Since he’s apparently having quite the problem with filling the position, what with the pay-for-play and the lack of vetting and the clumsy attempts at looked-good-on-paper political stratagems. Anyway, here’s the suggestion: Why don’t you just abolish the Commerce Department? After all, your last pick thought that it was a good idea, and you thought his judgment was sound, right? I mean, I’d hate to think that you were too intellectually incurious to actually know that about Senator Gregg.
As for the question: given that you’re probably going to go with having a Democrat back in the position – although I hear that the Libertarians would quite like a go – I was wondering whether you were going to trust him or her with the Census gig?
PS: Your guy Gibb is just a touch too ungracious for his job. Keep him.
Crossposted at RedState.
No, I’m quite serious: since when?
This is all part of this little article (Glenn Reynolds summed it up perfectly, by the way) about Sen. Gregg’s real value to this administration:
MANCHESTER – Sen. Judd Gregg yesterday declined all comment on reports that the White House will strip him of his authority over the federal Census Bureau even before he becomes Secretary of Commerce.
Gregg spokesman Laena Fallon said all comment would come from the White House.
A White House spokesman last evening said, “From the first days of the transition the census has been a priority for the president, and a process he wanted to reevaluate. There is historic precedent for the director of the census, who works for the Commerce Secretary and the president, to work closely with White House senior management — given the number of decisions that will have to be put before the president. We plan to return to that model in this administration.”
Continue reading The President always wanted to re-evaluate the census process?
Probably not, but maybe some day the progressives will find their spines again.
Glenn Thrush has a statement from CBC Chair Rep. Barbara Lee that certainly sounds like they’re reserving the option:
“In this light, Sen. Gregg’s record of previously voting to abolish the Commerce Department and his attempts to block President Bill Clinton’s efforts to secure adequate funding for the 2000 census raise troubling concerns regarding his commitment to the department’s core missions.
We may know more when they get around to putting the press release on their own site. Continue reading CBC preparing to oppose Obama over Gregg?
So he did, so he did. Back in 1996. Via Political Wire, via Instapundit.
This would be merely funny, except that it’s becoming increasingly clear that “to vet” is a verb not often used in the Obama administration…
Crossposted at RedState.