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    GOP's Gregg Appears To Be Commerce Pick

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    President Obama appears set to nominate Republican Sen. Judd Gregg as commerce secretary, a move that could happen in the next day or two, Democratic officials said yesterday.

    Gregg (N.H.) acknowledged Friday that he was under consideration. But administration officials took it a step further yesterday, saying he is atop the list to fill the job, and other officials said they thought he was all but certain to be tapped. His nomination and confirmation would give a leading economic role in the Obama Cabinet to a fiscal conservative, while bolstering the president's argument that he has built a truly bipartisan administration.
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    Republican officials said they are resigned to Gregg's departure from a critical Senate seat that Democrats had already intended to challenge.
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    Gregg's nomination would also offer the White House the chance that New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch (D) would appoint a Democrat to serve the two remaining years of the senator's term. That, combined with the seating of Al Franken if he prevails in the disputed Minnesota election, would give Obama the 60-vote majority he needs for a filibuster-proof Senate.
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    Gregg is a Republican Party stalwart who has firmly opposed abortion rights even as his state has grown increasingly moderate in recent years. His strong support of the business community and his standing among fiscal conservatives in Congress could help Obama persuade Republicans to join him on initiatives regarding government entitlements and the federal budget.
    Pretty interesting move on Obama's part. Lot of risk for a lot of reward. It will also be interesting to see the arm-twisting that the Governor of NH is subjected to.
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    Re: GOP's Gregg Appears To Be Commerce Pick

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    Pretty interesting move on Obama's part. Lot of risk for a lot of reward. It will also be interesting to see the arm-twisting that the Governor of NH is subjected to.
    Wow, just wow. I mean thats a real screwed up way to get complete control of the government.

    This honestly shouldn't be legal at all. It removes any ability to challenge anything one party wants period.

    I don't care if it's democrats or republicans. This is wrong imo.
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    Re: GOP's Gregg Appears To Be Commerce Pick

    He doesn't need to take the job in the administration. So obviously if he does it's because he secretly hates his party and loves democrats, right?
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    Re: GOP's Gregg Appears To Be Commerce Pick

    Quote Originally Posted by Joby View Post
    He doesn't need to take the job in the administration. So obviously if he does it's because he secretly hates his party and loves democrats, right?
    I'm sure there are reasons one would want to take an appointed position over an elected position.

    He could have job security for 4 years instead of 2. It could also lead to more lucrative lobbying positions and another appointed position because he will have experience.
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    Re: GOP's Gregg Appears To Be Commerce Pick

    Quote Originally Posted by Joby View Post
    He doesn't need to take the job in the administration. So obviously if he does it's because he secretly hates his party and loves democrats, right?
    There are plenty of reasons to take it. I think it's a pretty much foregone conclusion, though I'd be interested to see if he conditions his acceptance on the appointment of a Rep to replace him.
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    Re: GOP's Gregg Appears To Be Commerce Pick

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    There are plenty of reasons to take it. I think it's a pretty much foregone conclusion, though I'd be interested to see if he conditions his acceptance on the appointment of a Rep to replace him.
    What do you think the chances of that are?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    What do you think the chances of that are?
    Honestly, doubtful.
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    I have been thinking about this and had never considered this a possibility.

    This seems to be in the least very unethical and at worst criminal.
    Senators were meant to represent states as part of the separation of powers.
    They should not have the ability to move between any branch of government.
    As that makes the balance highly questionable.

    Obama is very Machiavellian.
    In government that is not a good thing.
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    Re: GOP's Gregg Appears To Be Commerce Pick

    I don't doubt that Gregg would do a good job, but I see politics as the primary consideration, and the ability of a Democratic-controlled Senate being able to block most filibuster attempts. Granted, Gregg would be toast in 2010, but you never know what could happen in other races. Bunning will be primaried out in 2010, and I think Republicans can keep that seat. I believe Lingle will win in Hawaii, which would counter the Republican loss of the other Ohio seat, and I think Burr can hang on in North Carolina. Crist running in Florida eliminates the Democratic threat to take that seat. There is a fair chance, although not great, that Republicans can hold the Democrats at 59 seats.

    By Gregg taking the administration position, the Democratic agenda will be pretty much unchallenged. If you think Bush and that Republcian majority was bad, and he was, then imagine the Democrats controlling everything without the Republicans keeping them honest.

    I strongly believe that the Republican party should talk to Gregg, and do everything they can to keep him in the Senate. The GOP needs to hold the line as best they can until 2012, when it will be Democrats who have more Senate seats up for grabs, for a change.

    Finally, I strongly believe that, when one party controls everything, all hell breaks loose. We saw that with Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, and we saw that with what many people thought would be the permanent Republican majority, until their arrogance tore them to shreds. We just simply cannot afford another round of one party rule, whether it be by Republicans, or by Democrats.
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    Re: GOP's Gregg Appears To Be Commerce Pick

    He needs to refuse the position, we dont need the Democrats to run the show unchallenged.
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