The Gregg Census: Live free or die

Gregg’s conscience 2, personal ambition 1

Originally published by Mike DeVine, Legal Editor for The Minority Report

The reasons for staunch conservative Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) not to take the job of Commerce Secretary in any President’s administration, much less a liberal democrat’s, were always legion:

1) Gregg was one of many republicans that had called for the elimination of the Commerce Department as far back as the 1980s;

2) President Barack Obama had made clear since soon after his election that he favored a massive so-called “stimulus” plan that would greatly expand the welfare state and blow the deficit wide open; and

3) After announcing Gregg’s nomination, President Obama revealed that the White House would be brazenly seizing control of the taking of the constitutionally mandated 2010 census from Gregg’s own Department.

As we said here at the time, it was a selfish personal decision at the time to escape electoral politics and get a cush golden parachute job without having to go the Daschel route first by moving back outside the beltway for a time while lobbying lobbying firms for a cash-in job on K Street.

Then Judd decided to take a census, or a power greater than himself took one, and this time the conscience was at home:

“However, it has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census there are irresolvable conflicts for me.

Prior to accepting this post, we had discussed these and other potential differences, but unfortunately we did not adequately focus on these concerns. We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy…”

Bravo for finally getting it right. Must have cut himself shaving while looking in the mirror.

The mirror is now clear and it seems obvious that it was the census issue that cleared it up, not the stimulus.

Gregg decided that he could stomach swallowing basic political principles and abide the stimulus, but that he couldn’t be consiglieri for a criminal regime bent on corrupting the process by which electoral power is determined in the counting of Americans.

Judd, Live Free or Die, eh?


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