Open Thread Updated: There's Good News Tonight
Hat tip Walter at Stumbleupon for this find.
Gregg has just withdrawn his nomination for Commerce Secretary because of irresolvable differences on the Stimulus Package as well as on the question of the Census. According to the New York Times, Gregg issued the following statement:
“It has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census there are irresolvable conflicts for me,” Mr. Gregg said in a statement. “Prior to accepting this post, we had discussed these and other potential differences, but unfortunately we did not adequately focus on these concerns. We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy.”
Mr. Gregg said that the Census had been “only a slight issue” in his decision to withdraw. Nevertheless, the Census has been a big issue between Republicans and Democrats for years, and Mr. Gregg has been involved in the dispute. A decade ago, he resisted efforts by President Bill Clinton to increase financing for the 2000 Census.
They also quote a statement by Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary in which Gibbs says that it was Gregg who suggested his nomination to the President. It was he who made the first approach. They quote the following by Gibbs:
“He was very clear throughout the interviewing process that despite past disagreements about policies, he would support, embrace, and move forward with the President’s agenda,” Mr. Gibbs said. “Once it became clear after his nomination that Senator Gregg was not going to be supporting some of President Obama’s key economic priorities, it became necessary for Senator Gregg and the Obama administration to part ways.”
Here is a video of Obama's address in Springfield last night on the occasion of Lincoln's birthday. What I found especially interesting was his joke at Gregg's expense.