January 30, 2009

Reuters is reporting that President Obama is considering choosing New Hampshire Republican Senator Judd Gregg to be his Secretary of Commerce.


President Barack Obama is considering picking Republican Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire as commerce secretary, a Democratic source said on Thursday.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the selection process, said Obama and his aides "are definitely looking at Gregg. It's not a done deal, but they're asking key senators if he would be acceptable."

Gregg was mum on whether he was being considered for the post, telling Reuters, "I have no comment."

If the speculation is true and Gregg accepts, Democratic NH Governor John Lynch would get to fill the seat. This means, of course, that once Norm Coleman acknowledges defeat and Senator Al Franken is sworn in, the Dems would reach super-majority status and render meaningless the entire Republican Party. The best part: Obama would score some useful "bipartisan" points, even after getting slapped in the face by the entire GOP House caucus. How's that for some brilliant political maneuvering? This is defintely one to keep an eye on.

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