"It does seem, if they're going to switch [the Census] to Rahm Emanuel in the White House, that they do want to politicize it," John Ensign (R-NV) told me this afternoon. He's the only senator who sits on both committees with jurisdiction over the Census flap (Governmental Affairs and Commerce), and he sounded ready to press the Obama administration.
Ensign added, referring to the president's team: "You appoint a Republican, yet ... you don't trust him to do one [of the Commerce Department's stated duties]? ...The Census process needs to stay in Commerce."
Here's hoping that Gregg has a good answer prepared for when this question comes up during his hearing.