Apparently he didn’t realize he’d be uncomfortable?
Republican Sen. Judd Gregg abruptly withdrew his nomination as President Barack Obamaâ€™s commerce secretary Thursday, telling Politico that he â€œcouldnâ€™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 â€“ and he repeatedly promised that, â€œdespite past disagreements about policies, he would support, embrace, and move forward with the presidentâ€™s agenda.â€
White House aides described themselves as â€œblindsidedâ€ by what White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs described as Greggâ€™s change of heart.â€
In an interview with Politico Thursday afternoon, Gregg said he â€œshould have faced upâ€ to the conflicts he felt earlier.
The key statements…
â€œIâ€™ve been my own person, and I began to wonder if I could be an effective team player,â€ the New Hampshire Republican said. â€œThe president deserves someone who can block for his policies. As a practical matter I can contribute to his agenda betterâ€”where we agreeâ€”as a senator and I hope to do that.â€
â€œThe fault lies with me,â€ Gregg continued. He refused to discuss any conversations he had with Obama, saying, â€œI may have embarrassed myself but hopefully not him.â€
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.