was all but dead to his Republican colleagues just a few days ago, another collaborator drinking the Obama Kool-Aid.
But the GOP with a new rallying cry, and a new hero against a foe who just a few weeks ago seemed almost unassailable.‘s surprise decision to remove himself from consideration as President Barack Obama’s Commerce secretary Thursday has provided the
Republicans applauded boisterously when(R-Ind.) opened a closed-door meeting in the Capitol basement Thursday night by announcing Gregg’s withdrawal.
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 Gregg has withdrawn from President Barack Obama’s nomination to be the Secretary of Commerce.(AFP/Getty Images/Alex Wong)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(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—theand the alleged politicization of the census.
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