Would Gregg Even Stay in the Senate if He Says No to Obama?

First Read makes an interesting point.

The Judd-Gregg-for-Commerce-Secretary story is very real. Senate Republicans are upset that he hasn't put the story to bed. So clearly he's pondering. One sticking point is that New Hampshire has a Dem governor, John Lynch, and that could give Democrats 60 seats if Gregg leaves and Al Franken eventually wins. One idea floating out there is a deal between Obama/Gregg and Lynch to appoint a caretaker Republican (perhaps ex-Sen. Warren Rudman?). Even if he doesn't take the job, Gregg is certainly sending the signal that he doesn't want to run in 2010. That is a terrible sign for the Senate GOP. Another retirement makes the idea of netting a single seat in 2010 nearly impossible. This likely outcome in 2010 actually could mean Lynch and Obama are open to a deal that keeps a Republican in the seat until November 2010, since getting that 60th Senate seat in the coming years seems probable. [emphasis added]

Even if Judd Gregg doesn't end up accepting a position in Barack Obama's cabinet -- and reports have the Senate GOP working overtime to try to keep Gregg in the Congress -- the folks at First Read are correct that by openly considering a job atop the Commerce Department Gregg isn't exactly sending signals that he's interested in staying in the Senate beyond 2010. And who can blame him? As bad as it is to be a Senate Republican today, imagine how meaningless the caucus could be come two years from now with a minority without sufficient membership to sustain a filibuster. And take Gregg out of the mix, and all of the sudden a seat that was more likely than not to stay in Republican hands (though far from assuredly) becomes a tossup, if not lean Democratic. Little wonder, then, that Republicans don't like to hear that Gregg is signaling an interest in getting out of dodge.

Tags: cabinet, Judd Gregg, NH-Sen, Obama Administration (all tags)

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8 Comments

Wow, what is he thinking?

Why would he want to leave such an august body lead by giants like Mitch McConnell and John Coryn?

Not since Daniel Webster strode the senate floor have we seen such unbridled eloquence and stature.

by WashStateBlue 2009-01-30 12:41PM | 0 recs
Progressive majority versus Democratic Majority

So basically , how long does the ability of the GOP to obstruct last? I appreciate this analysis, but I am curious what all of this means regarding a governing progressive majority versus a governing Democratic majority. Even with a fillabuster proof Senate, that issue is not addressed.

by bruh3 2009-01-30 12:52PM | 0 recs
I knew Obama would do this eventually

It's such an obvious method of building his powerbase, I'm surprised we haven't heard about him doing it more.

Next thing you know, it'll be Olympia Snowe as the next Supreme Court nominee.

by Dracomicron 2009-01-30 12:53PM | 0 recs
Re: I knew Obama would do this eventually

Snowe apparently already turned down a post in the administration.  

by HSTruman 2009-01-30 12:56PM | 0 recs
Re: I knew Obama would do this eventually

Nice, certainly as "The most liberal Republican Senator" it would be a great poke in the eye to the Federalist society. But she has no legal background, not a lawyer.

Off-topic, but, I would love Obama to go just fricking crazy enough to nominate Larry Lessig to the court!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Le ssig

He's a friend of Obama, and he DID clerk for Scalia and Posner, so has some conservative cred...

But think about those hearings in the Senate!

Ok, not gonna happen, but I can dream, can't I?

by WashStateBlue 2009-01-30 01:05PM | 0 recs
Hell yes

I am actually kinda hoping that Lessig gets some sort of technology czar-type appointment.

by Dracomicron 2009-02-02 04:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Would Gregg Even Stay in the Senate if He Says

I don't like the caretaker Repub idea.

Don't give them an inch.

When Judd sees clearly what his choice is, he'll take the commerce job anyway.

He can't have much in common with the hillbillies running his party anyway.

by Bush Bites 2009-01-30 01:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Would Gregg stay?

PA,OH, and NH will go the way of the Dems this election cycle no matter what. Gregg is a Rhino republican and saw in the last two election cycles what happened to DeWine and Coleman. I think it is safe to say that he has narrowed it down to 50/50 or even less than that to stay in the senate.

by olawakandi 2009-01-31 06:33AM | 0 recs

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