The President fumbles again
February 12, 2009 1 Comment
This commerce secretary position is proving to be a challenging one for President Obama.
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…