Republicans Helping Obama Reduced By One: On Linclon’s Birthday, Turncoats Wobbly?

Judd Gregg, the Republican senator from New Hampshire who agreed a few days agao to join the Obama Administration’s Commerce Department as the Secretary of Commerce nominee, abruptly removed his name today.

The withdrawal appeared to take the White House by surprise, with members of the president’s media operation learning of Gregg’s decision from reporters.

Gregg seemed to indicate that he was not fully briefed on the White House plan to move the census from Commerce to the Executive Branch and he was havig difficulty swallowing the Obama stimulus.

Three Republican senators did vote for the stimulus: Senators Collins and Snowe from Maine and Arlen Specter of  Pennsylvania.

The GOP had been reluctant to embrace the stimulus plan, but Collins,  Snowe and Specter largely stood out by bucking their party. They were the three Republicans who supported the first Senate version.

Obama described Snowe and Collins as “outstanding legislators who care about their state but who also care about this country.”

Today, Lincoln’s birthday, President Obama asked all Americans to stand united and behind one flag.

But for Judd Gregg, a man noted for his principled stands, the census deal and the stimulus were just too tough to take.

David Lightman wrote:

Two of the renegade Republican senators critical to getting the economic stimulus bill through the Senate – Maine’s Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins – represent a state where folks are known for their flinty, thrifty ways.

The other, Arlen Specter, is from Pennsylvania, where the government has long been regarded as an economic lifeline.

So it’s hardly a surprise that the three moderate Republicans are the only lawmakers in their party so far to go along with the Democrats’ economic stimulus plan. They play a key role in shaping a compromise stimulus package, since Democrats control 58 Senate seats and need at least two more to cut off procedural roadblocks.

Read the rest:
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/
news/politics/story/619082.html

http://michellemalkin.com/2009
/02/12/judd-gregg-withdraws-n
omination/

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