The “bipartisan thing” didn’t work for Judd Gregg, and it’s not going so well for Barack Obama either..

Doomed from the start, the New Hampshire senator withdrew his nomination as Commerce Secretary over differences with the White House about who should oversee the Census.

Gregg’s statement confirms this:

“However, it has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census there are irresolvable conflicts for me. Prior to accepting this post, we had discussed these and other potential differences, but unfortunately we did not adequately focus on these concerns. We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy.”

Then, in the best traditions of politics, he then unsheathes the sword.

“Obviously the President requires a team that is fully supportive of all his initiative.”


This makes two nominees for commerce secretary who have withdrawn their nominations.

  • Chris

    It should be obvious by now that the President really doesn’t give a crap about the Commerce Department.

    His first choice was to give it to Richardson, a former rival and later endorser, as a consolation prize. But whoops, they forgot to do any vetting of his background so he had to withdraw.

    His second choice was to give it to a GOP Senator with no history of interest in the Commerce Department, who just happened to come from a state with a Democratic governor. Of course, it turns out that this particular Senator is either extremely manipulative or else a total flake. Whoops again!

    How about, for the third try, treating Commerce like a serious agency of government with an actual function to perform instead of a cheap political chit? How about making your primary consideration whether your nominee can competently run the Department instead of playing these too-cute-by-half political games?

  • Joel

    “His first choice was to give it to Richardson, a former rival and later endorser, as a consolation prize.”

    Does this mean that Obama’s posting of Hillary Clinton to Sec. of State was merely a consolation prize, and that he doesn’t care about that position, either?