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Gregg Flip-Flop Emboldens “Loyal Opposition”

February 13, 2009

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

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 Gregg has withdrawn from President Barack Obama’s nomination to be the Secretary of Commerce.(AFP/Getty Images/Alex Wong)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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Senate GOP Leader: Party Must Explain Core Values; Senate Will Pass Stimulus Without GOP Votes

January 29, 2009

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Republican leader in the Senate, said today that he expected the economic stimulus bill to pass in the Senate without too many changes from the House bill — and with little if any Republican support.

He called the House vote on the stimulus on Wednesday an example of “bipartisan opposition.”  All House Republicans voted against the bill and they were joined by 11 Democrats.

McConnell said he applauded the president’s effort for bipartisanship but he said Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats didn’t make that a reality.

The Senator was interviewed by Neil Cavuto….


After crushing defeats in back-to-back elections, the top Senate Republican warned Thursday that the GOP risks remaining out of power in the White House and Congress unless it better explains its core principles to woo one-time faithful and new loyalists.

By LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer

“The results of the two recent elections are real, and so are the obstacles we face as a party,” Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told the Republican National Committee on Thursday. “My concern is that unless we do something to adapt, our status as a minority party may become too pronounced for an easy recovery.”

“The situation is challenging, but it’s far from irreversible,” McConnell added, a dash of optimism in an otherwise stark assessment of where the Republican Party went wrong as he provided a road map for how it can right itself.

 Stimulus: Will Some Republicans Join the President?

He spoke to Republicans gathered in Washington to choose the next national chairman; five candidates are trying to unseat former President George W. Bush‘s hand-picked RNC chairman, Mike Duncan of Kentucky. The vote is Friday.

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McCain to Republicans: Give Obama A Break

December 14, 2008

In a surprising rebuke to the warriors who fought for him through tough times, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday sided with President-elect Barack Obama and scolded the Republican National Committee for fanning the Illinois corruption scandal. 

On ABC’s “This Week,” host George Stephanopoulos asked: “The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Mike Duncan, has been highly critical of the way President- elect Obama has dealt with this. 

John McCain
“He’s had a statement every single day, saying that the Obama team should reveal all contacts they’ve had with Governor [Rod] Blagojevich. He says that Obama’s promise of transparency to the American people is now being tested. Do you agree with that?” 

McCain replied: “I think that the Obama campaign should and will give all information necessary. You know, in all due respect to the Republican National Committee and anybody — right now, I think we should try to be working constructively together, not only on an issue such as this, but on the economy stimulus package, reforms that are necessary. And so, I don’t know all the details of the relationship between President-elect Obama’s campaign or his people and the governor of Illinois, but I have some confidence that all the information will come out. It always does, it seems to me.” 
Just this morning, the Republican National Committee released a Web video called “Questions Remain.” 

“The video highlights the evolving explanations delivered by President-elect Obama and his advisers concerning their contact with the embattled and scandal-plagued Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich despite Obama’s promises to instill greater transparency and confidence in government,” the party’s announcement said.
By Mike Allen