Gregg Flip-Flop Emboldens “Loyal Opposition”

Judd Gregg was all but dead to his Republican colleagues just a few days ago, another collaborator drinking the Obama Kool-Aid.

But the New Hampshire senator‘s surprise decision to remove himself from consideration as President Barack Obama’s Commerce secretary Thursday has provided the GOP with a new rallying cry, and a new hero against a foe who just a few weeks ago seemed almost unassailable.

Republicans applauded boisterously when Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) opened a closed-door meeting in the Capitol basement Thursday night by announcing Gregg’s withdrawal.

Charles Mahtesian
Politico

US Sen. Judd Gregg, R-NH, speaks during a news conference on ... 
US Sen. Judd Gregg, R-NH, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Gregg has withdrawn from President Barack Obama’s nomination to be the Secretary of Commerce.(AFP/Getty Images/Alex Wong)

“He made a difficult decision to turn down a job that a lot of Republicans could take,” said Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.). “Here’s a guy who’s going to turn down his place in the history books.”

In pulling out, Gregg pointed to “irresolvable conflicts” on the two issues behind which the Republicans have been closing ranks—the stimulus package and the alleged politicization of the census.

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