Who knows? But I'm sort of curious about the other side of this nomination too. What was Obama thinking? It's one thing to nominate a moderate conservative like Ray LaHood, or pragmatists like Jim Jones and Robert Gates, but Gregg is a full-blown dyed-in-the-wool fiscal conservative. He's not a crank, but he's not within light years of finding common ground with a liberal Democratic president either.
So why did Obama nominate him? Does he just not care about the Commerce Department? Or did he really think that somehow this could work out? The more I think about it, the stranger it seems.