Obama Up To His Old Tricks
If you think this is a well intentioned move by Obama, think again. A genuinely decent person would not put someone like Gregg in this position unnecessarily. It forces him to make the kind of impossible decision a truly honorable person would dread. Meanwhile, Obama aligned groups are attacking Gregg in New Hampshire. This is about removing any and all opposition to Obama's agenda. Were his only motivation to place a Republican in his cabinet, he could simply wait until Gates moves on, when he still might ask McCain to go in as Sec Def. He went behind the scenes to remove the opposition in his first election. His true motivations are nothing short of that now.
WASHINGTON — President Obama and his advisers have approached Senator Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire, about becoming commerce secretary, a step that could open the way to significant shift in the balance of power in Congress.
If Mr. Gregg accepted the post, he would probably be replaced by a Democrat. Now, there are 58 Democrats in the Senate, with the number rising to 59 if Al Franken of Minnesota is seated after the court challenge to his race is completed. The replacement of Mr. Gregg could give Democrats 60 seats, the number needed to control the legislative agenda without the threat of Republican filibusters.