It's Official: Lynch Won't Appoint A Dem

Some bipartisanship I-can-believe-in-less-than-was-previously-hoped. From the NH Governor himself:

"I have had conversations with Senator Gregg, the White House and U.S. Senate leadership. Senator Gregg has said he would not resign his seat in the U.S. Senate if it changed the balance in the Senate. Based on my discussions, it is clear the White House and Senate leadership understand this as well.

"It is important that President Obama be able to select the advisors he feels are necessary to help him address the challenges facing our nation.

"If President Obama does nominate Senator Gregg to serve as Commerce Secretary, I will name a replacement who will put the people of New Hampshire first and represent New Hampshire effectively in the U.S. Senate."

And I agree with Dean at Blue Hampshire: it would be one thing if Lynch justified a Republican pick by pointing to the choice voters made when they re-elected Gregg. Instead we're just left with 'it's what Gregg wanted.'

Feingold's amendment looks better every day.

Update [2009-2-2 15:26:10 by Jonathan Singer]: Lynch does not come out and say that he will appoint a Republican in so many words -- though reading between the lines of his statement, it's fairly clear that Lynch believes that the only way Gregg will join the cabinet is if he is replaced by a Republican, a condition that Lynch seems willing to honor. Whom, then, might Lynch appoint. All signs point to Bonnie Newman, a moderate Republican who previously worked for Gregg and who in 2004 crossed the aisle to endorse Lynch over then-incumbent Republican Governor Craig Benson. Reports say that Newman is likely to vote more like Susan Collins or Olympia Snowe than Gregg or John Sununu, the conservative New Hampshire Senator who lost reelection in 2008 -- though considering Snowe and Collins haven't been reliably moderate, just lest conservative than the other Senate Republicans, that might not be saying much. So perhaps the most the Democrats can hope for, then, is that Newman is a placeholder, leaving the Democrats an open seat to vie for in 2010.

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

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Re: It's Official: Lynch Won't Appoint A Dem

The question is, who is he going to appoint?  If it's some super RINO that votes for cloture with us 90% of the time, this would be even better than a dem, optics-wise...

It's just a question of who...

by LordMike 2009-02-02 10:21AM | 0 recs
Re: It's Official: Lynch Won't Appoint A Dem

Boy, the Dems can really make it difficult to support them.  They went ballistic over Blago's appointment, but then may turn around and forfeit the governor's right in NH to appease the Republicans.  I guess there is a consistency here.  They just never stop giving away their advantage under this ridiculous guise of bipartisanship.  Do they not remember being excluded from legislation prep?  Being denied hearings?  Or having the lights turned off on them?  

by orestes 2009-02-02 10:28AM | 0 recs
Re: It's Official: Lynch Won't Appoint A Dem

I don't get this whole situation. I don't really care who is Commerce Secretary but I don't see what the benefit to Obama is if Gregg is the guy and we don't pick up a Senate seat.

by Lolis 2009-02-02 10:40AM | 0 recs
Re: It's Official: Lynch Won't Appoint A Dem

Agree.

Plus, the fact that Gregg is more loyal to the Repubs than to his potential new boss makes him a dumb hire in my book.

Be like me taking a job with a competitor on the condition that my previous employer would still have the upper hand.

by Bush Bites 2009-02-02 12:31PM | 0 recs
why does Obama want Gregg?

That's what I don't get. What does he bring to the table? Why would he be better than 100 Democrats who could run this department?

I don't want a conservative Republican screwing around with NOAA and the Census Bureau.

What is the reasoning behind appointing Gregg?

by desmoinesdem 2009-02-02 10:48AM | 0 recs
Re: why does Obama want Gregg?

A GOP voice for whipping GOP votes on the stimulus and other such economic measures likely to come up further down the road. And middle America wouldn't want the person they vote for to limit himself to "100 Democrats," so there's always the PR side of things - the part of this country that doesn't frequent our blogs yearns for more DC cooperation, and 3 Republicans in a Democratic Cabinet sure sounds good to them. And it's 3 more than Bush had Dems in his second term.

by Nathan Empsall 2009-02-02 10:57AM | 0 recs
There is NO good reason to appoint Gregg

if Lynch doesn't appoint a Democrat  or we don't get to 60 votes in the Senate.

All this does is to now cast into doubt any other time there is a vacancy and the governor doesn't appoint a republican...The RNC would howl, the NRSC would howl, the media would get on its high horse and shout you're not being bi partisan.  But of course only if it's a Democrat.

It wouldn't be the same howl if a Democratic senator left office and was to be replaced by a Republican governor...then the rules would go back.  Of course it would go back to it's okay to appoint a Republican to take a Democratic seat.

Why is Gregg so needed at Commerce that once again Obama is signalling that he can be rolled?
What do you need someone who doesn't believe in your agenda?

by debcoop 2009-02-02 01:11PM | 0 recs
Re: It's Official: Lynch Won't Appoint A Dem

Sitting in NH, I'm ok with this. Lynch doesn't make the deal, then we have to run against Gregg in 2010, a doable climb but an uphill one. Lynch makes the deal, than Obama looks good and we have an open seat in 2010, a more managable challenge. This was Lynch's only honorable decision.

by Nathan Empsall 2009-02-02 10:54AM | 0 recs
This does not make Obama look good..

You think it's magmanimity. Wonderbar!!! You know the phrase...give an inch, take a mile?

Republicans think he's a fool...and it t emboldens them to even more outrageous demands.

At this point the only power Republicans have is the power Obama is giving them.  They don't have any other.  Of course they will start to parlay this perhaps into actual power....

Hazlitt, early 18th century liberal esayist on how conservatives and liberal behave....all these words hold true today.

"They never give an inch of ground that they can keep; they keep all that they can get; they make no concessions that can redound to their own discredit; they assume all that makes for them; if they pause it is to gain time; if they offer terms it is to break them: they keep no faith with enemies:

snip

While they give no quarter, you stand upon mere ceremony. While they are cutting your throat, or putting the gag in your mouth, you talk of nothing but liberality, freedom of inquiry, and douce humanité. Their object is to destroy you, your object is to spare them---to treat them according to your own fancied dignity"

They may not win an election tomorrow but they will undermine the ability of this adminstration to do a good enough job to get reelected in the future as they try to destroy the Democratic. agenda.

by debcoop 2009-02-02 01:29PM | 0 recs
Re: This does not make Obama look good..

Increasing our chances of winning the seat in 2010 and endearing our President to moderate swing state voters is slitting our throats and undermining our ability to get Obama reelected?

Right, then.

by Nathan Empsall 2009-02-02 02:19PM | 0 recs
We appoint a Democrat NOW..We have 60 votes now

We have 60 votes NOW....

We also enhance the ability to won in 2010...While it's not a guarentee, putting in a Dem now makes it highly likely a Democrat wins in 2010..

We win now and th eAmerician people benefit from having good bill enacted that makes their lives bette, we win in 2010 as well.

by debcoop 2009-02-02 03:18PM | 0 recs
Re: We appoint a Democrat NOW...

Except that's all a pipe dream since there is no opportunity to appoint a Dem now.

by Nathan Empsall 2009-02-02 03:49PM | 0 recs
Re: It's Official: Lynch Won't Appoint A Dem

BTW, I've got it on good authority that Rep. Paul Hodes is almost certainly going to run for the Dem nomination for Senate in 2010.

by Nathan Empsall 2009-02-02 10:55AM | 0 recs
I have also heard

That Lynch himself is interested in the seat, so that is another reason to appoint a caretaker that will step down in 2010.

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-02 11:07AM | 0 recs
Re: I have also heard

No, he's flat out said he won't run. He's never really wanted the job, it's just that others think he'd be a strong candidate.

by Nathan Empsall 2009-02-02 12:18PM | 0 recs
So show some spine: Appoint Hodes now.

by debcoop 2009-02-02 01:29PM | 0 recs
Re: So show some spine: Appoint Hodes now.

That would mean either a) lying to Gregg and Obama to get Gregg out of the way or b) not having a vacancy as Gregg stays in the Senate. IT'S NOT AN OPTION.

by Nathan Empsall 2009-02-02 02:18PM | 0 recs
One Lieberman is enough.

Screw John Lynch.

by Geekesque 2009-02-02 11:15AM | 0 recs
Re: One Lieberman is enough.

You'd rather have an uphill battle to take the seat in 2010 than an easy one?

by Nathan Empsall 2009-02-02 12:19PM | 0 recs
If he appointed Hodes

we'd get a progressive Democrat.

by debcoop 2009-02-02 01:31PM | 0 recs
Re: If he appointed Hodes

I know Hodes. I like Hodes. Appointing Hodes is not an option - the only way to get it done is to lie to Gregg and Obama, otherwise there would be no vacancy.

by Nathan Empsall 2009-02-02 02:22PM | 0 recs
Appointing a Democratic

is the ONLY reason to appoint Gregg.  No Democrat..then no appointnment to Commerce for GRegg.  There should be no vacancy then at all.  It only accomplishes putting in a man who will undemrine your agenda in exchange now for absolutely nothing.

It's laughable.

by debcoop 2009-02-02 03:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Appointing a Democratic

This is us:

http://xkcd.com/386/

by Nathan Empsall 2009-02-02 06:33PM | 0 recs
Re: It's Official: Lynch Won't Appoint A Dem

Um, did anyone really think a Democrat had a shot at being appointed to Gregg's seat? If anything, flipping the seat would have rendered Gregg ineffectual within his party, and my sense of the whole bipartisanship thing is that any Republicans in the administration are s'posed to help sway civic-minded moderate Republicans to the President's positions.

by tru blu 2009-02-02 11:41AM | 0 recs
Re: It's Official: Lynch Won't Appoint A Dem

If you find any civic-minded Repubs, let me know.

by Bush Bites 2009-02-02 12:32PM | 0 recs

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