Commenter Evie, last night:
Mark my words. If he’s offered it and then takes it, it will be because the governor agreed to appoint a Republican in his place.
The Politico, today:
Republicans in Washington and New Hampshire are mounting a full-court press to keep Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) in the Senate and out of the Obama administration, aides and senators said Friday.
But if he does take the commerce secretary job, they want a commitment that New Hampshire’s Democratic governor will appoint a Republican senator so the party holds at least 41 seats, the minimum needed to sustain filibusters. No such commitments have been made, even as Granite State Republican sources tell Politico they are worried Gregg will take the Cabinet job if offered it by Obama.
“I think it would be a loss to the Senate of a great mind and somebody who I think we need a lot as we chart our way through economic challenge,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told Politico on Friday.
Why is the Governor obligated to make any such deal? From what I can see, they have no bargaining position whatsoever.
And can we change this system, please?
*** Update ***
It just occurred to me that getting a 6oth Democrat will just mean more opportunities for Joementum to publicly stick the knife in.