Sen. Judd Gregg should take a step back and contemplate the ramifications of his aspiration
This, from my older brother, in town for a visit and seated with me in my living room, as news of New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg’s likely nomination as Commerce Secretary crosses the television screen shortly after midnight:
“Well, if the Republicans didn’t give away the country to the Democrats in November, it looks like they certainly will do so now.”
As of an hour ago, shortly before midnight, The Washington Post is reporting that not only has the New Hampshire senator been considered by President Barack Obama for the Commerce Secretary spot, a position vacated by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson amid a pay-to-play scandal, but according to the article still fresh from the proverbial press, Gregg appears to be the frontrunner, if not the actual pick. The Post’s headline, after all, is “GOP’s Gregg Appears to be Commerce Pick,” not something more innocuous such as “Gregg in Running for Commerce Secretary.”
While my first impression was that Gregg still had to actually accept the nomination and be confirmed, the Post’s statement that “Republican officials said they are resigned to Gregg’s departure from a critical Senate seat that Democrats had already intended to challenge” certainly isn’t comforting.
“I hope it’s not true,” my brother just said, before chuckling a bit. “After all, it’s The Washington Post, and we can’t always trust the media.”
I hope not, either, and I cannot decide whether or not I think it is at this early hour. Gregg, after all, MUST understand that his vacant seat would be filled with a Democrat appointed by the New Hampshire governor, also a Democrat, and he MUST realize that such an appointment would leave the Democrats only one single, solitary seat away from a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate — a seat which could, through the fruits of voter fraud, be filled by liberal jackass Al Franken from Minnesota should be prevail in his still-going contest against Republican Norm Coleman. On the other hand, however, Gregg was a big proponent of the $700 billion TARP bailout, and actually had a hand in devising the plan; whether or not that means he is conservative enough to care about a filibuster-proof majority for Senate Democrats is beyond me. I hope he thinks of more than just himself when considering the position.
Is it too much to ask that a politician put country before personal aspiration? Certainly, a position in Obama’s cabinet would be an excellent career move for Gregg–as his apparent selection was a brilliant political move by Obama–but the question remains as to just how self-serving the New Hampshire senator is.
I guess we’ll know on Monday.