Judd Gregg

I was disappointed to hear that Judd Gregg had withdrawn from consideration as Secretary of Commerce. (The position is cursed?)

Even though I typically vote blue, I’m a big believer in ensuring that the minority party still has an active role, and really liked the idea of a fairly fiscally-conservative Secretary of Commerce. (And a New Hampshire resident!) Having him on a Democrat’s Cabinet would have forced something rare to happen: the two sides would have to to work with each instead of working against each other.

I’m curious what’s next, though. I can’t help but read between the lines and suspect that the RNC was privy to the decision, which makes me doubt that any Republicans are going to jump up for consideration. Which is a shame, really: now more than ever, we need to stop worrying so much about party lines.

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