Thursday, February 12, 2009

Judd Gregg=Daft

Judd Gregg is withdrawing his nomination to be Secretary of Commerce. He has apparently discovered that his views are different from Obamas. Well no shit. But it is not like Commerce plays a terribly ideological role. It has a couple component agencies that are important but semi-autonomous: NOAA and the Census. Other than that it basically organizes trade junkets so that American businessmen (read campaign contributors) can shill their products abroad. Whoopty shit. You could shift the Census into the department of Labor or make it a stand alone organization and put NOAA under the EPA and get rid of the rest of the department without anyone knowing any better. It is one of the lowest profiles cabinet appointments.

Update: Brad DeLong speculates that something tawdry must have come up in the vetting process. This seems to be the only plausible explanation, or that he really is that daft.

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