Apparently he didn’t realize he’d be uncomfortable?


From Politico:

Republican Sen. Judd Gregg abruptly withdrew his nomination as President Barack Obama’s commerce secretary Thursday, telling Politico that he “couldn’t be Judd Gregg” and serve in the Cabinet.

The harsh response from a White House caught off guard: Gregg was the one who asked for the job – and he repeatedly promised that, “despite past disagreements about policies, he would support, embrace, and move forward with the president’s agenda.”

White House aides described themselves as “blindsided” by what White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs described as Gregg’s change of heart.”

In an interview with Politico Thursday afternoon, Gregg said he “should have faced up” to the conflicts he felt earlier.

The key statements…

“I’ve been my own person, and I began to wonder if I could be an effective team player,” the New Hampshire Republican said. “The president deserves someone who can block for his policies. As a practical matter I can contribute to his agenda better—where we agree—as a senator and I hope to do that.”

“The fault lies with me,” Gregg continued. He refused to discuss any conversations he had with Obama, saying, “I may have embarrassed myself but hopefully not him.”

Haha, no, you didn’t embarrass Obama at all or give any political pundits fodder for declaring that bi-partisanship is dead. No Judd, no worries…

Listen, part of me genuinely feels for the guy, but that is a tiny, tiny part. The other part thinks this was incredibly irresponsible. You don’t ask for a job you don’t think you’ll be uncomfortable doing. Gregg should have known better.


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