Yet another withdrawal in Obama's first days: Secretary of Commerce nominee, Judd Gregg. According to Pajama's Media , it may well have had something do do with Obama and the census. I had of course thought this on my own, as soon as I knew of the census plan. Redrawing and realigning districts to favor minorities and Democrats would change the shape of things for the GOP and for the country, for many years to come. Rather than a bipartisan effort, there now seems to be a Democrat versus GOP war brewing in Washington. Is this surprising, given what the Democrats have been enduring, with internal and external conflicts and tangents, throughout the last 8-25 years, depending on whether one takes the short or long view? Our nation has been gearing up for a major shift for a long time. We shall have to see what comes of it; certainly a mix of advance, regress, but always change.
Of course, there is the area of the federal stimulus package itself, which as a Republican, Gregg said he would not be able to "support 100%". Speaking at a press conference on Capitol Hill, Gregg told the assembled press, "I am a fiscal conservative, as everybody knows, and a fairly strong one." Fiscal ideology is in fact very different between the two parties, and that they cannot agree about where and how much to spend in a federal stimulus, even in this time of urgent economic crisis, is to be expected. But perhaps this was actually an act of hostility on Gregg's part; a statement on the census manouver?