Sen. Judd Gregg To Commerce?
by Josh Orton, Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 02:04:33 PM EST
Now this is bipartisanship we can believe in:
There is a strong possibility that Barack Obama will choose Republican Sen. Judd Gregg to serve as his Secretary of Commerce, Democratic Senate aides tell the Huffington Post.
The move would fill a vacancy that has lingered since Gov. Bill Richardson withdrew his nomination, and would give Democrats in the Senate a 60th caucusing member, as the state's Democratic governor, John Lynch, would be appointing Gregg's replacement.
Doesn't seem like a done deal yet, but politically it's genius. Commerce Secretary is a relatively substance-free post - Bush used the seat as a reward for friends. There's not really much policy creation, so I'd be fine with a Republican like Gregg in the spot.
And even better, we'd get our 60th Dem Senator.
While I'm a big supporter of Feingold's amendment to end Senate appointments for vacancies, it hasn't passed yet.