While we haven’t yet turned on CNN to hear the Best Political Team On Earth tell us what we think about the politics of what we think about Sen. Judd Gregg’s decision to withdrawn his Commerce Secretary nomination, we think he’s coming off like an idiot. Other people who think Judd Gregg is coming off like an idiot include Robert Gibbs, and Judd Gregg.
Gregg is apologizing profusely, because, again, he wanted to fill a cabinet position for the president who was in need of SOMEONE, and then the president offered him the job, he accepted it, and now he is *pulling out at the last minute* after realizing that he doesn’t agree with the president on, uh, economics.
Judd Gregg tells Politico’s David Rogers: “I couldn’t be Judd Gregg and serve in the Cabinet. I should have faced up to the reality of that earlier.”
“The fault lies with me,” Gregg said, refusing to discuss any conversations he has had with Obama himself. Asked if he felt the decision would be an embarrassment for the president, Gregg said, “I may have embarrassed myself but hopefully not him.”
The White House — always in danger of being called push-overs or losers for anything they do — is furious. Hell is wrong with this guy, right? Here’s press secretary Robert Gibbs’ pissy little official statement:
Senator Gregg reached out to the President and offered his name for Secretary of Commerce. He was very clear throughout the interviewing process that despite past disagreements about policies, he would support, embrace, and move forward with the President’s agenda. Once it became clear after his nomination that Senator Gregg was not going to be supporting some of President Obama’s key economic priorities, it became necessary for Senator Gregg and the Obama administration to part ways. We regret that he has had a change of heart.
Robert Gibbs is so mean to everyone.
Within minutes of Gibbs’ statement, this loser Gregg announced that he probably wouldn’t seek reelection.
As for Obama, now he needs to find yet another fat Mexican tax-cheating Republican lacking self-awareness to run the damn commerce department.
Gregg Speaks [Politico 44]