Friday, February 13, 2009

Slow Down, Tweety

Chris Matthews at presidential debate in Dearb...Image via Wikipedia

Did I just hear Chris Matthews award his shiny new Hardball award to Judd Gregg for staying true to himself? Why yes, I believe I did. Chris Matthews' whole persona continues to conjure up a vision of an over eager, kind of goofy Catholic school kid who's grown too large for his uniform. He's soooo emotional and so in love with politics it's kind of creepy at times.

In this case, we don't really know exactly why Gregg pulled out. There's some interesting stuff about Gregg having an Abramoff problem posted at Daily Kos. Personally I'm going to wait until the fact are in before assuming that principles of any sort were involved in Gregg's decision.

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  1. Oh, I think his handlers pulled him He had stated right after his nomination he was in favor of the stimulus..right on CNBC with Larry Kudlow.. That's why he recused he wouldn't be voting for it when all the others voted against it... Then they put enough pressure on him he finally had to drop out.

    That's why he waited till the Prez was out of town. He was too much of a coward to tell the Prez to his face he was quitting.

    Ray LaHood even said on Rachel's show tonight that Gregg come to the Prez and several others and almost begged fot the job.. He had something up his sleeve.

  2. Yeah, I thought that was very interesting. That's the first Republican I know of who said that Gregg had submitted his name for the job. Others were denying it earlier.

  3. I'm reading Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I can't help but wonder if Obama has in mind something like this, making your enemies your friends to get things done.

    But so far, save for Johnson, it's party rivals Lincoln pulled in. If I consider the analogy to the fullest, today's Republicans are yesterday's Confederates...they need to be ostracized and stomped. (and the freakin' blue dogs).

  4. "we don't really know exactly why Gregg pulled out."

    I don't exactly know why he pushed in. He lobbied for the job. Did he somehow miss that Obama is a Democrat who believes in an activist government?

    Now, Gregg says he won't run for reelection. Suits me. New Hampshire is trending blue and is great opportunity for the D's.

  5. "making your enemies your friends"

    Maybe it's like the Godfather: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer!