That U.S. Senate filibuster-proof majority we were all hopelessly dreaming of (or completely dreading)? Not happening.
Last week we reported the possibility of an Al Franken confirmation creating a 60-seat majority for the Democrats as President Obama considers New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg for secretary of commerce. Gregg, a Republican, now says he wouldn't take the spot unless his seat is filled by another Republican. They've got to keep the party alive somehow.
More from Politico:
"I have made it clear to the Senate leadership on both sides of the aisle and to the governor that I would not leave the Senate if I felt my departure would cause a change in the makeup of the Senate," said the three-term senator in a statement. "The Senate leadership, both Democratic and Republican, and the governor understand this concern, and I appreciate their consideration of this position."
New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, in a coordinated statement, suggested he may fulfill Gregg's wish.
"If President Obama does nominate Senator Gregg to serve as commerce secretary, I will name a replacement who will put the people of New Hampshire first and represent New Hampshire effectively in the U.S. Senate," Lynch said in a statement issued Monday afternoon.