Political Chowder Ingredients: Facts, Events, Policy, Politicians, Journalists, and YOU
Political Chowder Ingredients:
Facts, Events, Policy, Politicians, Journalists, and YOU

This Week's "You"
Feb. 01, 2009
From BlueHampshire.Com
01/29/09

"Strong Possibility" Obama taps Gregg for Commerce

Blogger Baker writes.
Well, this would certainly explain the Gregg's string of I Heart Obama articles,

but already a GOP operative writes in to say: "No way that Gregg takes it."

Blogger Baker disagrees.

Think about it. Gregg's been in political life forever, and been senator forever. He hasn't faced a serious challenge since 1992. He doesn't have an insurmountable Cash on Hand. His approvals are just above 50%. He is in the advanced stage of his career. Why would he want the fight of his life on his hands? Why wouldn't he want a closer spot to the president's ear on his biggest passion, entitlement reform? And have a greater position of power within the Administration to influence the "re-do" of the bailout that went so badly the first time. Remember, Gregg was the bailout's biggest senate cheerleader, but what Bush did with it after passage was beyond his control, and that fallout caused political damage.

Plus, he's been conspicuously out there in the media praising Obama. And finally, Gregg does what's best for Gregg, not for Mitch McConnell (note the lack of any real leadership position other than budget minority chair). This is a fantastic way out of a sticky situation for Judd.

And here's another thought - doesn't this just give John E. the opening Papa Sununu, now at the helm of the NHGOP, would relish?

 

Dean Barker
BlueHampshire.Com

 

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