States “irresolvable conflicts”:
President Obama’s choice for Commerce Secretary, Senator Judd Gregg, withdrew his nomination on Thursday. He said there were “irresolvable conflicts” between him and the administration.
“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.”
Will he now vote against the stimulus bill, as he refused to vote before? And what if he votes against the stimulus compromise and is the vote that causes it to not pass? Is that even a possibility? Regardless, days of “what does this all mean” punditry from the talking heads to soon follow.