NOMINATE SEBELIUS AND MOVE ON
The trouble with dealing with Republicans in your cabinet is you never can trust them. Apparent neither party has much faith in Sen. Judd Gregg, either. Why even continue this fascination with reaching out to the GOP? It's not like Congressional Republicans have been so congenial and bipartisan thus far.
The Obama administration, though, continues to have problems vetting possible nominees. On Gregg's behalf, the stripping of the Commerce Department's oversight of the 2010 Census cannot be read as anything but a shot to the ribs. If the administration was so concerned with a Republican gerrymandering the process why did they choose Gregg?
So, now we are left with Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius possibly being named. Why wasn't she the first choice instead of Bill Richardson and Gregg in the first place?
Matthew Cooper also reports Gregg was getting the bum-rush from New Hampshire Republicans who were upset over his abstention from voting on the stimulus bill. Other reports have the Northeastern Senator not even running for his seat in 2010.
Change may be in the air, but political poison still composes a majority of the breathable air in Washington. Quit with this "Team of Rivals" hokum and pick a Democrat for Commerce.