As patently mock-able as it is
, this morning's Politico
story on the GOP emboldening wrought by Sen. Judd Gregg's (R-NH) pullout from the Obama administration has a crazy kind of truth to it. Republicans are eagerly lionizing Gregg as a conservative hero whose conscience could not allow him to serve under a -- gasp! -- liberal
president who believes that government spending can heal the economy.
Listen to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) on Fox this morning:
JORDAN: [Y]ou have Senator Gregg ... he understands that the stimulus package is going to do nothing to stimulate the economy. So I think it is kind of the final thing of a really bad week for the administration for Democrats.
REPORTER: You know, I'm not sure it was a bad week. They got an $800 billion stimulus plan pushed through. That's a pretty good week if you're a Democrat.
JORDAN: That's bad for the American people. That's what Senator Gregg understands.
And that's not even touching on control of the Census, which the GOP turned into a rallying cry
to protect Gregg's power in the Obama administration -- before Gregg cited it as a major reason for his withdrawal. Suddenly the dry business of counting Americans, which helps determine congressional re-districting, has become a hot political debate
for the GOP. Even our old buddy Hans von Spakovsky can't help but get in
on the act.
Yesterday Matt likened Gregg to Sir Thomas More
, but I'm thinking he might be congressional Republicans' William Wallace
. "Tell our enemies that they can take our majority, but they'll never take ... THE CENSUS!!!"Late Update:
And the lionizing continues. Gregg's party is now imploring him to reconsider
his decision not to seek re-election next year.
What's next, www.juddgreggisyournewbicycle.com?