS ARE LIKE BUTTHOLES. UNFORTUNATELY REBOTS EXPRESSES THEIRS.
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WOW, an Obama nominee with integrity. Now thats change you can believe in.

Posted by: opp88 | February 12, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

My comment over at "Congressional Leaders Work to Pass Stimulus" wouldn't post, is someone at that story blocking my URL?

Writers are so jealous these days of good ideas because their jobs are at risk with newspapers going out of business and laying people off.

How many people have their URL blocked by certain writers who might be blocking them because they are jealous of any one with good ideas?

Cris Ericson, Vermont
http://crisericson.com

Posted by: crisericson | February 12, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Can we stop reaching out to Republicans, already?

How about reaching out to the people who voted for you? Now there's a novel idea.

If you insist on reaching out to rattlesnakes, don't be surprised when you get bitten on the finger.

Posted by: kenonwenu | February 12, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

The statistics point overwhelmingly to the need for government stimulus. So what are the Republicans offering instead to pay for Bush's expensive war and the housing debacle? Tax cuts? At some point the Republicans must face reality that we can't stay afloat without all of us paying for Bush's mistakes.

No, this is good...the Republicans don't get it, they live in some euphoric past that cannot be recreated, so they should completely disengage from any sort of compromise or logical bi-partisan effort and as a group, crawl off and die. I say let nature take its course.

I believe Mr.Obama is truly attempting to "reach across the aisle" to help heal this nation and mend relations overseas. Mr.Obama has tried, but the Republicans just can't seem to get past their blind, repetitive, and unsuccessful ideology.

So many Republicans and nay-sayers want to see Obama fail...but that is not at all going to happen, and it is not at all in keeping with the spirit of America's so-called can-do optimism and her unique ability to pull communities together to make things work. United we stand, remember?

I will stick firmly with this positive, pro-active effort, thank you.

Posted by: leap2three | February 12, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

While slowing the appointment docket I think there's a silver lining for Obama - he can say he tried to reach across the isle - it was a GOP member who recanted an offer to work the divide.
Go ahead and appoint a dem now. Obama was willing to trying and work together, Gregg exemplifies the GOPs intransigence and bipartisanship.

Posted by: Bushlegacylies | February 12, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Judd Gregg is a man with principles (conservative -- not wasteful-- and we desperately need that right now!). The census issue is HUGE!! Why should the executive branch seize full control of such a thing that affects so much: the electoral college, allocation of funds, etc.? It is absolutely outrageous. The USA is not a dictatorship, but it looks that's what we will end up with pretty soon. The only reason people are not more outraged is because they do not understand the ramifications -- they do not understand the gall involved in such a decision.

Posted by: scecil1 | February 12, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

What's unfortunate here is that I, as well as many Americans, am simply tired of the partisan bickering and dreamed of a day when politicians could work together towards solving this country's massive problems. But its become increasingly apparent that the minority party is catering to it's angry and increasingly irrelevent base. This will only prove to alienate if not eventually destroy the GOP.

Posted by: Skindawg27 | February 12, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Did Gregg not realize that a census occurs every 10 years and that for years the Dems have viewed the process differently than the Repubs? Did Gregg just wake up and realize this week that President Obama was pushing a stimulas bill? Does Gregg know he is a Republican and President Obama is a Democrat? Does Gregg have cognitive problems? Gregg should have never accepted the nomination.

Posted by: merrylees | February 12, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

mark_in_austin:

Ron Brown. WJC's SecComm (1st term). Died in a plane crash in Croatia.

Don't ask me about any other Commerce Secretaries though ... Norm Mineta, Mickey Kantor, Bill Daley, uh, uh, Herbert Hoover. That's it. No idea who GWB's were.

Posted by: mnteng | February 12, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

So put yourself in Senator Gregg's position of finding out after he accepted the nomination that the White House had decided to move overseeing of the Census from his Commerce Department into the hands of Ron Emanual's jurisdiction.

Never has the responsibility of counting Americans fallen under the direct watch of the White House. To do so opens up partisan exposure to manipulate the numbers for whichever party happens to be in office. That is why oversight has always fallen under the Commerce Department.

This issue will become headline news in the coming weeks, and I find it hard to blame Senator Gregg for making the decision he did today. Taking control of the census by our new administration has a bit of that old time Chicago politics smell to it, but we could never suspect that.......could we?

Posted by: Midwester | February 12, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama is shutting down the bipartisan approach and saying "my way or the highway". If he can't work with Gregg, who clearly wanted out of the Senate, how is he going to sit down and deal with those pesky Iranians and North Koreans? Moving the census bureau out of Gregg's domaine was an insult. If you can't trust the guy to oversee an accurate count of the people, why would you want him to do anything for you? Obama and his agenda is the big loser here; it is going to be a long four years.

Posted by: fenway3 | February 12, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

"Gregg Withdraws as Commerce Nominee"

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) praised Gregg's decision as "principled" and added: "It's great to have him back."

THE REAL REASON HE RESIGNED; CORRUPTED REPUBLICAN TO THE BONES.

AND WE ARE ALL GLAD THAT THEY CAN HAVE HIM BACK, HE BELONGS WITH OTHER CROOKS.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | February 12, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

And the Three Ring Circus contunes in town..Obama - Reid & Pelosi.
All these dems posted disgust w/GOP?....Lets see...we have Geither, Daschle, Richardson, and Kilifar....not too mention Rangel, Dodd & Franks.
Obama gives Gregg the responsibility of Commerce - but then dismantles piece by piece the responsibilities - bowing to his followers....and you dems call that bipartison

Posted by: short1 | February 12, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I understand, Mr. Gregg. I wouldn't want to be a part of the corrupt Communist Administration either.

Posted by: bri2 | February 12, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Remember folks, the GOP is the OPPOSITION party as they are the minority. At the very least, they are standing up for their principles and not willing to play dog with a popular president. I cannot say the same for Democrats when they were the minority opposition party. They rolled over every chance they got for Bush and disappointed many in their own party as they very rarely stood up for their principles. Without the Democrats' approval, Bush may have never been able to go into Iraq, run up deficits, and commit so many questionable acts.
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Is that your argument for how you guys f'ed up this country, lol...interesting, just interesting, lol...

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 12, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Amazing how these Republicans can serve in lockstep with men like Bush/Cheney but when someone with integrity and a sincere respect to do the right thing they can’t seem to get past politics… let his ass go, find a Democrat and call it a day Mr. President!

Posted by: 82AllAmericans | February 12, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama is extremely smart. Within the first 100 days, he will lead the nation to one inescapable conclusion: the GOP will not reach across the aisle to make government work. Blame the Republicans, ladies and gents, for that is squarely where the blame lies. And never, never elect another one to Congress in your lifetime.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | February 12, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Wait a few more weeks and we'll hear the REAL reason.

Posted by: rlj1 | February 12, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

No more Republicans, Mr. President!!!! But, what I really think is Judd Gregg has something really bad in his background....and he's not running for office again? All the rest is bologna.

Posted by: debbieqd | February 12, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone surprised that a Republican would be a backstabber like this? Obama has demonstrated adult behavior by reaching out to the dumb jerks and of course, as is typical for Republicans they bit it over and over again and have done their best to embarrass the new administration. I don't recall Dems doing that to Republicans... when they changed sides in 92, they stayed there at least. We should simply call the Republicans the party of treachery, lies and misrepresentation instead. I, for one, am glad that these reprobates have finally shown their true colors of stupidity and inane "principles" that have only their OWN best interests in sight... not those of the American people they have been elected to serve. O. I forgot. They are serving their masters... the "Masters of the Universe" who have dragged this country down (again) into the worst economic straits since the LAST time they did that under Hoover....

Posted by: heather_rogersq | February 12, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

To MajorConfussion. And just how do you know really why he is withdrawing? Taxes, principals, a hidden secret? I suspect there is a lot more to his sudden and bizarre move.
Maybe he also has been spending a lot of time in airport restrooms?

Posted by: dantiger | February 12, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Is it possible that Mr Gregg will be joining other Senators in the California lawsuit demanding that Barry Soetero aka Barak Obama prove that he is qualified to be President of the United States of America??
Over 40 lawsuits have been denied, including 8 that have been dismissed by the United States Supreme Court.
Barry Soetero freely admits that his Father was a man from Kenya, under the jurisdiction of Britain, making him, Barry, a dual Citizen and therefore not elgible to hold the office of the President
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Still at it, lol...ask a friend, a parent, anybody, they will tell you that this is a foolish argument and you really need to let it go. How many more "lawsuits" need to be filed for you to just get it, lol...If the President blows his nose, you will find a way to connect it to his "non-citizenship" non-issue, lol...I keep telling you to stop, but don't--I must say, you are my joke of the day. I think I'd miss you if you went away...please stay, lol...

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 12, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Remember folks, the GOP is the OPPOSITION party as they are the minority. At the very least, they are standing up for their principles and not willing to play dog with a popular president. I cannot say the same for Democrats when they were the minority opposition party. They rolled over every chance they got for Bush and disappointed many in their own party as they very rarely stood up for their principles. Without the Democrats' approval, Bush may have never been able to go into Iraq, run up deficits, and commit so many questionable acts.

Posted by: Skkye | February 12, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Now it's verry clear how stubborn republicans are. Now it's clear that they are responsible for lavish lifestyles of CEO's and destruction of capitalism in America. It's better if not one single republican is involved in any government job and things will get under fair control.

"Gregg Withdraws as Commerce Nominee"
LET'S PUT IT IN PURE AMERICAN LANGUAGE;
"F.CK HIM"!!!!! PUT ALL DEMOCRATS IN THIS GOVERNMENT, AND PUT END TO NAZI BUSH REPUBLICAN PARTY.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | February 12, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I am very happy to see Gregg go--especially if this leads President Obama to appoint someone progressive to the position, and not another Republican or a recycled Clinton/Bush graduate.

Posted by: kutlayebiri | February 12, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Nobody ever remembers who was the SecCommerce unless he dies in a plane crash.

And you probably do not even remember that one.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 12, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Of course, everyone forgets his "guilt by association" problem with Abramoff. We don't know where the truth of that investigation lies. I am glad he withdrew because of that.

Posted by: goldie2 | February 12, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

We have many qualified people to lead the Commerce Office, and I really don't call Republicans qualified, there leaches. I'll never understand the logic of the GOP.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | February 12, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

This does it for me. Republicans talk bipartisanship, but they never walk the walk.
I absolutely cannot wait until the soon-upcoming 2010 elections. I refuse to vote or work for ANY republican from now on, even if they run Abe Lincoln. What goes around COMES around.

Posted by: daveque | February 12, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

>>> "This is not a time for partisanship. This is not a time when we should stand in our ideological corners and shout at each other," - Sen. Judd Gregg <<<

OIL! MONEY! SECRETS! & LIES!

Obviously, someone slip Gregg another shot of the RNC kool-aid to clear his head. Now, he will be able to fall back in lock step with the rest of the right-wing loonies that hope President Obama fails. Eight Years of failure with Jr. at the helm of our nation wasn't enough for them.

http://thecomicnews.com/edtoons/current/weekly/obama/02.php

THIS AIN'T NO GAME SHOW!

Posted by: BenAMarine | February 12, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama must watch his back at all times with the Republicans. They have a pack mentality and will attack him on all flanks. Their goal is to take him down for the benefit of the party, regardless of what happens to the people of this nation.
Bipartisnship is a nonattainable goal with closed minds like theirs. May the majority rule, doing what they believe is right for the country, the planet and humanity.

Posted by: ernieson | February 12, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Hasn't the point been made now? Rightwing conservative Republicans will do anything and everything to attack and destroy the new Obama administration. They are the same people who are responsible for the last eight years of failed policy and the economic catastrophe we now have. Bye bye

Posted by: dudh | February 12, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

IN YOUR TINY FISH BOWL OBAMA IS THE LOSER. BUT THE WORLD SEE'S RACISM AT WORK...THANK YOU SEN. JUDD GREGG FOR SHOWING YOUR ARSS.

Posted by: opp88 | February 12, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama's efforts, though they seemed laudable, have been a mistake. But not a political mistake. Moderates will see( well, they should see) that Obama has tried to work with the Republicans, and they've not even shown him any respect, much less a bit of support. He has appointed (or tried to appoint) Republicans to his cabinet; he personally went to Capital Hill to meet exclusively with Republican leaders about the stimulus plan; he had lunch with them at the WH; he had dinner with the Republican heavy-weight columnists. These were intended to build goodwill between his administration and the Republicans (the barbarians at our gates of civilization). Obama will have to stop playing nice with them. They are the ones who got us to the point where we now are, yet they will not lift a finger to help. And Gregg did not act out of principle. Now, let's play some dirty, hard-ball, kick-butt politics which is all the Republicans know.

Posted by: ptgrunner | February 12, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama was letting ACORN run the census, and the Chicago Mob/Daley Machine/Rahmbo destroy what should be a non-political count of the people of this country.

Obama let lobbyists decide. He was going to let the hispanic, Richardson, handle the census, but not the white guy. That is racism. Obama is a bigot. That was blatant discrimination. I hope Gregg sues Obama.

Obama has disgraced himself. Good for Gregg for standing up for what is right.

Posted by: Cornell1984
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Don't drink and post, son.

Gregg is another repuke a$$hat who puts his party first and his country second. Proves once again that the GOP is completely useless...

Posted by: LABC | February 12, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Well, I hope Obama now gives up on bringing more republicans into his administration. And I hope he's finished "reaching across the aisle" to be more "bipartisan".

It's obvious republicans are out of touch, out of favor, out of steam and totally out of ideas.

The republican party certainly shows no coherent or logical strategy to elect more republicans to congress. The current strategy seems to be "wait and see if Obama fails then blame him for everything."

Unfortunately time is running out for that strategy: if the economy starts turning around at the end of this year, they have nothing to run on when they start their campaigns in early 2010.

If they lose many more seats in just 19 months, they'll become an irrelevant party.

DAStubbs,
Minneapolis

Posted by: dastubbs | February 12, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Gregg may attribute his withdrawal to the difference in philosophy, but it's a philosophy he was well aware of before singaling his willingness to accept the position. It's more likely a result of the GOPs hardline approach and strong resistance to any bi-partisan overtures by President Obama and their unrentless, longstanding fear of any success by a Democratic administration. It's once again party and politics above country.

Posted by: BillJoanneChoboy | February 12, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Gregg no doubt is just another ideologue through and through conservative republican first and an American second.
Good people in NH should remember next time they go vote that this pervert with his perverse ideology and rights only of his kind sacrificed the country because his perverse ideology of inequality got in the way.

The only solution for the country to move forward is to rid this menace of conservative republicanism once for ever. These malignant narcissists are not only sick in the head, but have a real character flaw, that is not amicable for the welfare or the best interest of the country. This SOB is just another hypocrite coward.

Posted by: winemaster2 | February 12, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

This is good news: Judd Gregg was a conservative, unprincipled thug who opposed funding for the federal census and was interested in the Cabinet position only to save his own skin since he faces an election bid in a highly Democratic state. Sen. Gregg and all the other Republicans who are working to bring down our nation deserve to be paraded into the town square, set in the stocks, and pelted with rotten eggs.

The Republicans, led by their philosopher-in-chief Rush Limbaugh, are dangerous anti-American thugs.

Posted by: dee5 | February 12, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse


Taking over the independence of The Census Bureau is a power grab.

The count of our citizens for drawing electoral maps and apportioning representatives, should be honest and
non-partisan.

Whenever objective entities in government like the Congressional Budget Office or the Census are subject to partisan control, America loses some of it's heritage of freedom.

Posted by: chicago77 | February 12, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Let us remember, that Obama caved to the ILLEGAL ALIEN lobby AFTER he nominated Gregg. He took the census away from Gregg and gave it to Rahm Emanuell. Obama dissed Gregg. Why was Obama going to let Richardson be in charge of the census, despite Richardson being under federal investigation? Yet Gregg, who has a stellar history of honor and integrity, was not good enough to be in charge of the census?

Obama seems to hate white guys.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | February 12, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

My oppinion of Gregg has just slid dramatically. Last week you could stand up before America and say that you wanted to put partisian differences aside and do what's right for the country. You said that while you had differences of oppinion with President Obama you could work through that for the good of the people. SO Senator Gregg, what changed? How has Obama's position on the economy changed that all of a sudden what were bridgeable differences are now a chasm of disagreements? Did the Do-Nothing Republicans have a 'talk' with you? What promises were given to make you do such a turn-around? Or did some of Cheney's persuaders pay you a little midnight visit? You seantor Gregg are no patriot? You would rather continue the partisan words that the Do-Nothing Republicans so greatly enjoy. I hope the good people of New Hampshire wise up and lay you off as well!

Posted by: dre7861 | February 12, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I nominate Gentleman Jack Welch for Commerce Secretary.

Posted by: GWA1 | February 12, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, hasn't been the smoothest transition for Obama. He took a lot of risks, and it saddens me that he's had so many problems with his nominees.

However, seeing him out talking to Americans shows that he's trying really hard to fix the problems for the American people. At least the people who had tax issues would have performed their job admirably, unlike Bush's appointees who were downright incompetent, or worse, committed far more heinous crimes than forgetting or omitting a tax. I'm not trying to defend people who don't pay their taxes... but it's so common among rich people that honestly I think that probably 90% of rich people aren't paying some tax they should.

Let the repugs have their moment. This is a blow for Obama, but in comparison to what Bush did to America, it's extremely minor.

Posted by: atacoma | February 12, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Say it again...a dying breed indeed. Where do they find these people to put in charge...oh, that's right they are no longer in charge--thank GOD!
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According to MSNBC's John Yang, all indications are that Judd Gregg didn't even tell the White House that he had decided to withdraw his name from consideration for the cabinet before announcing it publicly.

Gregg also released his statement just as President Obama was about to speak at the Caterpillar plant in Peoria, Illinois. (Caterpillar has said that as soon as the stimulus is signed into law, it can begin rehiring laid-off workers.)

All this strongly suggests that Gregg's move was calculated partisan politics, and it underscores this fundamental truth of modern politics: the Republican Party can not, and will not, put partisan politics aside for the good of the country.

With near unanimity, they are utterly incapable of compromise


Posted by: StevefromSacto

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 12, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

"Cataclysmic shock"? You think this is a "cataclysmic shock"? Chris, you either need to cut down on the caffeine or get thee to a dictionary fast. Or perhaps you just learned the word today and couldn't wait to use it.

This is actually good news for Obama, both because he won't have to deal with someone whizzing in his own tent, and because Dems will pick up the seat next year anyway, due in no small part to Gregg's erratic behavior over the appointment (ask for it, accept it, then change his mind?). While New Hampshirites may have supported Gregg before the appointment, they certainly won't after he ballsed this up so badly.

Posted by: ched | February 12, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

This is an OBVIOUS rebot move...

You rebots are taken Presidents Obama's kindness for his weakness.

The world is seeing President Obama's bipartisanship.

WTF...this rebot arsshole thanking his wife for what?

Did Judd Gregg WIN something? Why is he thanking people?

He reminds me of the first dude...waving as if he won the snowmobil race.

Posted by: opp88 | February 12, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm so glad Gregg is gone. We don't need loose right wing wing nuts in the cabinet.
Obama was wrong to ask him. He needs to ask somebody normal...somebody sane...somebody sans an "R" by their name.

Posted by: RadicalGlove | February 12, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance.

Posted by: hamishdad | February 12, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Is it possible that Mr Gregg will be joining other Senators in the California lawsuit demanding that Barry Soetero aka Barak Obama prove that he is qualified to be President of the United States of America??
Over 40 lawsuits have been denied, including 8 that have been dismissed by the United States Supreme Court.
Barry Soetero freely admits that his Father was a man from Kenya, under the jurisdiction of Britain, making him, Barry, a dual Citizen and therefore not elgible to hold the office of the President. Born Barak Hussein obama, and renamed by his Mother's 2d Husband, as Barry Soetero, of which it still remains, as Barry has never legally changed his name to his current alias.

Posted by: savvyshopper2 | February 12, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Breaking News: Obama nominates Al Capone for Commerce Secretary.

In a speech to his groupie/reporters, Obama was quoted as saying: "Mr. Capone is qualified for the job under my 3 criteria: He is from Chicago, he doesn't pay his taxes, and he is a thug."

Posted by: Cornell1984 | February 12, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse


"president" Obama is an epic failure

He will rank among America's worst.

Posted by: ObamaBiden | February 12, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse


Awwwww. Poor wittle Republicans.

Looks like they are still having a poopy pants tantrum over Obama's stimulus success!

Now we can get a good Democrat into the position and actually accomplish something. Repubbies sure are making it easy to ignore them. What a bunch of losers!

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | February 12, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I think that on the merits, Senator gregg should not have accepted to be considered for the Commerce Secretary. It is obvious that both he and President Obama had discussed the situation and Senator Gregg thought he could be a loyal cabinet member. Actually it is good to know that their differences are unworkable NOW rather than later. Both he and President Obama are fine men, but obviously their differences are to great. I appreciate Senator Gregg's honesty in this situation.

Posted by: mari2JJ | February 12, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who think that Republicans are totally to blame here- and that it's good Sen. Gregg doesn't take the position, please view http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALAIEYq5Y00 for the true story of where the mess began!

Posted by: camphoneguy
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YouTube, ha ha ha...just like a Repuke to use YouTube as a credible source of news. Oh yes, you fit right in to the Rush crowd, lol...

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 12, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Forget the Republicans! There are plenty of democrats to fill the slot. I don't recall either Bush or Ronald Reagan turning themselves into pretzels to figure out how to include the losing party in their cabinets.

Posted by: fmjk | February 12, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

According to MSNBC's John Yang, all indications are that Judd Gregg didn't even tell the White House that he had decided to withdraw his name from consideration for the cabinet before announcing it publicly.

Gregg also released his statement just as President Obama was about to speak at the Caterpillar plant in Peoria, Illinois. (Caterpillar has said that as soon as the stimulus is signed into law, it can begin rehiring laid-off workers.)

All this strongly suggests that Gregg's move was calculated partisan politics, and it underscores this fundamental truth of modern politics: the Republican Party can not, and will not, put partisan politics aside for the good of the country.

With near unanimity, they are utterly incapable of compromise

Posted by: StevefromSacto | February 12, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Commerce, an inconsequential post in a department made even less consequential after the Obama team entirely politicized the national Census.

This withdrawal, however, makes team Obama look bad, highlighting their efforts to cheat on the count and ensure Dimocratic hegemony in Congress.

At least the Republican paid his taxes.

Posted by: magellan1 | February 12, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Alleluhah, less fleas in bed. Gregg is not a moderate but a staunch repugnant. Good riddance.
Republican are really scared that the stimulus will work and therefore the GOP can add RIP to that.

Posted by: tango4hormigas | February 12, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm thoroughly disgusted with Gregg and the Republican party. Judd Greg knew what he was getting into and it is ridiculous to think otherwise. He's a big boy. Judd Greg caved to his right wing Republican party- that is it. This is all about power and nothing about what to do best for the country. This has nothing to do with beliefs. It is total cold and mean power. Their is no bipartisonship by people who are so extreme and power blind. This party is led by the uber-right that are feeling their loss in status to the level of hysteria and irrational power mongering. In this case, we can all hold their motives suspect. This isn't about the Obama vetting process at all.

This Machiavellian meaness is something we will all remember as a people. With the world watching, this may be thought as a test of the Obama administration. It certainly is. However, it is a test of the defunct Republican party. On all acounts this party has failed. It is as black and as anti- as can possibly be. That these same people laugh and tell poor jokes about their power mongering is scary and bewildering to watch. These idiots are lost and are heavy baggage for the rest of us to bear. They are heavy baggage for the Obama administration to bear. This dark, cold party of the "anti" and fear is sadly full of old, wrinkly pink guys with glassy pin point eyes. It is their shrill porcine cries and gutter gutteral gummings of their caucus that keeps pulling us into the mud. Gregg is back in the mud and the news cycle begins again.

Posted by: lucy2008 | February 12, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

This is just another sign that the Republicans are not going to make any effort toward cooperation to help the nation if it goes against their precious ideology. The Repukes would obviously rather see millions of Americans lose their homes and jobs than see Obama and the Democrats succeed. It's time to end these efforts at reconciling with the old white men and start playing some serious hardball.

Posted by: ElectricBill | February 12, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama was letting ACORN run the census, and the Chicago Mob/Daley Machine/Rahmbo destroy what should be a non-political count of the people of this country.

Obama let lobbyists decide. He was going to let the hispanic, Richardson, handle the census, but not the white guy. That is racism. Obama is a bigot. That was blatant discrimination. I hope Gregg sues Obama.

Obama has disgraced himself. Good for Gregg for standing up for what is right.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | February 12, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

very good points...
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So Gregg just figured out the White House went Democratic in November?!

Posted by: PaulCostello | February 12, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much in back taxes Gregg owes?


Posted by: opp88 | February 12, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

This is all about the Dems trying to steal the census - again. Clinton tried it leading up to 2000. It is an issue Gregg cares about deeply and it just came up out of the blue the other day and was the deal killer.

As for those commenting here who think Republicans are too partisan what about Murtha, Pelosi, Waxman? Do you folks pay attention? What happened to that favorite saying of the left, "dissent is patriotic."

Posted by: tknisely | February 12, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama: Most Stupid "president" Evah ! ! !

Posted by: ObamaBiden
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LOL...you know in your heart that nothing could be further from the truth, lol...bet it just eats you up at night that Obama makes Bush, McCain, and Palin look like illiterates...oh yeah and comments like this makes you look "most stupid" too, lol...

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 12, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

WOW, an Obama nominee with integrity. Now thats change you can believe in.

Posted by: gman6 | February 12, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Why don't the Republicans just go ahead and wear cow bells around their necks? Good riddance, back to the herd with you now little doggie.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | February 12, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Nice Change: Principled Republican and not a Crooked Democrat.
He found it Hard to stay with scum.
( for you dems ... crooked means criminal)

Posted by: musketguy | February 12, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

So Gregg just figured out the White House went Democratic in November?!

Posted by: PaulCostello | February 12, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much in back taxes Gregg owes?

Posted by: jdcw | February 12, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

So, ya'll thing Obama made a poor decision picking Judd in the first (or second) place? Is that what you're saying?

Or are you saying that he made a GOOD decision to pick him? I seem to remember everyone talking about how smart it was to cripple the GOP by choosing an effective Senator in a state trending left. Do you take back that analysis?

losthorizon10, how much spine does it take to vote to give your supporters money that they'll return to you in the next campaign cycle? Saying NO to government money is harder than saying yes. For example, did you let the government keep your tax refund? It could sure use the money...

Posted by: lug21 | February 12, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

While I'm not surprised at Gregg's withdrawal from consideration for the Commerce post, I am surprised at some of the commenters on this post. I suppose I expected intelligent comments, sans vitriol and name calling.

Lounatick and Barno 1 -- President Obama has been President Obama fewer than four weeks yet you refer to him as a 'clown'. Does the phrase 'it takes one to know one' have any particular relevance to you? Wait -- don't answer that. I think I already know.

Posted by: CottonCorazi48201 | February 12, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Brian8t: My comments to JaxMax apply to you. Turn off the talk radio and learn how to think for yourself. Recycling tired, old right-wing radio talking points don't cut it.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | February 12, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who think that Republicans are totally to blame here- and that it's good Sen. Gregg doesn't take the position, please view http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALAIEYq5Y00 for the true story of where the mess began!

Posted by: camphoneguy | February 12, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

GREAT!! HIT THE ROAD JACK! And enough of this one sided bi-partisanship effort. To hell with the Repuklican Party...they are just a bunch of winny old White men anyway. It's time to put that party in the past and move forward with real, smart leadership in this country.

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 12, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse


Obama: Most Stupid "president" Evah ! ! !

Posted by: ObamaBiden | February 12, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Greeg takes the job and then quits saying that he doesn't agree with Obama's policies???? Obama has been upfront about his policy ideas, his plans, etc. from the beginning. Greer knew exactly what Obama is about. Maybe he thought he could just walk all over Obama and do whatever he wanted. Either that or he is a fool or both.

I am so sick of these Republicans -- all they do is complain.

They remind me of kindergarten children -- if they don't get their way they throw a tantrum and/or quit when they don't get their way.

The Republicans are sore losers....

Posted by: abby0802 | February 12, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Is this really a surprise?

Posted by: rcaldaro | February 12, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

There is something more here...

From the "Live free or die" state Judd Gregg's state, New Hampshire-

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 6

A RESOLUTION affirming States’ rights based on Jeffersonian principles...
Whereas the Constitution of the State of New Hampshire, Part 1, Article 7 declares that the people of this State have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent State;

Link to full story:

http://newsusa.myfeedportal.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=211

Posted by: davidmwe | February 12, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

My guess, knowing the republicans, is Gregg never even intended the post. He just wanted to..."SCORE SOME POINTS FOR THE TEAM." This is the final staw, President Obama enough with crossing party lines. As we saw the last 8 years with Bush, the republicans all think the democrats are morons and have some kind of sick desease or something. When this stumulus bill works and Obama turns the economy around, the whole republican gang can just sit there and suck there thumbs the next 8 years. Just more grandstanding from the party that has principle...only when there not in charge that is. Enough with these republicans.

Posted by: kubrickstan | February 12, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Gregg (R) pulls his nomination to Secretary of Commerce for the RIGHT reasons ! - he realizes how much Obamunism SUCKS !!!

unlike the rest of the scoundrels who didn't pay taxes or were in legal
trouble ... this is a breath of fresh air ! It will gives him even
more clout back in the Senate to fight against Obamunism !!!

Posted by: rtfanning | February 12, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

None of this would have happened if voters had remembered to spay and neuter their Republicans.

When President Obama reached out his hand in friendship, they bit it.

He really should have neutered them when he first took office.

He should get them checked for Rabies as well.

Foming at the mouth is the first sigh.

Posted by: svreader | February 12, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure K Street made the decision for him.

Posted by: wayoffbaseguy | February 12, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

JaxMax: Your posts are childish and idiotic. You come off as another mindless, blind, right-wing sheep. Grow up and get a life, please.
Now, as to Gregg: I think it's best he withdraw his name, as he really didn't seem like a good fit (or perhaps his party was afraid it would loose the N.H. seat next year.)
However, Gregg's frankness is appreciated.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | February 12, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are really making it easy to choose in the elections of 2010 and 2012. Either The Audicity of Hope or The Audacity of Nope. I'm betting on the latter.

Posted by: jdepinto | February 12, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Gregg WHO?.
The Confederate Republicans probabably read him the Riot Act.
He probably heard what they were calling the "Gang of Three" Turncoat Republicans Collins, Snow and Specter.
"Problems with the Stimulus" Hell the Stimulus was aroung even before he accepted the position. Did he NOT read what was passed in the House?
We dont need him as Commerce Sec. Anyway.
The Confederate Republican Senators are still trying to contest last November's Election.
Barack won 360-130 Get over it..
In all my life following Politics I have heard or read where the LOOSERS- The Minority- gets to call the shots.
Elections have CONSEQUENSES.
If you put up a sorry Canidate who ran a terrible campaign who picked a Sorry Running Mate ... What do you expect? A DO Over???
Get over it . Stop being obstructionists.
Leader Boehner is from Ohio . Ohio was loosing jobs for the last five years. Plants have been closing for the last 10 years . Cleveland and Toledo have large amounts of forclosures .
Boehner is Silent.
The Republicans lost OHIO a state that they won in the last two Presidential Elections because of the ECONOMY.
What did TAX Cuts do for the OHIO WORKER? Not a thing. Tax Cuts means nothing if you dont have a job and loosing your house.
But all you hear from the Confederate Republicans is
" Tax Cuts".
They can play obstructionists if they want BUT the Democrats " Have the VOTES"

Posted by: Carprin | February 12, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse


Here's my take on attempts to reach out to republicans to reach bipartisan agreement on urgent issues facing this country. ENOUGH! They screwed this country up, and are doing their best to keep it that way. ENOUGH! Move on! Get the best people for the job and do what's necessary to get things going in this country and tell Mitch McConnell and John Boehner to SHUT UP and go to hell!

Posted by: dlpetersdc | February 12, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

A textbook case of "Hit the Ground Limping"!!??

Posted by: pKrishna43 | February 12, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

If Sen. Gregg doesn't like the stimulus plan, perhaps he can exclude his state from the benefits.
The GOP is looking like a lousy team being coached by a fat guy in the stands -- Rush Limbaugh.
Good riddance.

Posted by: wilderfield1 | February 12, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

GOOD RIDDANCE TO ANOTHER GOP THUG.

Are Republican politicians the slimiest people on earth or what? This weasel can't even muster the spine to vote for a stimulus package desperately needed by millions due to his party's disastrous fiscal policies.

The Great Republican Depression will go on just fine without him.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | February 12, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Senator Greg's comment that he and President Obama did not focus on issues of Stimulus package and proposed change in reporting of director of census directly to President DOES NOT MEET THE SMELL TEST.

Anyone following stimulus debate knew the general size, scope and content of it; Senator Gregg certainly knew that when he was considering the position. With respect to census issue what is there to focus? It is as black and white as it can be.

Senator should come out straight to preserve his integrity. It seem to me that he is not able to stand the Republican Party pressure that his replacement may not be able to get reelected from N.H. Who knows what other deals are behind his decision to bow out. He owes public a more believable explanation or he should declare that he will not run again for senate to show his high moral standards. His actions seem partisan and selfish at the expense of the many unemployed who need financial and political stability. IS HE GOING TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT? HAS HE BEEN PROMISED A LUCRATIVE JOB IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR?

Posted by: narainb | February 12, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

This is a disappointment for Barack Obama's and his attempt at bi-partisan politics (or 'team of rivals'). It is, however, understandable. We Democrats are passing the largest stimulus package ever enacted in the USA. It's a huge gamble. We're walking on the proverbial "Yellow Brick Road." It's no place for the meek, and Mr. Judd doesn't have the benefit of the support of his party. I didn't see this working in the first place. It's a relief for me. I'm sure Obama can locate a fiscal conservative within our own party if he wants balance (no, that wouldn't be an oxymoran, lol).

take a deep breath. Obama has done a superb job so far. This is a minor bump in the road. We have much bigger fish to fry!

Posted by: christydaly | February 12, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

To: Barno1
I bet you can fix the problems of this country in a hurry while sitting in your trailer, huh?

To lounatick8 :
Perhaps your bicycle shop needs to hire Gregg then.

Posted by: JoeSixPack2 | February 12, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"and highlights the perils of Obama's efforts to put Republicans -- including a relatively conservative one like Gregg -- into high positions in his administration."

Oh yeah, right. It's so much easier nominating corrupt, tax-dodging democrats...... Seems like they have an even higher failure rate.

Posted by: Spitfires | February 12, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

The Republican position is ridiculous. The Democrats start off by including Republican positions in their bills and maybe that is the problem. I think the Democrats need to start off with a Democratic bill and let Pelosi play the bad cop. Then Obama can step in and be the good cop and put some of what the Republicans want in the bill. The real problem was Obama started negotiating with himself. Let me be clear, when the Republican’s controlled the chamber they wanted to do away with the 60 vote rule. Maybe that should be revisited.

Posted by: bradcpa | February 12, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

The Limbaughs ( formerly the Republicans ) are too partisan to be a part of the government of today. They should restrict themselves to ranting on talk radio and let the grownups work out the problems that the Limbaughs created with their ideologue mentalities for the past 8 years.

Posted by: dan298 | February 12, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

You know the Republicans will now complain that President Obama has not lived up to his promise to have a bi-partisan cabinet.

Posted by: mlmassey1 | February 12, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

This means that the Democrats will have to start knocking heads to pass bills in the Senate.
By 2010 the dems will have a supermajority in both houses.

Posted by: speedyo | February 12, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama made a real effort to be inclusive, but I guess some Republicans just have to be partisan no matter what. They screwed up the country and seem to want it to continue sinking. It's time for the president to seek someone without baggage who actually wants the job.

Posted by: wrogers2 | February 12, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

All the Republicans care about is to take back Congress again,in 2010, so their Wall Street friends and themselves can Rob the Federal Reserve again, and let Wall Street Run wild again, without any laws.

Bush and the Republicans are 100% Resposible for this mess and They Rubber Stamped every thing he wanted and did.

They have been crooked ever since those Pack of lies Colon Powell gave us at the UN, on Feb.5,2003. To That Conspiricy that got us into the War with Iraq, which Bush and the Republican Invaded by their Votes. Their should be a full Criminal investigation, which Sen. Leahy is pushing for.

The Republican will do anything they can to make Obama look bad, so they look good. They feel if Obama look good, then they will look bad.

Posted by: jdLaughead | February 12, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

If obambi succeeds In turning us all into socialists, we all fail.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 12, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA JUST NEEDS A BETTER AD TO GET A COMMERCE SECRETARY

WANTED:

Economically illiterate political hack to support unplanned mega stimulus boondoggle and trade protectionism in the face of all recorded economic data.

Must refrain from laughing during President Obama's daily droolings, and agree that all decisions are made by Pelosi and Reid while Obama enjoys his new ride.

TEAM OBAMA:Blago is tanned, rested and ready.

Posted by: JaxMax | February 12, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

It was a bizarre appointment. Gregg's unprecedented demand that HE get to decide the political affiliation of his successor in the Senate should have set bells ringing nonstop in Obama's belfry! Now, perhaps, our new President can consider appointing a professional --- as distinguished from another political hack!

Posted by: arthurg | February 12, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I am so tired of this people who cannot appreciate that at least, thy are getting job offers! the rest of us have been looking for obs now for more than a year. What do I have to show for my degrees? I can't even feed my one child!

Obama should stop appeasing these ungreatful people and give the jobs to rest of us who have been faithful and loyal to the course. Please! I need a job now...

Posted by: tintin081 | February 12, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I really don't get Republicans. You knew about President Obama's stance on issues long before you accepted his nomination- and now all of a sudden you have to take a stance based on "principle" because your views and ideologies differed?! Why even accept the nomination?

As for President Obama - thank you for trying to change the the culture in Washington. However, Republicans have proved they only want to be obstructionists. So, I say, run their @sses over.

Posted by: DinahS | February 12, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Bad move, Judd. In two years this seat will be open and New Hampshire is decidedly blue. This doesn't stengthen the GOP.

Posted by: Attucks | February 12, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I am glad Gregg withdrew from the nomination. I had serious concerns as to whether he would be effective within the current administration due to differring views. Clearly, the Obama Administration is proceeding in a different direction from the Bush Administration. For those in this comment section that appear to have recently awaken from an eight year coma, it was the Bush Administration that brought us to this economic breaking point based upon a laissez faire economic model (e.g. allowing financial institutions to create toxic mortgages, allowing oil companies to name their price for gas per gallon (like Priceline), and allowing tax cuts to the rich which eliminated a budget surplus that resulted in an increase to the national debt. At some point, Gregg would have to leave anyway. Obama needs to select someone who whole-heartedly subscribes to his economic plan. Probably won't be a Republican but needs to be someone who pays their taxes, please.

Posted by: PharaohXIII | February 12, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

We voted for CHANGE!!!! If Judd Gregg can't provide that he has no business in the office and it's good he's not going to be there.

In our great nation there are over 3000 institutions of higher education and three hundred million citizens. So there is no doubt we have people more qualified and able than Judd Gregg for the position.

Maybe even someone who doesn't have that "I'm ruling over you...peasant!" mentality that we've seen too much of over the last 20 years.

And for Judd Gregg to wait all this time before turning it down when he probably knew in his gut from the start that he didn't want the job, should hurt his credibility.

Big deal. Good riddance.

Posted by: IhaveANidea | February 12, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I AM SO FED UP WITH THE REPUBLICANS.....WHY DON'T THEY TAKE SOME ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND GET OVER IT.....THEY WANT THE PRESIDENT TO FAIL AND THEY DO NOT CARE IF THEY TAKE THE WHOLE COUNTRY DOWN THE DRAIN WITH THEM.....THEY ACTUALLY LISTEN TO RUSH LIMBAUGH ?????? ARE THEY COMPLETELY NUTS????? MR. OBAMA HAS BEEN IN OFFICE FOR 3, BARELY 3 WEEKS!!!!AND THEY HAVE NOT SHUT UP YET!!!!! I DON'T AGREE WITH OBAMA ON SOME THINGS BUT THESE PEOPLE ARE ARROGANT, OBSTRUCTIONIST, ELITIST AND I AM BEGINNING TO THINK VERY DANGEROUS!

Posted by: sadja | February 12, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Nobody’s accepting the Commerce position because O and his economic hacks have so minimized the position.
They refuse to attack our trade imbalance, job flight, and outsourcing overseas.
Senator Sherrod Brown wanted to know what would be done to keep jobs from being outsourced by companies receiving public funds.
All Little, Itsy Bitsy, Tiny Winnie, Timmy Geithner could say is that he, “didn't want to micromanage banks or impose restrictions that would cost them money!”
Don’t you all smell a massive diversion of public funds to hacks on boards of banks and their primary investment clients?
Basically, we’ve just bailed out their investors (follow the money!) because Berkshire-Hathaway types and board members have too much power over congress. They are our the fourth branch of government – Treasury’s second arm.
So, these hacks get their investment losses back, and O let's Joe Plumber and Henrietta Hughes freeze out in the cold.
They’re stealing OUR money and the WP is letting them do it!

Posted by: lockmallup | February 12, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I put the blame squarely on Obama -- why in the world nominate a relatively undistinguished, very conservative guy like Gregg in the first place?

Plenty of other republicans out there, this guy was not a good fit to begin with.

The amateurish nature of the administration in contrast to the tight campaign it ran is astonishing.

Posted by: fendertweed | February 12, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

This isn't a cataclysmic anything. Sen. Gregg's appointment never made a lot of sense; his withdrawal will spare President Obama a disgruntled Cabinet Secretary in charge of a minor department.

Posted by: jbritt3 | February 12, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

This is not a major blow at all. Does anyone know what the Commerce Secretary actually does?

I never understood by Obama wanted him in the first place, esp since the GOP was going to keep the NH seat for now.

Next man up!!

Posted by: hoos3014 | February 12, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

"he has such great judgement" It's better than the repukes have been showing lately. He apparently gives Reps more credit than they deserve though. If Gregghad not thought through the potential differences he and Obama would have by the time he accepted the appt., then like GW, he doesn't do much long range thinking. Chuck Hagel is going to take over the Atlantic Council for Obama, replacing Jones. I'd like to see Hagel come in closer and get a cabinet appointment but it is possible he wants to stay away from DC.

Posted by: rias2500 | February 12, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

The nation and Obama are better off. Obama's been reaching out to the Republicans and is spit upon every time. Like the frog in the proverb, he has to start realizing that the scorpion said: "It's my nature." These dead-enders can't help themselves...

Posted by: tzem | February 12, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Former mayor, crack dealer and tax cheat Marion Barry would fit right in perfectly.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 12, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Nominate a Democrat for the position and move on.

Posted by: blakesouthwood | February 12, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I am rather appalled at the contributors who are delighted with the prospect of our President failing.

Folks, we don't have that particular luxury right now. If President Obama fails -- we will all fail with him.

If there ever was a time for united action, this is it.

Posted by: and2rewham | February 12, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

A nominee's name withdrawan in Honor. Perhaps this one nominee and the inevitable and rightful conflict highlights perhaps more than gridlock, more than partisanship and obstructionism, but the irreconciliable political philosophies of the two national parties over which there can be compromise. Perhaps our Country is at the grand fork in our national governmental approach to addressing (however successfully) our country's problems. Depending on how the Democratic vision succeeds, may lay out the course of the political direction of our country for the next fifty years.

Posted by: TabLUnoLCSWfromUtah | February 12, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: jbritt3 | February 12, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Finally, a Republican with GUTS!!!!

Posted by: PalmSpringsGirl | February 12, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

President Obama's attempts to reach out to Republicans may be noble, but really enough is enough. I hope he sees by now that he is not going to be able to change the tone in Washington single-handed. Its time to appoint people who support his policies and move forward with them. Republicans can get on board or not. Obama won in November by a decisive margin. He does not need to beg Republicans for their support.

Posted by: jayelle5 | February 12, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I guess I hadn't been following this, so I hadn't heard about this plan to have the Census people report directly to the White House. How can that possibly be OK? Where's the outrage? Isn't it obvious that the administration wants to tightly control the 2010 census for its own political reasons -- namely to ensure a count and an allocation that is most advantageous for the Democratic party? Why else would they do this? Where's the justification? The Census Administration, or whatever it's called, is already under the Department of Commerce, so it's already subject to the president's will to some degree. Why take it directly under the wing of the White House, if not for nefarious political purposes?

When the last administration fired some US Attorneys, political appointees all, the left lost its you-know-what and started wailing about politicization at the DOJ. What -- does Obama just get a pass for this?

Anyone who claimed to have a problem with the Bush DOJ who doesn't have an equally big (if not bigger) problem with this is a hypocrite.

Good for Gregg.

Posted by: dcpost1 | February 12, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh the shock and the horror! It was such a MAJOR blow! Puhleeez! Like I said on the other chat, forget bipartisanship!

And if this old guy wants to remain a senator from New Hampshire in 2010, he better be an Independent or Democrat by then.

Posted by: repubsux | February 12, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Obambi is really stumbling

Posted by: Phil6 | February 12, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

First off, this is on Obama and not Gregg. He was a terrible nominee to begin with and not in step with anything Obama stands for. Why Obama nominated him for Commerce still hasn't been explained. He would have truely hurt Census. So Obama deserves this one but ultimately it's the country who come out ahead. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Posted by: dovelevine | February 12, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but this president is just not working out, on many levels. Good for Judd for sticking to his convictions.

Watching America slide into oblivion is painful. Maybe if Obama tried to be a president, instead of endless campaigning we wouldn't have the dynamic duo of Pelosi/Reid destroying everything they touch.

oh, and good luck with finding a tax paying Democrat for Obama's next nominee.

Posted by: playfair109 | February 12, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Wow, a lot of haters here. Careful about becoming what you profess to oppose, there, kids - closed-minded, etc. Right after Gregg was nominated, the Obama team was maladroit enough to announce just at that moment that the Census was being taken away from the Commerce Department and given to the White House staff. The term we're searching for here is 'dumb move'. The action should set off alarm bells, since when the GOP returns to the White House, as history suggests it will some time, they will exercise the same previously unprecedented prerogative.

Most of the posters above seem not to care, since their dislike of Bush and the GOP overrides every other political emotion. Some display of the loyalty to principle that liberals are always stressing separates them from conservatives . . . I could cite many examples of chickens coming home to roost in this regard, but I'll skip it since it probably would be like talking to a box o' rocks anyway . . .

Posted by: MarkR1 | February 12, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

@gnostic19 - I guess you're so tied in to the daily goings-on in Washington that you knew this was coming and know exactly how everyone in the Whitehouse and on the Hill reacted, right? Why don't you let the professionals do their jobs and focus the peanut gallery comments on something you might know a little more about.

Posted by: jomolungma | February 12, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

When you hire someone, you indicate you have confidence in them to do the job. By moving the Census into the White House, as the Left wanted, Obama was showing, right off the bat, that he had no confidence in Gregg. As a man of principle, Gregg had no choice but to resign. Obama has talked a good game regarding bipartisanship, but his actions keep showing that he doesn't really mean it. And polls show Americans are catching on.

Posted by: dakotadoug83 | February 12, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans make me sick. No doubt they would be signing their names three times over if Bush was still in the White House. Obama MUST take a lesson from Teddy Roosevelt who said " Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft."
I say To hell with bi-partianship. We WON. let us show these hypocritical greedy bloodsuckers what winning really means. it is clear they do not appreciate civility. Another quote by Roosevelt: Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones. The republicans still need to learn that lesson.


Posted by: JoeSixPack2 | February 12, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Judd Gregg? Who's he? Maybe he'll be better off busking on the street corner or down in the subways...let these conservative politicians work for a living for a change, put them at the other end of "trickle-down economics" for a change.

Posted by: Jerryvov | February 12, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or is it becoming very challenging to find any politician who can stand up to normal scrutiny? It used to be that a public servant was proud of their record and wanted it to be without blemish... have things gotten this bad, that we can't get a line-up of responsible appointees?

Posted by: TerrifiedAmerican | February 12, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are the world's champion foot-shooters and bridge-burners.

For their next trick, they'll bisect theselves at the crotch...

Posted by: svreader | February 12, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, that is why he removed his name...
Could never be because of this:

NH Sovereignty Bill on table-
NH to US Government - enough is enough:
http://newsusa.myfeedportal.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=211

Posted by: davidmwe | February 12, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Another no guts wimpy republican putting his party ahead of the national interests, good riddance. These guys are the king of no guts politicians, he didn't even have enough guts to vote on the stimulus package, didn't want to anger his backwards thinking and acting fellow Neanderthals.

Posted by: youngbob53 | February 12, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Great, I knew he wanted to retire in 2010. He can't win in NH!

Posted by: Conserve | February 12, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

This is a cataclysmic shock..."

Uh, ok. I love how the media, both print and electronic, tries to inflate the story day in and day out. Get over yourselves.

Posted by: gnostic19 | February 12, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse


It's pretty funny what Republicans consider victories and successes these days.

Let's see...attempting (and failing LOL!) to block legislation supported by the American people, obeying right-wing extremist and anti-American traitor Rush Limbaugh instead of the American people...and now quitting in a huff! While you wallow in bitterness and pathetic posturing, we are working with the American people to make our country better.

This is reflected in the fact that the VAST majority of Americans think Obama is doing a smashing job and your impotent clowns in Congress have a 24% approval rating.

Keep up the good work, loooosers! Bring on 2010.

:)

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | February 12, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't the president know some Democrats that he can appoint to his Cabinet?

Posted by: tlc20011 | February 12, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

The census is an absolute waste of money. There's no way of tracking illegal immigrants and everyone else is being tracked anyway. Seems redundant for the gov't to ask people questions they already know the answer to...

Posted by: hollylama | February 12, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to BADDDDDDDDDD rubbish.. NEXT......... He is a Republican my goodness.. those people want Obama to fail.. remember..they are taking their marching orders from Mr. Pork himself..Rush Limbaugh.. Gregg chose to put Party over Country ..so much for Patriotism.

Posted by: sabrina2 | February 12, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

GEEZ! Is this post haunted or what? Don't they find out specifics about the position before they accept the nomination? This is nuts!

Posted by: MtnGrl | February 12, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Because they both knew of their philosophical and political differences. Gregg didn't have to accept the nomination. Obama didn't have to offer it, but I believe he was trying to show he was reaching out to the Republicans. Personally, I think Gregg is being selfish for whatever reason...It's no secret they didn't have a lot in common to begin with.

Posted by: brigid1 | February 12, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with the general tenor of the posted responses.

It's time to look beyond "bi-partisanship." It takes two parties to have a "bi" relation, and the Republicans are more interested in their relation to Rush Limbaugh than in their relation to reality.

So, Obama should keep working at it, as a long term project. But for now, junk the idea of putting any more Republicans in the Cabinet.

Posted by: guitar1 | February 12, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't see how this is a "big" problem at all. The Obama administration has been filling posts and doing real work in record time. That they have had a disappointment here and there in terms of filling a post is more a function of the sheer number of positions to be filled than any functional issue with the administration itself.

One good candidate withdrew. He won't be the last. They'll find a replacement and move on.

Posted by: dwm042 | February 12, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

And when the census was lodged in Commerce, Bush simply put a lot of his cronies in positions to do his bidding sub rosa, without it seeming as though the White House was involved. We still have many of those unqualified folks working in government positions and causing all sorts of problems. A good investigative reporter could easily ferret them out.

Posted by: Marywexler38 | February 12, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

What, did he just realize that Obama is a Democrat? Sounds like the Cabinet is better off without this doofus.

Posted by: gmcduluth | February 12, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Need I remind you of Tom Delay's (R) landmark attempt to redistrict Texas?

Republicans are as credible as sewer rat's when it comes to ethics, morality and justice in government.
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And the Democrats have the high ground when it comes to "paying your taxes is patriotic". Too funny if it wasn't so sad.

Posted by: Skkye | February 12, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Figures, the Republican withdraws due to principled differences. The Democrats withdrew over scandal and tax evasion. Not much change going on, is there?

Posted by: lewwaters | February 12, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I guess Gregg wants to be part of the problem and not part of the solution. He, and apparently 95% of his party, just don't get it. One of the main reasons he was selected is because Obama doesn't want people to just fall in line with his ideas. Contrary views coalesce into useful and meaningful policy.

But ya gotta do what ya gotta do. The move adds credence to the argument that the Republicans are doing all they can to block Obama's bi-partisan efforts. It may create a 24-hour distraction, but the bill is in the bag. Even if Gregg votes against it their are still 61 votes in favor. The administration would be smart to quickly address this and move forward with the more pressing concerns of the American people.

Posted by: jomolungma | February 12, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Lincoln, Mr. President/Team Obama...

What would Lincoln do about:

* State-supported "community gang-stalking"
* Use of radiation weaponry on suspected "undesirables"
* Secret bureaucratic "programs of personal destruction"?
* State-sanctioned "eugenics"

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 12, 2009 4:30 PM
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scrivener,

You are one sick puppy. Seriously, man, get some help.

Question: if these evil conspirators are so ubiquitous and omnipotent, how come you're still alive? Oh, I forgot, you're a combination of James Bond and Batman and they can't get to you like they can get to the rest of us mere mortals. Well, at least thanks for exposing their "gaslighting" techniques. The next time I can't find my car keys I'll call 911 and report a B&E.

Posted by: hisroc | February 12, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

In the words of that great American President... So What!

Posted by: whocares666 | February 12, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Surprise, Surprise. Well, the republicans now have the spotlight back on the President. WHat a move by Gregg. This is further evidence that the GOP is in no mood for bipartisanship. I think the Prsident should publically state that he at least tried to extend a hand to what is now, clearly, the opposition party.

Posted by: BigB1 | February 12, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

President Obama needs to get busy and get ready to create hundreds of jobs in America by spending the $890,000,000,000 he is going to borrow from the next five generations of Americans.

Posted by: CommonSenseRules | February 12, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance! How can you become Commerce Secretary when don't support the President's core economic policies?

I thought it took a lot of nerve for Gregg to not vote for Obama when he was asking for a job from him. Obama made major concessions to Gregg and Gregg spat in his face. Maybe Gregg should have learned from Lincoln Chaffee and Chris Shays: New England Republicans are a dying breed. He probably took the cabinet post to avoid a nasty re-election fight he is bound to lose, and then realized that he couldn't support the president in the key matters affecting his future portfolio.

How about Obama finds someone outside the Senate, better yet, outside government, who supports his policies and knows something about business. What about Michael Bloomberg, for instance/

Posted by: AxelDC | February 12, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Why cant the people that post here take a step back from being partisans for ONE second and think that maybe, just maybe; there can be respectful differences of opinion which cause people to (in good faith) change their mind. All of the people out here slamming Gregg and Republicans are indicative of the negativity that surrounds our politics. I thought being liberal meant being OPEN MIDED; which is exactly what both Pres. Obama and Sen Gregg tried to do...in the end it didnt work out; there is no need for all of the vitriol.

Posted by: jlarranaga | February 12, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

This looks like another case of the Republicans putting partisanship over what's best for the country. That will not do any of us any good and the Repubiicans should be ashamed of themselves!

Posted by: donaldvining | February 12, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Hello, - Why wasn't Dennis Kucinich or Ron Paul asked to be on the Cabinet??!! Please President OBAMA, - Millions of us Voter Citizens Support You,- so why not join in Real Change for OUR NATION??!! The same-ol' same-ol' will Not suffice any more! We-the-People are tired of Criminals in Our" Government> - "Abolish the Federal Reserve Act Immediately"! If Our new President OBAMA IS truly a Patriot and for Our CONSTITUTION, then Please stop these anti-American Nominations for the Filthy $Rich!!! - jward52

Posted by: jward52 | February 12, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

This seems to reflect more on Gregg than on the Obama administration. It's NOT COOL to accept a position from the President of the United States and then to, a week later, say in effect "Oops, I've changed my mind. I guess I hadn't thought about this hard enough."

Egg all over Gregg's face. He should be ashamed of himself.

Posted by: mpl2 | February 12, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

brian8t

Do you delusional republicans ever ask yourselves why Obama has soo much to deal with? Are you people really so out of touch that you are ready to label negatively label Obama in less than a month in office yet ignore the fact that all the problems he is facing were a result of bad republican leadership. You republicans have a bad habit of thinking you can create perception over reality. No matter how you quickly try to create a perception of Obama as a bad leader only time will tell if he is a good president or not. Now looking at our last president we can safely say he was not a good leader but you republicans refuse to see that. You seem to make your own reality.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 12, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

either he did it on purpose, or there's something we don't know...scandal anyone?

Posted by: kgwp | February 12, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I don't blame Gregg. He finally realized that he was Obama's token Republican and that he wouldn't be allowed to do his job without extreme interference and micromanagement from the White House. And yes, I do find Obama's attempt to wrest the Census away from Commerce and put it into his office very iffy indeed. He's going to step in it big time, and soon by the looks of things.

Posted by: Lilycat1 | February 12, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

_________________________________________

Need I remind you of Tom Delay's (R) landmark attempt to redistrict Texas?

Republicans are as credible as sewer rat's when it comes to ethics, morality and justice in government.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | February 12, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

We are in hard times right now. We should all try to be bi-partisan with the struggles at hand. We are one in this mess, let us be one to work out the issues. We should not place blame on the past presidency; what good will come of that. We need to move forward. As far as socialism, well let's see now. Government started buying pieces of banks, etc to help the bailout prior to Obahma. Are there better options? Let's try to provide solutions, not negative comments about either party.

Posted by: LuAnn7 | February 12, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

So Gregg would rather have a job that he'll lose in 2 years? Good for him.

Posted by: HowardsJohnson | February 12, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Good to see Sen. Gregg walk away for this incredibly inept cabinet.

Everytime the Market drops, I ask myself "What did Obama say this time?" Its a shame we will have to put up with these Socialists for 4 years
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And all you care about is the evil corrupt ponzi market $$$$$. Typical repub - people don't mattter just the market, your god.

Posted by: TimeforChange | February 12, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

This proves that President Obama is "The Man".


Gregg couldn't have his way, so he walked...GOOD.

Posted by: OneFreeMan | February 12, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

It takes SOOOOO little intellectual effort to be a republican, how could Judd Gregg pass up such a relaxing life?

Here is all you need to know;
1. Tax cuts for the rich.
2. Hate gays, be homophobic.
3. Support all manner of religious wingnuttery; faith healing, speaking in tongues, witchdoctors, etc, like palin.

Oh, and if you get sick, just get palin to 'lay hands' on you.

It's so intellectually simple, even a CAVEMAN could do it.

BOOYAH!

Posted by: Heerman532 | February 12, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"This is a cataclysmic shock..."

Um, melodramatic much?

Posted by: mpl2 | February 12, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

ENOUGH with the Republican appointments. DEMOCRATS won this election and have been marginalized and demonized by the Republicans for the past 20 years. There are plenty of qualified Democrats available; now is the time to select one and give him or her the honor of serving in the cabinet of a DEMOCRATIC president.

Posted by: TruthTeller41 | February 12, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Good. Good riddance. You can't put someone at the head of a department he does not believe in. Nominate a Democrat, please!

Posted by: habaneronegrito1 | February 12, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

The only purpose to be served by the Gregg nomination would be if his resignation resulted in a Democrat filling his seat. When that was taken off the table, his withdrawal became the best outcome we might have achieved.

Good riddance to bad rubbish. The administration does not need Judd Gregg's membership or advice, and certainly does not need whatever team he would have appointed to the nuts-and-bolts management at Commerce.

Maybe now we can stop pretending that bipartisanship is achievable and start rolling over Republicans, as Obama ought to have been doing since day one.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | February 12, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Thats it the American people are stupid. Based on these comments you have less than 10% intelligence left in America which is why we had George Bush elected and why over 1 trillion will be spent this week without batting an ilash. Fellow Americans Wake the *$%# UP.

Posted by: novamiddleman | February 12, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Judd Gregg comes off looking like an idiot. He should not have accepted the nomination if he had reservations that were not resolved. He wasted President Obama's time and our taxpayer dollars. I hope he fails re-election in his home state!

Posted by: elizabethchambers | February 12, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

1362 days until the next election.

Posted by: jethro1 | February 12, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I don't blame Gregg. He finally realized that he was Obama's token Republican and that he wouldn't be allowed to do his job without extreme interference and micromanagement from the White House. And yes, I do find Obama's attempt to wrest the Census away from Commerce and put it into his office very iffy indeed. He's going to step in it big time, and soon by the looks of things.

Posted by: Lilycat1 | February 12, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Great news. I just wish the census bureau would stick to its constitutional duty by simply counting everyone, and not asking all the superfluous (and unconstitutional) intrusive questions on the rest of the questionnaire.

Posted by: rah62 | February 12, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Too bad- Gregg was by far his best pick.
Looks like Obama will be lucky to have his cabinet filled by the end of his term.

Posted by: 12oreo | February 12, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Big Deal. Anything is preferable than the last eight years of idiocy combined with a repulsive ideology.

Posted by: fluxgirl | February 12, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Judd Gregg wasn't going to stay anyway. I knew of him for the 5 years I lived in New England area and his fiscal responsibility and fresh view of conservatism with the funds, is well known.

I really expect Obama to learn faster, and he often does, that two against the middle in Washington can be toxic. Sure he has a great agenda and wants so badly to help every breathing person he can, but there are times you MUST let some Feel what they have to, to get with the program of being responsible with their own finances, even if living off of $200.00 a week, than try to patch up every little leak. Patience and then a little while deal with that, but because he was open to everything, he gained big pluses and now has some eye opening negatives already in the fire.

Oh well, to whom much is given, much is expected. Time to start using that political capital already maybe??

Posted by: kurtbw | February 12, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad as I don't trust most Republicans and this guy obviously is too far to the right to think on his own. President Obama should pick a qualified Democrat to fill the position and stop the pladating to Repubs - someone who will not push for international treadies like NAFTA which are sending our jobs overseas or allowing legal importation of immigrants to fill American jobs. We have plenty of talent and skill here and any company who will not invest in American workers or help their education - then the heck to them.

Posted by: TimeforChange | February 12, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg has withdrawn his name from consideration as President Barack Obama's Commerce Secretary, a major blow to an Administration seeking to put a series of Cabinet problems behind it.

Are you kidding? I'd call it a major blow to the Republicans, who lose a seat at the Cabinet table. Hopefully that is the end of the attempt by Obama to be bipartisan. As Bush attempted to say once, without success, Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Posted by: wstander | February 12, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Who does Obama's vetting????

Obama better take someone to the woodshed before someone does it to him.

Posted by: treetopflyer | February 12, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Gregg sounds like a man of integrity.
Support what you believe is right and oppose what you believe is wrong. I am a political
independent beholden to neither party. Was
upset with Bush Administration and getting
that way with the Obama Administration.

Posted by: jslivesay | February 12, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

The Gregg nomination was a generous offer by President Obama. That said, his ongoing effort to create a more civil, bipartisan working environment with this current crop of Republicans is only creating unnecessary delays when we are already out of time. We need younger, more innovative appointees who can embrace new ideas and novel approaches to new and unusual problems. At least Senator Gregg was forthcoming enough to admit he has deep philosphical differences with the President. We need to move on quickly and fill this important position.

Posted by: maxfli68 | February 12, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

People need to know what they are talking about when they comment here.

Sen. Gregg is withdrawing in protest to the Obama Administration's decision to put the 2010 Census operation under control of the White House ploitical operations, lead by Rahm Emmanuel, and not where it has historically reside at Commerce. This is the Democrats can skew Census results to their political advantage in such areas as redistricting, and ensures a less transparent Census process.

This decision on the Census was made by Obama after Gregg agreed to be nominated to Commerce. If anyone was betrayed, it would be Se. Gregg - who saw that this new handling of the Census by the White House's political operation is not bipartisnsnhip at all.

Posted by: garylloyd | February 12, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

All of these comments seemed to be rather childish which doesn't bode well for this country ever moving forward in a positive direction. Name calling and one-liners. Is that really all anyone has to offer?
Democrat or Republican who really even cares when you are just trying to figure out how to keep a roof over your head and send your child to a quality school.

Posted by: abhill | February 12, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse


YES!!! Awesome. Very glad he's gone.

Gregg is a dick and Obama should have picked a Democrat to begin with. No more do-nothing, know-nothing Republicans PLEASE. We'd like to actually get things done instead of wallowing in childish sore-loserism.


Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | February 12, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

No more bipartisan-sensitive overtures by the Obama administration. The GOP are son's and daughter's of Hades, who are not interested in the better good of the country but rather the furtherance of the country's demise. Let them go to where they are from.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | February 12, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Bipartisanship SUCKS.

Posted by: ScienceNerd | February 12, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

What, he didn't notice that a stimulus package was being pushed while he negotiated the position? Expect the Dems to come after him HARD in 2 years. Add bad blood to changing NH demographics and get an interesting race. Expect this one to be near the top of the Fix list.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 12, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

lounatick8

Gregg's withdrawal was political. He probably never plan to except the job anyway. Just so right wing clowns like you can have something negative to say. Still wont win you any votes nor elections because Obama is replacing clowns and your party is just a big whining circus right now. Gregg is a true republican. He is too worried about what his base thinks to have the label worked with democrats attached to his resume. Republicans will never change even if it cost them voters. If they want to be negative for the next four years with hope that it will give them traction by 2012 they will learn the same lesson the republicans learned during the clinton era. Obstruction does not garner votes. You and Barno1 can spend the next 4 years hating Obama. No one will care.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 12, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Pulling the census from the Commerce Dept proved beyond doubt that the nomination of Gregg was nothing more than a power grab by BHO. Good for Gregg for standing up to the empty suit.

Posted by: BenLaGuer | February 12, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least Obama hasn't lied to America like Bush and Cheney did to start a war which has killed our troops and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis (bet you Republicans forgot about that little fact, didn't you). I'll take the grinding gears of democracy over blood on the hands any day.

Posted by: tslats | February 12, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Good to see Sen. Gregg walk away for this incredibly inept cabinet.

Everytime the Market drops, I ask myself "What did Obama say this time?" Its a shame we will have to put up with these Socialists for 4 years.

Posted by: brian8t | February 12, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Thank God.
I am so relieved.
It became very apparent that Senator Gregg was not the choice for Commerce Secretary as the Stimulus bill wended its way through Congress.
He's so right-wing, he even clashed with the position of the U.S. Association of Chambers of Commerce on the Stimulus bill.
That's an indication he is too, too far to the far right.
He would have been no help to restore this economy because he would have steadfastly worked against the development of new businesses, such as those that will arise with the Green Revolution.
Let him return to his useless minority whiner seat in the Senate.
I said, when he was nominated, that going from consideration of Governor Bill Richardson to consideration of Senator Judd Gregg was going from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Even Gregg woke up to realize what a complete partisan elite he was.
I'm glad he pulled out.
He would have been hard-pressed to smile during photo ops, when the Obama initiative becomes a success.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | February 12, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

This is great news! Maybe Obama will think about nominating a Democrat.

Posted by: Patriot3 | February 12, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Actually, no one cares. Gregg needs to stay with his GOP friends in the Senate so he can be removed in 2010 by the voters. Now President Obama needs to move forward with his own agenda and not the agenda of the failed Republicans.

Posted by: NewEra | February 12, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

We don't know the full story here. Gregg accepted the position. He says that he had ideological differences with the White House over the stimulus and census issues. However, they obviously discussed those and still he decided to accept the position.

Now .... he declines. He may be claiming that ideological differences are the cause, but I don't believe that they are the cause.

There's something more to this. I look forward to the news that will emerge on this front.

Posted by: NW_Washington | February 12, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Being from New Hampshire, I can assure you that Judd Greg is neither a man of principle nor integrity. His wallet not his conscience was what was bothering him.

Posted by: tom38 | February 12, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Man, Republicans are cold-blooded. They didn't have all these objections when Bush was digging us further into debt and wanted to hand Fort Knox to the banks with no oversight. It has become definitely clear that Republicans only care about power - holding onto it or getting it back. I hope the state of NH impeaches this guy for being a lying snake.

Posted by: TMFB | February 12, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

hmmm
Obambi said richardsonwould run the census.
then when gregg became the nominee, suddenly the Wh would run the census.

Good for Gregg telling obama to Go F himself

Posted by: newagent99 | February 12, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama is bi-racial.

Republicans are bi-facial.

Posted by: svreader | February 12, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, another nail in the coffin of mindless bipartisanism.

Posted by: Itzajob | February 12, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

This Gregg guy sound like an incompetent tool. From his statement it appears that he really wanted to do this and accepted it but that he didn't really think it through first. What kind of jerk IS he? Oh, he's a Republican jerk--not interested in country, only interested in himself and his party.

Good riddance.

Oh, and Barno1? You make no sense.

Blessings.

Posted by: Balt-o-Matt | February 12, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

tax problems!!! differences in stimulus and the census is just a cover-up.

Posted by: ronaldtennillegeorgia1 | February 12, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Glad the clowns who comment here offer silly, inappropriate comments about things which are this important. This is about real governing and real people on both sides of these issues, on both sides of the aisle struggling with how to do meaningful things for all the people of the United States. Unless anyone has anything constructive to add why bother?

Posted by: unchurch | February 12, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Big deal. No, no, not a major blow. Just a minor puff of air. It's obvious he got flak from his fellow, negative, crash and burn America before we agree to anything Obama proposes colleagues. What lackeys these Republicans are. They are so unpatriotic. There should be a special place in he-- for people who turn on their country in a time of trouble. Gregg is one among many.

Posted by: lrb100 | February 12, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

No more 'bipartisanship'. Obama has tried time and time again to give republicans opportunities to help shape the economic future, but the GOP is showing no interest. Republicans are thinking 'my way or the highway', but they are about to find out what little influence they have left. Obama should give up trying to be bipartisan and go left, like the country voted him to do. Sorry GOP, but change is coming.

Posted by: ewrules | February 12, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

After the way the Republicans have acted, the latest being the way Gregg bit Obama's hand, the President shouldn't nominate a Republican for anything for the next eight years.

We Democrats just need to pick up a handfull of seats to not have to worry about these bozo's dirty tricks.

Posted by: svreader | February 12, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

lounatick,
spot on. we need more nominees like harriet myers...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | February 12, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

What a jerk! Why all the drama of forcing Governor Lynch to name a Republican to fill his seat. Really--what a jerk--you do not tell the president "yes" and then say "no." What a complete jerk!

Posted by: Pepper88 | February 12, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

This is solely Sen Gregg's fault. If he wasn't comfy with the position and accompanying administration positions, he should never have accepted the nomination.


So he lost his principles and then came to his senses? This is something to laud? its like pleading temporary insanity...its been so overused you can't trust what he says.

Posted by: rpixley220 | February 12, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Judd, we hardly knew ye. And good riddance for your odd political behavior. No one other than a WH insider could understand the logic in putting you up. Yeah, you are a Rep., but with no particular zip for business and a dim view of the stim pkg (visible weeks ago). You are a wily deal-maker who wanted to dictate to the governor of your state who not to appoint in your place. That's not a traditionally American thing to do, eh?
Go back to the Senate where you can follow the off-key patriotic tunes of the Rep. leadership. You will find that you are more and more isolated from not only the American people at large, but also your very constituents--who probably want the Obama administration to succeed, even if you don't.

Posted by: axolotl | February 12, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

LESSON LEARNED FOR MR. OBAMA:

Partisanship in the defense of REAL change...

...not rhetorical, but actual, gutsy, take 'em on change... is NO vice.

Remember, Lincoln eventually ditched the "team of rivals" notion, with good reason.

***

Speaking of Lincoln, Mr. President/Team Obama...

What would Lincoln do about:

* State-supported "community gang-stalking"
* Use of radiation weaponry on suspected "undesirables"
* Secret bureaucratic "programs of personal destruction"?
* State-sanctioned "eugenics"

*******************************************

IT IS DAY 24 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU *REALLY* KNOW WHAT YOUR 'MULTI-AGENCY ACTION CENTER' IS UP TO?

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted):

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 12, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I am sorry--but what a jerk! All of the drama of Governor Lynch being forced to appoint a REpubolican to fill his seat--what a complete loser jerk!

Posted by: Pepper88 | February 12, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

In the dark world of Republicanism it's far more important to please the GOP revenge machine than it is to fix America's problems (created, I might add, by their own party). "Country First" rings ever more hollow as the token slogan of an egocentric, dying party.

Posted by: bernie11 | February 12, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Uh huh, sure. Five will get you ten that next week the IRS will be getting a check from Mr. Gregg.

Posted by: DonJasper | February 12, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I can't stop laughing. This is, without any shred of a doubt, the most embarrassing presidential transition in the history of this country. This clown can't even put together a cabinet, how on earth are we supposed to expect him to fix any of the problems in this country?

Posted by: Barno1 | February 12, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Judd Gregg is a man of princeapal.

Unlike Obama, who is an unprincipled man.

Posted by: dashriprock | February 12, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

It has got to be very difficult to have integrity and then have it threatened by having to work with all the tax cheats and moral turpitude in the new administration. Fortunately, Senator Gregg was able keep his good name and his position in the Senate.

Posted by: GordonShumway | February 12, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Thank GOD!

When President Obama reached out to Republicans they tried to take his arm off at the shoulder.

There are too many Republicans in the President's administration already.

Posted by: svreader | February 12, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I guess Sen. Gregg forget to turn off the Rush Limbaugh Show.

Country First? Yeah, Pretty Much.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | February 12, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Gregg at least resigned over a matter of principle, not unpaid taxes!

Posted by: MajorConfusion | February 12, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Worthless hyperpartisan jerk. Democrats are better at creating jobs anyway. Go back to the GOP, you're only going to be in the Senate another two years anyway.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | February 12, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

When will Obama and his people learn that a party and an administration rise and fall by reflecting or not reflecting the values of it's base. "Bipartisanship" = Betrayal.

Posted by: pjd56 | February 12, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHahahhahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Barno1 | February 12, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Boy this is change I can believe in...glad we put this clown in the white house...he has such great judgement...they hire better at my local bike shop.

Posted by: lounatick8 | February 12, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

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