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Friday, February 13, 2009

Sen. Judd Gregg - A RINO comes to his senses

When I was in Africa I only saw 1 Rhino, when I came back home to the U.S. I saw many more more running around the Capital in D.C. and the General Assembly here in least one has come to his senses. The odd thing in Gregg's statement was that he sighted philosophical differences with the President as one of the reasons he has backed out of the appointment to which I reply DUH!! What did you think would happen going in to this? That President Obama would automatically agree with you even though his record would dictate otherwise? Gregg is either a man with a HUGE ego or one that is more naive than he should be (he is a Senator for God sake and should know that true bi-partisanship does not and I repeat does not exist.) This is further evidence that our representatives in Washington are becoming their own class in America, willing to give up on the ideals that got them elected in office if it means gaining more power...I don't think Washington is trying to create a bi-partisan government as much as it is trying to create a ruling class which is just what the founding fathers warned us against letting happen...from the WSJ :

New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg withdrew from consideration as Commerce secretary Thursday, saying his differences with the Democratic White House ran too deep.....The announcement was a fresh embarrassment for an administration rocked by a number of setbacks. While his recent predecessors each lost one or two early cabinet nominees, Mr. Obama has lost three less than a month into his term. And Mr. Gregg's withdrawal comes two days after a bank rescue plan was widely panned by financial markets and lawmakers from both parties, partly because of its lack of detail......Mr. Obama was able to celebrate this week a victory with a congressional agreement over his economic-stimulus plan, but his goal of attracting widespread bipartisan support has faltered, and the Gregg move means his cabinet can no longer claim a trio of Republicans....."It's better we discovered it now than later," said White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, in a meeting with a dozen reporters. "If I said it wasn't a disappointment, that would lack credibility." Mr. Obama told reporters aboard his plane late Thursday that he was glad Mr. Gregg had "searched his heart" before he had officially joined the cabinet......The surprise announcement followed days of an intensifying public campaign by fellow Republican lawmakers highlighting the differences between Messrs. Obama and Gregg, and showed how quickly Mr. Obama's pledge to bridge party lines has gotten bogged down in classic arguing across the aisle.....Mr. Gregg said he and the administration "did not adequately focus" on policy disputes, citing the handling of the census and the stimulus package. But in his news conference, he said he considered the blame for the short-lived nomination to be largely his. "The bottom line is this was simply a bridge too far for me," he told reporters. "The president asked me to do it. I said yes. That was my mistake, not his." He added: "I should have focused sooner...on the implications of being in the cabinet."....Mr. Gregg was Mr. Obama's second choice for Commerce secretary; earlier, Democratic New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson pulled out following word of a grand-jury investigation into contracting practices in his office.....Mr. Gregg, 61 years old, said he will remain in the Senate until his third term expires but won't run for re-election in 2010....When his choice was announced on Feb. 3, the White House hailed the naming of a third Republican to the cabinet as a sign of commitment to bipartisanship. But on Monday, Mr. Gregg called Mr. Emanuel to ask for a meeting with the president, hinting at second thoughts, Mr. Emanuel said. On Wednesday, Mr. Gregg expressed his growing concerns to the president at the White House, though Mr. Obama said he wasn't aware of the decision until Thursday....In his statement, Mr. Gregg cited "irresolvable conflicts," including the stimulus package, which most Republicans have deemed bloated. Still, its outlines were well known when Mr. Gregg accepted the nomination....Sen. Judd Gregg pauses as he announces he is withdrawing as President Barack Obama's commerce secretary nominee....Mr. Gregg also cited issues involving the Census Bureau. That appeared to be a reference to reports that the White House, responding to concerns from black and Hispanic lawmakers, would be highly involved in the political decisions surrounding the decennial count. The parties have battled for years over how to carry out the survey, with Democrats tending to favor methods that would increase the number of minorities, giving them greater clout in redrawing the congressional map. Mr. Gregg has been critical of those approaches

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What bullshit. The guy has been a consistent fiscal conservative for years and has served at every level of office in his State for God sakes.
Just goes to show that social conservatives continue to hijack the GOP, even in Virginia.