The President always wanted to re-evaluate the census process?

No, I’m quite serious: since when?

This is all part of this little article (Glenn Reynolds summed it up perfectly, by the way) about Sen. Gregg’s real value to this administration:

MANCHESTER – Sen. Judd Gregg yesterday declined all comment on reports that the White House will strip him of his authority over the federal Census Bureau even before he becomes Secretary of Commerce.

Gregg spokesman Laena Fallon said all comment would come from the White House.

A White House spokesman last evening said, “From the first days of the transition the census has been a priority for the president, and a process he wanted to reevaluate. There is historic precedent for the director of the census, who works for the Commerce Secretary and the president, to work closely with White House senior management — given the number of decisions that will have to be put before the president. We plan to return to that model in this administration.”

Does anybody have a link to where the President (or the President-elect, or the candidate) talked about how we need to take oversight of the director of the census away and hand it to the White House? Note that the examples needed here would have to be from before Democratic special interest groups started screaming about the potential loss of gerrymandering possibilities racism; I get that they’ve changed things around now, although you’d think that if this was such a priority they would have at least actually chosen a director of the census by now.

The Bush administration would have taken that elementary step, you know.

Moe Lane

PS: BTW, Senator Gregg?  Thanks for staying out of the debt bill debate.  No, really.   We’re starting to have a rep to protect, again.

Crossposted on Moe Lane.