The President fumbles again

by lestro

This commerce secretary position is proving to be a challenging one for President Obama.

First, Bill Richardson had to pull out because of a federal investigation and now the second choice is pulling out because of “irresolvable conflicts” between his views and the administration.

Which I suppose isn’t surprising considering he’s a Republican and the president is not, and commerce is one of those great yawning chasms between the two parties.

But I have to say, I am very impressed with this statement and the decision by Sen. Judd Gregg to withdraw. I think it shows a level of maturity and understanding that one can’t help but think has been long-missing from our politics.

“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,” Mr. Gregg said in a statement. “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.” […]

“Obviously the President requires a team that is fully supportive of all his initiatives,” Mr. Gregg said in a statement. “I greatly admire President Obama and know our country will benefit from his leadership, but at this time I must withdraw my name from consideration for this position.”

That’s incredible, to give up a cabinet seat because he realizes his views don’t jibe with what the president wants to do. I would think a member of opposite party might want to use such a position to affect policy, but for this dude to simply back off and go back to the senate is somewhat remarkable in my mind.

He should be celebrated for respecting his president enough to know he doesn’t agree with him and then getting out of his way to allow the president to continue his agenda.

Hopefully, he’ll be able to explain that to his Republican colleagues in the Senate, as they seem intent on just stamping their feet and yelling “NO!”

But at the same time, this is now a solid handful of fuck-ups at the cabinet level by the president. They really do have to improve their vetting process…

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One Response to The President fumbles again

  1. askheaves says:

    It’s unfortunate, because the administration could have used a good dissenting voice like Senator Gregg in this important appointment… but the position required some level of “serving at the pleasure of,” and Gregg hit his limit within about a week. Good on him. Obama may genuinely want to usher in a new wave of bipartisanship, but he’s going to hit the same brick wall as Bush II in 2000… that being the congress.
    The only thing that has changed in that branch was the numbers. When you give carte blanche to congress to craft your vision, you’re going to get the “we won” bill you never intended.
    And that, understandably, isn’t going to get the support of people shut out of the meetings and never given a chance (because they’re probably going to oppose it anyway) to see the bill before it urgently goes up for a final vote.
    Obama owns this now, and Gregg was smart enough to jump from the exploding wreckage.

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