There are those who will lament Judd Gregg’s withdrawal of his nomination for Secretary of Commerce and use it as another so-called example of the failure of bi-partisanship. But his selection even for the backwater post of Commerce was a mistake given his inability to accept the basic program of the administration.
Bi-partisanship does mean reaching out to the other party but it does not mean capitulation. A team of rivals is not the same as inviting a fifth column to undermine your basic program.
Congressman Stenny Hoyer’s comments today on bi-partisanship are well taken. See Politico today.