SEN. JUDD GREGG (R-N.H.) AS COMMERCE SECRETARY TODAY --
Politico's David Rogers says it gives 'President Obama a fresh independent voice in his Cabinet ... at a huge cost to Republicans and the larger Senate': 'Obama, while talking a good game about bipartisanship, is draining the Senate of the very talent he needs to achieve this goal. To a remarkable degree, Gregg has served as a trusted, behind-the scenes consigliore for every leader since the mid-'90s ... He is that Washington rarity: someone who thinks-often out loud- about issues but can also operate privately in giving advice and respecting the discretion of leaders. ... For Gregg to cross over now and join the administration will make it harder for his fellow Republicans to demonize Obama and refuse to give the new president the running room he needs to put together his economic recovery plan.'