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  • John Bryson Hands Barack Obama His Resignation Letter

    Secretary of Commerce John Bryson is resigning. Just as Eric Holder is being help in contempt of Congress. Coincidence? I don't think so. What's John Bryson trying to hide? Is he drunk?!

    John Bryson resigned as Commerce Secretary, calling an end to the medical leave of absence he’d been on since a seizure caused his involvement in two car accidents in early June.

    "I have come to the conclusion that I need to step down to prevent distractions from this critical mission," Bryson wrote in a letter to Commerce Department staff.

    Oh, right. I forgot he's been having unfortunate medical problems lately. Sorry. Like the American Crossroads Twitter account, I have a serious problem with jumping to embarrassing conclusions.

    Rebecca Blank, Bryson’s deputy, will continue to serve as acting commerce secretary.

    Blank has a reputation for having her fingers on the pulse of the department, after previously serving as acting secretary for about three months last year while Bryson awaited Senate confirmation. A poverty expert and formerly the dean of the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, she is not the kind of retired corporate executive or political insider who typically runs the department.

    A poverty expert?! Oh my God! She's a socialist! She's probably also drunk!

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    Tags: American Crossroads, Barack Obama, Department of Commerce, John Bryson, Rebecca Blank
  • Barack Obama's June Gloom

    Barack Obama

    If May was gray for President Obama, June has been doom and gloom. After the slew of bad mojo last week, White House press secretary Jay Carney was thrown to the media dingos to answer some uncomfortable questions during Monday’s briefing

    The AP asked about the president’s unfortunate private-sector-is-fine remark. The Reuters correspondent asked about the economic "head winds" from Europe. Ed Henry of Fox News Channel asked about the looming contempt-of-Congress vote against Attorney General Eric Holder. Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News asked about the Supreme Court striking down Obamacare. Norah O'Donnell of CBS News asked about calls for a special prosecutor to probe leaks. Victoria Jones of Talk Radio News asked about the stalled talks with Pakistan.

    Carney sought relief by calling on TV correspondents from swing states, but the one from Wisconsin asked about the failed attempt to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker and the one from Nevada asked about her state’s unemployment rate, the nation’s highest.

    Talk then headed back to commerce secretary John Bryson's hit-and-run felony citation, the only remotely feel-good story of the week. It turns out a medical condition and not "going Lohan" was to blame for Bryson's erratic driving.

    That was a close call, but maybe it's time for President Obama to put an ankle monitor on all his cabinet members. Keep everyone on lock down until November. Nobody wants to see a picture of David Axelrod climbing into his car after a night of clubbing with his thong showing. Also, no more Fast and Furious for Eric Holder.

    And, for God's sake, nobody let the economy take the Porsche out for a spin.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Department of Justice, Economy, Eric Holder, Foreign Policy, Health Care, House of Representatives, John Bryson, Nevada, Pakistan, Recall, Scott Walker, Supreme Court, Unemployment, Wisconsin
  • Meet John Bryson, Secretary of Commerce and Felony Suspect

    Good morning, America. Did you know you had a Commerce Secretary named John Bryson? I was under the vague impression that this cabinet post was occupied by Token Asian-American Guy, but it turns out Gary Locke has been ably serving as Ambassador to China since August 2011, while Bryson has led our least notable federal agency since receiving Senate confirmation in October of last year.

    Why are we learning about the existence of Bryson just now? I'm sure it has something to do with his stewardship of the  National Institutes of Standards and Technology and the Bureau of Economic Analysis…

    Bryson was driving a Lexus in the 400 block of South San Gabriel Boulevard shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday, when he allegedly rear-ended a Buick as it was waiting for a train to pass, according to a statement released by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department and the San Gabriel Police Department.

    After briefly stopping to talk to the three men inside the Buick, Bryson left the location in the Lexus and then struck the Buick a second time, authorities said. The men followed Bryson's car and called 911 to ask for police assistance.

    C'mon, reality. The Tonys are over. I expect this kind of didactic nonsense from Broadway producers, maybe Hollywood on its bad days, but real-world symbolism requires a little more nuance than an Obama Commerce Secretary crashing his Japanese-made car into an American Buick, just as the economic news is dominated by coverage of a slowdown in jobs growth…

    Bryson continued to drive his Lexus into Rosemead, which is patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. There, he allegedly crashed into a second vehicle near the intersection of San Gabriel Boulevard and Hellman Avenue.

    There authorities found him alone and unconscious behind the wheel of his car.

    That's a hit and run, and a hit. Somewhere, a hack screenplay writer is readying a copyright lawsuit, which might work were it not for the Commerce Department's purview over the Patent and Trademark Office.

    Despite a clean Breathalyzer result and suspicions that the crash was the result of a medical condition, drugs and alcohol have yet to be ruled out as causes, because considering the travails of previous Obama Commerce nominees, Bill Richardson and Judd Gregg, and the nature of the job, it would take some pretty serious stuff to convince anyone that this was a position worth accepting.

    UPDATE, 10:00 Eastern: According to a statement from the Department of Commerce, Bryson suffered a seizure in connection with the above incident. We hope he's well.

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    Tags: Alcohol, Crime, Department of Commerce, John Bryson