Truly, this is intriguing:
It gets clearer. When Judd Gregg approached the Obama administration to see if he could be a part of it, he was assuming that his own party wasn't going to adopt a policy of total warfare against the newly elected president in a time of enormous economic peril. Between that moment and the current all-out ideological assault on Obama, his position became untenable. His recusal on the stimulus package provoked fury at home ... and dyspepsia among the GOP who are intent on responding to an open hand with a clenched fist.
First, who could have figured Andrew Sullivan to be a voice of reason? But I digress...
More important, Gregg appears, as Sullivan points out, to be the latest victim of this right-wing hit on anything that smacks of bipartisanship. I'd like to think we've gotten past all this, that the GOP has moved onto bargaining in the Kubler-Ross model, but apparently there's enough stench and decay from the De Lay days that there may be a complete sweep required of the old line of thinking.
People who believed America was greater than it can yet be need to be, um, retooled and repurposed. We need help, not harangues.