I thought I had seen the most masterful, savvy political move of the year when now-impeached Governor Blagojevich chose Roland Burris to fill Obama’s Senate seat.
Blago circumvented the Democratic leadership in the Senate who swore not to accept anyone he nominated, but the Illinois Senate was slow moving on the impeachment and Blago had a legal right to the appointment. The leadership had to eat their words and accept Burris while at the same time Blago diverted attention from his troubles and developed some good will from the huge African-American electorate in Chicago. But if the rumors are true, President Obama takes the crown and will have everyone declaring “it’s good to be the king!”
According to huffingtonpost.com, sources say the Obama will offer the job of Commerce Secretary, which was initially offered to Gov. Richardson who later withdrew, to Judd Gregg (R-NH) soon. If Gregg accepts, Democratic governor John Lynn would pick a Democrat to fill the vacant seat. First, the move will continue to showcase Obama as a middle-of-the-road, non-partisan, change from the past. Second, and more importantly, if Gregg accepts, it would give the Democrats a 60 seat super majority in the Senate (assuming an Al Franken win in Minnesota). Checkmate! Touchdown! BooYah!
Of course, Republican insiders are pretty sure that Gregg would not accept because it would devastate the Republican party. Along with Obama’s popularity, a majority in the House and Senate would render the Republicans nearly powerless…not that they aren’t already in a horribly weakened state as it is. However, Gregg may consider the fact that he is in a state that is becoming more and more Democratic and could possibly face a Democratic challenger when he runs again for the Senate.
As they did throughout the primaries and general election, the Obama camp, now Obama administration, has never ceased to amaze me. This gets better and better…
LL Cool J says it best: