• Judd Gregg Will Destroy the Commerce Department from the Inside

    Looks like Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire (the We Vote First So You Have to Pretend We're Important State) is President Obama's pick for Commerce Secretary, that thankless job that Bill Richardson scandaled his way out of.

    Gregg is well-qualified to lead the Commerce Department, in that he once tried to abolish the Commerce Department

    President Obama’s new candidate to run the Commerce Department voted in favor of abolishing the agency as a member of the Budget Committee and on the Senate floor in 1995.

    Gregg also fought President Bill Clinton’s efforts to increase funding for the Commerce Department to administer the 2000 census. Indeed, Gregg’s commitment to basic functions of the department has been questioned at times.

    "He was generally pretty harsh on them and not really interested in their programs, especially the commerce side of things," said a Democratic appropriations aide.

    Um, maybe he left that part off his resume?

    [E]ven some Republicans are surprised by Gregg’s apparent enthusiasm for the job. "I guess if you can’t destroy it, go be in charge of it," said a Senate Republican aide.

    Which, incidentally, was Barack Obama's rationale for forging his birth certificate and covering up his secret Muslim terrorist roots in order to run for president of the United States.

    So they do have that in common.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Judd Gregg, New Hampshire, Obama Administration


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