Since Judd Gregg is listing it as one of the issues that he is stepping aside (if he is not running again in 2010, I would bet there are some other reasons he is stepping aside), can anyone explain why the census would be moved to control of the White House, and would not remain under control of Commerce where it normally is? I honestly don’t know, as there is just too much going on to pay attention to all of this stuff.
There may be good reasons for this move, but I know what the reaction would be if the Bush White House moved control of the census to anywhere near Karl Rove (and I am aware the comparison between Rove and Emmanuel is not perfect)- a not insignificant portion of the commentariat here (translation- 99% or higher) would be, as I noted in the comments to another thread, “shitting a pink twinkie.” As I often asked Republicans the last few years when they expanded Bush/Cheney’s authority to the point that it meant doing whatever the frack they want (DWTFTW), “How would you feel about President Hillary Clinton with this authority?”
So, Juicers- why move the census to White House control? And how would you feel if the Bush administration had done this?
*** Update ***
Sully calls it a canard. I am inclined to agree.