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Gregg Drops Out Over Census, Stimulus

From a dismayed Associated Press:

Gregg withdraws nomination to become commerce secretary

By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire abruptly withdrew his nomination as commerce secretary Thursday, citing "irresolvable conflicts" with President Barack Obama’s handling of the economic stimulus and 2010 census.

"We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy," Gregg said in a statement released by his Senate office.

Gregg, 61, is a former New Hampshire governor who previously served in the House. He has been in the Senate since 1993 and currently serves as the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, where he is known as a crusader against big spending…

In citing the stimulus and census, he said, "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." …

Gregg’s reference to the stimulus underscored the partisan divide over the centerpiece of Obama’s economic recovery plan. Conservatives in both houses have been relentless critics of the plan, arguing it is filled with wasteful spending and won’t create enough jobs. Gregg has refrained from voting on the bill — and on all other matters — while his nomination was pending.

The Commerce Department has jurisdiction over the Census Bureau, and the administration recently took steps to assert greater control. Republicans have harshly criticized the decision, saying it was an attempt to politicize the once-in-a-decade event

The Congressional Black Caucus and a group representing Latino elected officials had raised questions about Gregg, noting that as chairman of the Senate panel overseeing the Census Bureau budget he frequently sought to cut funds that they believe led to an undercount of minorities.

To allay concerns over Gregg, the White House initially indicated that it might take greater control over the Census Bureau. But amid GOP criticism it has since clarified that the White House will "work closely with the census director," and that the Census Bureau would not be removed from the Commerce Department…

So much for Mr. Obama’s “Cabinet Of Rivals.”

And on Lincoln’s 200th birthday, too.

But, of course, there was never anything even slightly post-partisan about Mr. Obama.

(Thanks to Lucianne and TakeNoPrisoners for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 12th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

59 Responses to “Gregg Drops Out Over Census, Stimulus”

  1. russ51 says:

    So how many nominations for the miserable failure of a messiahs’ cabinet have crashed and burned?

    5 now?

  2. proreason says:

    By current standards, this puts Gregg in the hero category.

    It was disappointing when he decided to accept the position, but since he’s man enough to admit a mistake, he gets my vote.

    • JohnMG says:

      I’m beginning to question whether he withdrew, or was shown the door. If he truly disagreed with the “stimulus” then his vote (cast or not) against would have angered Obama. It must have been tough enough to get Snow, Specter, and Collins on board to assure it would pass in the senate.

      Either way, I would hope some of the other ‘weak sisters’ would grow a pair and help shut this runaway disaster down.

    • proreason says:

      The AP is reporting it’s a surprise to the WH.

      Which probably means you are correct, John.

    • Howard Roark says:

      He gets a lot more respect from me, as well, proreason. Perhaps we’re witnessing some kind of galvanizing affect for our beleagured GOP.

      Right now, I’m seeing a Gregg/Palin ticket in 2012.

    • Kilmeny says:

      Good for him. He should never have accepted in the first place.

  3. Consilience says:

    Outstanding!!!!

  4. Consilience says:

    I’m guessing he was getting an ear-full from constituents and colleagues alike. Pressure works when consistently applied.

    • GuppyNblue says:

      Good point!
      Being “known as a crusader against big spending” one day and then working for the opposite extreme the next. Maybe a severe case of “tell-tale heart”.

    • BillK says:

      Not quite.

      Ask Specter, Snowe or Collins

  5. This says so very much.. “I have seen the flames of hell.. uh excuse me.. not going there..” lol

  6. proreason says:

    Hot Air is reporting Gregg never resigned as a Senator.

    Great news.

    He may become an icon now.

  7. 1sttofight says:

    Apparently the strong smell of feces coming form the WH was more than he could stand.

  8. gipper says:

    I say that was a good political ploy on the part of Obama and his stringpullers. The Obama administration offered a cabinet position to a Republican and then took away a major function and power of the Commerce Department, the census. Sheriff Obama deputized Gregg but gave him no pistol. And now Obama can claim he tried to be post-partisan in his appointments, but the Republicans didn’t want to play.

    • proreason says:

      good point gipper.

    • Howard Roark says:

      now Obama can claim he tried to be post-partisan in his appointments, but the Republicans didn’t want to play” I agree, Gipper. Gregg is known as a fiscal hawk, and to have him “not work out” was an option almost pre-ordained.

      Gregg cites the census issue amongst a bouquet of disagreements, and that is an excellent footnote to include when referring to this in the history books about The Decline Of America.

    • GuppyNblue says:

      Agreed, another good point!

      Taking the census away from him was a major thumb in the eye. Like appointing him Santa – then eliminating Christmas.

    • Hey wait.. I was PROMISED the Santa job.. Oh yeah I told him to go to Hades as well.. never mind..

    • Odie44 says:

      Gipper –

      I don’t kow – the “bi-partisan outreach” from Bambi seems to have runs its course – and the killer is the fact Gregg gave 2 solid reasons why he wouldn’t go forward – the stimulus (Bambi and Dems are all-in at the poker table) and the census – a huge partisan debacle (with uproar from the right and non-ideologues).

      Add in the WH’s official response “when it was clear Gregg wouldn’t support Obama’s policies”; I don’t think even Bambi the Great can pull off this PR politically.

  9. canary says:

    I imagine suck-ups Snowe or Collins will take his place. After all allah Obama claimes he has done something unprecedent in choosing a Republican.

    I was hoping any breaks from the allah Obama eco enron parties, would give him a chance to focus on national security to save this country. Nope, he wants the grand opening of a building closed for 18 monthe of renovation. Now Obama will get to stand in the same place and gie a speech like Lincoln. The security took monthes and monthes, but did create a few jobs.

    Lincoln/grew up in old log cabin, and walked many miles to school, and wanted “all American’s free and unowned”.

    Obama/grew up in other countries, went to muslim schools, and then prestigous elementary school on to elite colleges, and “he wants to own all Americans.”

  10. VMAN says:

    Three cheers for Gregg!!!

  11. Howard Roark says:

    I like the fact that the Obama camp knew that Gregg had a reputation for being somewhat strict and principled when it came to budgets, and yet they picked him to be the head of a federal agency that was about to be the cover for MUCH rule-bending, rule-breaking, and outright tyranny.

    They expected to perform this overnight takeover of our economy with a Republican fall guy at the helm. Someone they could say was a financial miser and only spent the money necessary for the nation’s recovery…and they couldn’t buy him off to do it.

    My bet is the administration is going to end up with a black eye over this (downplayed and minimized as much as possible by the MSM, ‘natch) for a half a day, then they’ll dazzle us with the third person nominated to do their deed. Meanwhile, a moment to stop, reflect, and maybe correct yourself a bit will be lost on the Great O. I don’t think he has the upbringing to do such a thing.

    Gregg couldn’t lend his name to what he saw coming. Rare that we find someone willing to risk what could have been a position full of perks, payoffs, and pensions for the holder.

    Principled people like Gregg befuddle the Harvard Law grad Barry.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS!!

    • Consilience says:

      Gregg isn’t a “principled” conservative; he voted for TARP I and the subsequent $350B at the end of W’s term. I’m not sure how he voted on Eric Holder or SOT. To be sure, I emailed Senator Gregg this afternoon to congratulate him, while encouraging him to oppose the stimulus.

      The longer this rotten fish is held up to scrutiny, the weaker the case. The markets aren’t convinced and neither are most Americans.

    • Consilience says:

      proreason, that was good! missed that the first time around—many thanks for reposting!

    • Howard Roark says:

      Damn, that was a GREAT article, proreason. With all of the inner turmoil, I think the Great O is a ripe candidate for psychoanalysis. I’ve already seen flashes of his reactions to certain instances during the past 3 weeks that made me think, “he’s gonna crack.” I was a paratrooper infantryman with the 82nd in the mid-80’s, and have seen that look before, but under different circumstances, of course.

    • proreason says:

      I agree The Moron has a good chance to crack up.

      Think about it.

      4 weeks ago, the biggest decision you made in your life was Pall Mall vs Marlboro. I’d be surpised if Thunder Butt let him pick out a restaurant.

      Today, every word you say is picked apart by people who hate you. That’s gotta get through to you, even if you are a moron.

      Mrs reason, who is a good judge of character despite picking me, says she saw a deer in the headlight look on Inauguration Day. I was too drunk to notice.

    • Howard Roark says:

      Today, every word you say is picked apart by people who hate you. That’s gotta get through to you, even if you are a moron.” Exactly. The white hot glare into your eyes and every flinch being analyzed makes you too aware of what you hide inside. And it’s not even a month into this ride.

      No wonder he idolizes Lincoln. Lincoln suffered from mental illness also.

  12. catie says:

    I think it boiled down to the census more than anything. Fishman Emmanuel decided he wasn’t going to let Gregg have that job and that was it.

    • JohnMG says:

      Maybe. But the census is important to the dems holding on to power. Remember that the census results will be responsible for the redistricting that will keep their numbers up in the Senate and the House. Also, the money that will be funneled to ACORN through the stimulus will likely help fund (guess who) the census-takers (aka ACORN?)

      And you thought there was no such thing as perpetual motion. Shame on youse!!

    • 1laidbackRN says:

      What I find amusing is that you will not see the census mentioned in any of the MSM reports of this story.

  13. brad says:

    Hmm, they want to control the census, and talk radio?

    Nothing suspicious about that is there…….

  14. U NO HOO says:

    “”irresolvable conflicts””

    I could have told Gregg that there are “irresolvable conflicts.”

    Note to Gregg, OBAMA is Democrat from Chicago!

  15. jrmcdonald says:

    I know, I know, Gregg paid his taxes!

  16. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Irresolvable conflicts,…another way of saying I don’t like your rules, pick someone else to be on your team.

  17. Consilience says:

    The thug messiah is turning out to be the nitwit we expected. He’ll continue the revival meetings with the losers and passing out gratuities, and thankfully the market sees through him and his tax-cheat SOT. Wonder how many of those Wall Street bubbas will be in the mood to contribute to dems after the treatment they’ve received.
    Word is, the thug forced Gregg to bow out…but hell, what can a body believe about anything coming out of Washington?

  18. Consilience says:

    I realize there have been idle threats on this blog and others, but has anyone heard of groups planning action? I have an acquaintance in another state who intimated a move toward a successionist action, but he’s not particularly credible. I heard a rumor today that Indiana is kicking around the notion of their own state currency and the barter currency market seems to be gathering steam—-has anyone else gotten wind of these happenings?

  19. Consilience says:

    Here’s the Indiana idea–which is pretty good and in keeping with the Constitution:

    http://www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo?year=2009&session=1&request=getBill&docno=453

    sorry for getting off topic, but this seems relevant to the thug messiah’s plans for census/dissing Gregg, etc

  20. Perdido says:

    There are about 20 states that have passed similar legislation. Then there are about 6 or 8 that are considering it.

    It basically is taking back control of the currency and money. It is not denying that Federal Reserve notes are legal tender, it is just saying that it is not constitutional money via Section 10 of Article 1. And in that lay an enormous amount of power and the reassertion of states rights (9th and 10th),(and high time I might add).

    All of this crap stops when the several states take back control of the pocketbook.

  21. GnuCarSmell says:

    This seems to have escaped attention: “Gregg has refrained from voting on the [stimulus] bill — and on all other matters — while his nomination was pending.”

    Was Gregg intentionally misled so that his vote would be neutralized on the pork bill? Seems like it, since he obviously accepted the Commerce nomination believing he would oversee the 2010 census. One more notch in the False Messiah’s belt of deception.

  22. canary says:

    allah Obama should be President for free. Not even ask for a Lincoln penny from this country. Even then, he couldn’t fill Lincoln’s shoes. He’d still have his milliions from his book “The Dreams of my Father”. Have to wonder if it wasn’t his muslim step-father’s dreams. His grandparents had to get him out of that American hating muslim school he was attending in Indoneisa
    some of Obama’s muslim ties he spoke of at the Demo retreat, when he also said it was time to stop the last 8 years of religous rhetoric.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/28/AR2007112802757.html

  23. Colonel1961 says:

    I saw a sympathetic (or simply pathetic) headline this morning that called this cabinet-level position ‘obscure’. Obscure? Holy cow…

  24. Confucius says:

    Dear Mr. Obama and Mrs. Reid,

    How does it feel to be double-crossed?

  25. Colonel1961 says:

    Hey Obama: how does it feel to get thown underneath the bus?

  26. jobeth says:

    I am surely glad Gregg quit before he “stepped in it” but quite frankly, I can’t for the life of me understand why he even considered ithis position in the first place.

    Even the dumbest of us knows that there is nothing that Olbalmy and his minions won’t do to hurt a responsible conservative cause.

    They lie, cheat, pay off & twist any and everything to suit themselves.

    What in the world did he think he (Gregg) could do to change any of that?

    Playing in the pig sty won’t clean up the pig sty!

    I am disapointed that anyone as respected as Gregg would even consider such a position.

    He had no chance to be of any help to the American people and would have been a sitting duck for any blame they wanted to throw his way.

    Maybe its me…and someone, PLEASE show me why this might have been a good thing for Gregg or the Conservs,….but I just don’t get why he would have even considered this position.

    • proreason says:

      My opinion……he was probably tired of having to contort himself to run for office and wanted an easy gig for a few years before retiring. And don’t forget ALL national politicians are enormous ego-maniacs. He probably thought he could make a difference.

    • jobeth says:

      Ummm, that’s a point…and in keeping with a lot of Washington mind sets…lib OR conserv.

      Sad tho…if this WAS the reason it doesn’t say much for him does it?

      Talk about being tired….I’m weary of most ALL of the DC crowd.

      I’m about ready to throw’em all out and start all over again.

    • Howard Roark says:

      He probably thought he could make a difference.” I agree, proreason. I think he honestly saw himself as possibly a change agent inside the belly of the beast.

      He wasn’t “stupid” for taking the position. Our jaded sensibilities should also remain flexible enough to occasionally recognize men of integrity when we find them. Until we learn more, what I’ve seen of Gregg seems sincere and I take him at his words.

    • jobeth says:

      Howard I hope you are right. But as you say, jaded sensiblities may color my views here.

      I know he isn’t “stupid” and I am ready to give him credit for wanting to work for something better for us, but from “within the belly of the beast”?

      Sometimes you have to realize the beast you are trying to save will devour you. Better to work from afar and not from within the belly.

      If Obalmy’s cabinet was TRULY bipartizan I think he would have been a wonderful addition. Problem was it will never be bipartiaz…and as a DC insider he should be able to see that.

      But I get your point. Thanks

    • proreason says:

      I agree with jobeth and howard that there are still a few honorable people in office, despite my usual rhetoric.

      But they are very very few.

      First, politicians have to distort their views just to get elected. That is corrupting.
      Then, they get in that Washington sewer where they are surrounded by criminals of all sort.
      Third, the bribes they are offered are so overwhelming that it takes a saint not to succomb.
      Fourth, to make a difference it is easy to convince oneself that it is necessary to “play the game”.

      Try, just try to find a national politician who hasn’t become rich beyond imagination in office. If you find one, THAT person should be running the country.

      This is why I think that term limits are the only hope for the country.

    • jobeth says:

      Pro, you have nailed it.

      Time limits are a very MUCH needed thing. That would go a long way toward weeding out the deadwood. But that’s also exactly why we won’t get them!

      I think I would only add to your reasons that if an honest politian wants to get a really good bill passed, something that is good for all Americans, not just a few, he DOES, as you say, have to play the game.

      In order to get his honest and good bill passed…to get the needed votes…he must compromise and vote for someone else’s pork….and on and on it goes…deeper and deeper into the muck until he comes out looking like one of the pigs.

      Yeah, I do understand it…But its just so disapointing.

      Makes me want to go kick the wall.

  27. Right of the People says:

    Term limits and get rid of lobbyists, in fact make it illegal to try and influence a member of government with any form of compensation. Unfortunately that would entail the very body we are trying to reform to pass the changes. Not going to happen short of a revolution. Maybe we could be like Biden and hit the reset button on the whole thing.

    10-7

  28. Lisa22 says:

    Gregg did the right thing in the end. And as Steve noted, on Lincoln’s birthday too! Lincoln is probably smiling somewhere right now —

  29. Confucius says:

    “The Commerce Department has jurisdiction over the Census Bureau, and the administration recently took steps to assert greater control.”

    This must be Obama’s version of reversing the executive branch’s “power grab” of the last 8 years.

  30. Barbie says:

    I’m nothing to say that others have not said. I think Gregg took the position in good faith and then came to the realization Obama is a thug who lies (who’d a thunk it?) and Gregg dropped out. Good for you, Senator Gregg. You said no – you would not allow your principles to be violated by The COMMANDER AND THIEF


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