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    Gregg withdraws as commerce secretary nominee

    Gregg withdraws as commerce secretary nominee: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

    Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire abruptly withdrew his nomination as commerce secretary Thursday, citing "irresolvable conflicts" with President Barack Obama's handling of the economic stimulus and 2010 census.

    "We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy," Gregg said in a statement released by his Senate office.

    Gregg, 61, is a former New Hampshire governor who previously served in the House. He has been in the Senate since 1993 and currently serves as the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, where he is known as a crusader against big spending.

    He was Obama's second choice to fill the Commerce portfolio.

    New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson withdrew several weeks ago in the wake of a grand jury investigation into alleged wrongdoing involving state contracts. He has not been implicated personally.

    In his statement, Gregg thanked Obama for the nomination, and said, "I especially admire his willingness to reach across the aisle."

    In citing the stimulus and census, he said, "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."

    The unexpected withdrawal marked the latest setback for Obama in his attempt to build a Cabinet.

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    The Commerce Department has jurisdiction over the Census Bureau, and the administration recently took steps to assert greater control. Republicans have harshly criticized the decision, saying it was an attempt to politicize the once-in-a-decade event.
    And from his statement:

    “As a further matter of clarification, nothing about the vetting process played any role in this decision. I will continue to represent the people of New Hampshire in the United States Senate.”
    Kind of sad that you have to include that nowadays.
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    Re: Gregg withdraws as commerce secretary nominee

    Good for him for refusing to be the Messiah's puppet.

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    Re: Gregg withdraws as commerce secretary nominee

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Kind of sad that you have to include that nowadays.
    Well good to see he decided that he really wasn't that liberal I suppose...

    And what do you expect? With Obama's track record of dubious acquaintances is it a shock his nominees are so... fallible?

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    Re: Gregg withdraws as commerce secretary nominee

    Guess Obama is finding out the hard way.

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    Good riddance. The one point where I disagree with Obama is that he believes he can work with Republicans and create a bipartisan government. I believe Republicans are rabid dogs, cannot be trusted, and should not be allowed anywhere near a position of responsibility.

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    Re: Gregg withdraws as commerce secretary nominee

    Quote Originally Posted by WillRockwell View Post
    Good riddance. The one point where I disagree with Obama is that he believes he can work with Republicans and create a bipartisan government. I believe Republicans are rabid dogs, cannot be trusted, and should not be allowed anywhere near a position of responsibility.
    Not all Republicans are bad, as you assert, just as not all Democrats are good, if that is what you also feel. I have jumped on some of the more rabid Republican partisans already. Now it is your turn.

    Part of the problem with partisanship is YOU. If you think partisans are like rabid dogs, then you need to look in a mirror. After that, you can take a rabies shot. You need one.
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    Re: Gregg withdraws as commerce secretary nominee

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Not all Republicans are bad, as you assert, just as not all Democrats are good, if that is what you also feel. I have jumped on some of the more rabid Republican partisans already. Now it is your turn.

    Part of the problem with partisanship is YOU. If you think partisans are like rabid dogs, then you need to look in a mirror. After that, you can take a rabies shot. You need one.
    You know, you are right danarhea. Here's the thing. I started a thread yesterday ripping Pat Leahy and despite not using the word kryponite, it was avoided like the plague. I don't think bipartisanship is possible. It's both side's fault. The only way to accomplish bipartisanship is to put a third party in power. Jesse Ventura united dems and reps against him. All these idiots know is attack, attack, attack. Reagan had a point when he wish aliens would attack us as it would unite us. We are a warring species seeking dominance. We need someone to vilify as part of our group dynamic. Unfortunately, there isn't enough self esteem for everyone to feel good about themselves unless they are tearing down someone else.

    This is why you get attacked by both sides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillRockwell View Post
    Good riddance. The one point where I disagree with Obama is that he believes he can work with Republicans and create a bipartisan government. I believe Republicans are rabid dogs, cannot be trusted, and should not be allowed anywhere near a position of responsibility.
    With an attitude like that, I'm glad you're nowhere near a position of responsibility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by independent_thinker2002 View Post
    You know, you are right danarhea. Here's the thing. I started a thread yesterday ripping Pat Leahy and despite not using the word kryponite, it was avoided like the plague. I don't think bipartisanship is possible. It's both side's fault. The only way to accomplish bipartisanship is to put a third party in power. Jesse Ventura united dems and reps against him. All these idiots know is attack, attack, attack. Reagan had a point when he wish aliens would attack us as it would unite us. We are a warring species seeking dominance. We need someone to vilify as part of our group dynamic. Unfortunately, there isn't enough self esteem for everyone to feel good about themselves unless they are tearing down someone else.
    I thought that was what mexicans and muslims were for.
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    Re: Gregg withdraws as commerce secretary nominee

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Not all Republicans are bad, as you assert, just as not all Democrats are good, if that is what you also feel. I have jumped on some of the more rabid Republican partisans already. Now it is your turn.

    Part of the problem with partisanship is YOU. If you think partisans are like rabid dogs, then you need to look in a mirror. After that, you can take a rabies shot. You need one.
    And he claims to be "centrist".

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