Shorter Judd Gregg, per MSNBC: "They took away my Census!"
"...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."
Actually, YOU didn't focus on those concerns, Judd.
Good to know that the Obama Administration has a different set of views from Judd Gregg. It always seemed like a poor fit. Gregg is not just a Northeastern Republican, he's quite wingnutty. And Paul Hodes can beat him in New Hampshire in 2010. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't run at all - clearly he wanted out of the Senate.
And I think at this point we need to seriously consider selling off the Commerce Department for parts.
...and as I predicted - Gregg's not running for re-election.
... great statement by Robert Gibbs:
"Senator Gregg reached out to the President and offered his name for Secretary of Commerce. He was very clear throughout the interviewing process that despite past disagreements about policies, he would support, embrace, and move forward with the President's agenda. Once it became clear after his nomination that Senator Gregg was not going to be supporting some of President Obama's key economic priorities, it became necessary for Senator Gregg and the Obama administration to part ways. We regret that he has had a change of heart".
Their story is Gregg reached out. As I said, there could never be any mysery from Gregg's perspective about Obama's intentions.