Judd Gregg was going to be the Cabinet member who proved that Barack Obama was a true bipartisan leader. Gregg is a fairly-conservative and well-respected Senator who replaced the former nominee who had to withdraw because he’s under criminal investigation for corruption.
Unfortunately, the President found that even though Gregg wasn’t a rock-ribbed conservative, he wasn’t willing to drink the whole cup of Kool-Aid. Gregg withdrew his nomination today and said, in part:
I want to thank the President for nominating me to serve in his Cabinet as Secretary of Commerce. This was a great honor, and I had felt that I could bring some views and ideas that would assist him in governing during this difficult time. I especially admire his willingness to reach across the aisle.
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.
In other words, the President blew Gregg off then dissed him by publicly saying he was going to meddle with Gregg’s oversight of the 2010 Census.
That’s not bipartisan. It’s not even competent. You don’t name a guy to a position of great responsibility, the submarine him in full public view before he’s even in the job. I know that and I’ve never held an executive position before (which makes me as qualified as our current President, come to think of it).
This, by the way, makes the third Cabinet nominee who withdrew early but only the first one who wasn’t a crook. So at least the President is getting better in that respect. Maybe in a few more months he’ll have the whole picking a Cabinet thing down.
Gosh, I sure wish we had known about his complete lack of executive experience before we gave him this job!
Ed Driscoll has the whole press release from Gregg’s office as well as some other very worthwhile links.