Gregg Will be Comm Sec Mon.-NYT-And?
by art3, Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 09:15:25 AM EST
Sen. Gregg of NH will be Comm. Sec Monday says NYT. We need the 28th amendment passed prohibiting guvs from appointing senators-and this case will show why yet again. It appears Gregg cuts a deal with Guv Lynch to have a republican replace him-a placeholder. Some say former moderate GOPer Sen. Rudman may get the seat until 2010. Others think Lynch may appoint his close friend Ms. Swett-a moderate democrat who chaired Lieberman's 2004 presidential bid. Swett would be the best we could get out of libertarian NH. NH is going more Dem so I expect Rep Hodes, a democrat to tae the seat in 2010 even more easily now. Expect a liberal firestorm if a Dem guv fails to deliver that 60th seat we so need. In addition, expect that 28th amendment ending these appointments to get real momentum from pissed House and Senate Dems. This will be a real show.
Obama Ready to Pick Republican Senator for Commerce Post
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
Published: January 31, 2009
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Saturday confirmed the widespread speculation that President Obama is set to pick Senator Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire, as his nominee for commerce secretary.
If Gov. John Lynch of New Hampshire, a Democrat, replaced Mr. Gregg with a member of his own party, that would put the Democratic majority at 60 -- a magic number in the Senate, because 60 is the number of votes needed to control the legislative agenda and block a Republican filibuster.
But there are no guarantees that Mr. Lynch will pick a Democrat: New Hampshire is a state that prizes its political independence, and Mr. Lynch is a moderate. Some analysts say the governor could turn to a well-regarded Republican -- the name of Warren Rudman, a former senator from New Hampshire, has been mentioned -- to serve as a kind of "caretaker senator" to fill out the remainder of Mr. Gregg's term, which expires at the end of 2010.