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White House Budget Director Portman Resigns (House Majority Ldr Insults Replacement)
The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, June 19, 2007 | Michael Abramowitz

Posted on 06/19/2007 12:27:15 PM PDT by kristinn

White House budget director Rob Portman is stepping down and will be replaced by former Iowa Republican congressman Jim Nussle, senior administration officials said today. The president is scheduled to make the formal announcement at the Roosevelt Room later this afternoon.

Administration officials described the decision as motivated by Portman's desire to spend more time with his wife and three teen-aged children. Since returning to Washington as a congressman 14 years ago, Portman has been commuting weekly to his Cincinnati home, and his press secretary said he had tired of that.

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Still, the news of Portman's departure seemed to surprise lawmakers on the Hill, where there is not nearly the same affection for his successor, Nussle, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor of Iowa last year. Nussle had previously served as chairman of the House Budget committee and has been seen as a hawk on spending issues.

House Majority leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) was notably cool in his comments about Nussle when asked about the new appointment this morning. "Rob Portman was one of the best members I have ever served with, a person of keen intellect and a responsible legislator," he said.

All he would say of the new OMB director is that "Mr. Nussle is a Dane." Both Hoyer and Nussle are of Danish ancestry. "You can read into that into what you want to read into it, and what you want to read into it is correct," he added.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Iowa; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: hoyer; jimnussle; nussle; omb; portman; robportman
C'mon, Freepers. Look lively. This news has been out for over two hours and nothing posted on FR about it.
1 posted on 06/19/2007 12:27:22 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Both Hoyer and Nussle are of Danish ancestry.

Ick, I share ancestry with the ‘Rat leader of the House? Ptui.


2 posted on 06/19/2007 12:29:14 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Socialism is NOT an American value.)
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To: kristinn
Deck chairs on the Titanic rearrangement. I have lost faith in anything they do.
3 posted on 06/19/2007 12:30:12 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: kristinn

Is there something bad about Danes that I don’t know?


4 posted on 06/19/2007 12:30:19 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Bahbah

Must be the whole Shakespeare thing.

5 posted on 06/19/2007 12:33:07 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh
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To: kristinn

Steny H. Hoyer (RAT, MD) is a real class act, isn’t he? Then, again, he IS a RAT.


6 posted on 06/19/2007 12:33:40 PM PDT by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: andy58-in-nh

LOL. Looks good to me...the one on the right, I mean.


7 posted on 06/19/2007 12:40:19 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: darkangel82

Sounds like it’s time to pull out your trusty dirk and drain your veins of the offending shared substance.


8 posted on 06/19/2007 12:42:58 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: kristinn
Administration officials described the decision as motivated by Portman's desire to spend more time with his wife and three teen-aged children.

Sounds to me like the same old sugary excuse we always get for "he got his butt canned".

9 posted on 06/19/2007 12:47:41 PM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: SkyPilot
Deck chairs on the Titanic rearrangement. I have lost faith in anything they do.

I am beginning to think 4 years of being President is all anyone can take. Wide eyed optimism and passion can only carry you so far against a daily onslaught of personal attack and criticism.

10 posted on 06/19/2007 12:48:28 PM PDT by IamConservative (I could never be a liar; there's too much to remember.)
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To: kristinn

Did he really say, “I’m out of here, there is no such thing as a budget in Washington, and wait until you see the impact of the Shamnesty bill!”?


11 posted on 06/19/2007 12:50:58 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: Bahbah

I’ve never met a Dane I didn’t like, myself.


12 posted on 06/19/2007 12:53:37 PM PDT by jpl
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To: kristinn

Nussle morphed from paper-bag-headed outsider during the House Check scandal to pork-loving earmark god while head of the House Budget Committee. He’s your typical poisoned Washington insider. What a terrible choice.


13 posted on 06/19/2007 12:53:58 PM PDT by gunservative
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To: SkyPilot
"Deck chairs on the Titanic rearrangement. I have lost faith in anything they do."

Agreed.

14 posted on 06/19/2007 12:55:26 PM PDT by TommyDale (Rudy Giulianiís candidacy is fading faster than an abortionistís conscience.)
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To: kristinn
With about 18 months to go, presidential appointments jump ship and new ones are added (at this point) more or less to pump up their resume and bloated government pensions.

In short: Nothing to look at folks. It's all over. Move along.....

15 posted on 06/19/2007 12:56:17 PM PDT by llevrok (I voted for George Bush - not Jorge Bushjoles!)
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To: Dane

Is there something you want to tell us?


16 posted on 06/19/2007 12:58:22 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (got Danish?)
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To: kristinn

Here are Nussle’s and Portman’s House of Representatives rankings for protecting taxpayers during the years that they served together, 1993 to 2004, per the National Taxpayers Union:

003 058 048 044 075 167 068 123 102 108 110 135 Nussle
019 037 049 021 116 027 034 109 057 072 141 112 Portman

Nussle averaged 87th among House members, Portman averaged 66th. Their rankings started out quite well, but worsened over time.


17 posted on 06/19/2007 1:02:33 PM PDT by mdefranc
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To: kristinn

Nussle a hawk on spending. This is good, right?


18 posted on 06/19/2007 1:12:27 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: lilylangtree

Nussle once was a spending hawk, but for 2005 his rank was 131 out of 228 Republicans and for 2006 it was 112 out of 227. In other words, today the guy is mediocre.


19 posted on 06/19/2007 1:26:56 PM PDT by mdefranc
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To: kristinn
All he would say of the new OMB director is that "Mr. Nussle is a Dane." Both Hoyer and Nussle are of Danish ancestry. "You can read into that into what you want to read into it, and what you want to read into it is correct," he added.

What? They wear wooden shoes? What is his point here? They're gonna build windmills?
20 posted on 06/19/2007 2:19:49 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Tim 1:4; Gal 1:6-10; 1Cor 2:2; Matthew 22:30; Mark 12:25; Luke 20:34-35; 2Thess 2:11; Jude 1:3)
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To: jpl; kristinn; Bahbah
Nothing wrong with Great Danes (really German Mastiff - Deutsche Dogge), they are large and gentle (hence "Gentle Giant" nickname) and I play with these puppies all the time.
21 posted on 06/19/2007 2:46:04 PM PDT by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: kristinn

Danes are notorious for their decision-making abilities, if I recall.

Oh, and having the serious hots for their moms.

And whacking their stepfathers.


22 posted on 06/19/2007 2:54:27 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: ravingnutter
I'm thinking Portman told President Bush "you are wrong on this illegal alien amnesty" so he had to go.

Scumbag politicos have a way of revealing their true colors once they are ineligibe to run for re-election.Governors are found of last day pardoning of criminals and signong laws almost forgotten in the end of year rush.Presidents worry about their legacy as seen through liberal historian eyes.

23 posted on 06/19/2007 3:00:01 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a creditcard?)
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To: hoosierham
I'm thinking Portman told President Bush "you are wrong on this illegal alien amnesty" so he had to go.

I doubt it. Portman was a typical RINO as a US rep.

24 posted on 06/19/2007 3:51:12 PM PDT by suijuris
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To: kristinn

I see this as a sign Rudy is toast...Nussle was his primary pimp in Iowa.


25 posted on 06/19/2007 3:52:52 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Tagline space for rent. Enquire within.)
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To: Bahbah
Is there someting about Danes I didn't know?

Neither did I...

26 posted on 06/19/2007 4:10:05 PM PDT by SGCOS
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To: SGCOS

Oh dear, well, that’s unfortunate.


27 posted on 06/19/2007 4:21:43 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: F15Eagle

The point was that Hoyer has nothing good to say about Nussle. It’s typical Rat behavior — when in doubt, be an SOB. These people don’t have a shred of class.


28 posted on 06/19/2007 4:24:23 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: SGCOS

I’d really like to know what Hoyer was getting at.

Theories off the top of my head:

(1) If you can’t say anything nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.

(a) Hoyer is citing an area of commonality between himself and Nussle.

(2) Hoyer is taking a shot at Nussle’s decision-making ability.

I really don’t like either one of those theories....surely there’s a better explanation (?)


29 posted on 06/19/2007 4:25:03 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: Polyxene

Nussle has been a solid Gopconserv for years. He is one who can actually deal with economics. Iowa will miss him.


30 posted on 06/19/2007 5:31:06 PM PDT by phillyfanatic ( w)
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To: kristinn

Once you start paying the danegelt, you never get rid of the dane.


31 posted on 06/19/2007 5:37:45 PM PDT by ichabod1 ("Liberals read Karl Marx. Conservatives UNDERSTAND Karl Marx." Ronald Reagan)
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To: kristinn

This is just symptomatic of the immigration blindness that presently affliects FR.

Nothing else matters.

The fact that we have a more vigorous budget hawk means little.

Portman was a dem if I recall correctly.

I think this is yet another excellent appointment by the President.

Bush will go down as a great President. I have little doubt on this point.


32 posted on 06/19/2007 5:48:22 PM PDT by lonestar67 (Its time to withdraw from the War on Bush-- your side is hopelessly lost in a quagmire.)
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To: scrabblehack
Nussle smokes pot in “coffee” shops???
33 posted on 06/19/2007 6:46:03 PM PDT by TxCopper
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To: TxCopper

OK, I’m subculturally illiterate. I don’t understand that one either. Was Hoyer caught smoking pot?


34 posted on 06/19/2007 7:31:49 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: scrabblehack
No. But marijuana is either completely legal in Holland or it's use is just not enforced.

WAY bad movie reference. Deuce Bigalo: European Gigolo.
35 posted on 06/19/2007 7:36:04 PM PDT by TxCopper
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To: lonestar67
This is just symptomatic of the immigration blindness that presently affliects FR.

Nothing else matters. You are correct. Compared to making the illegal invasion into a 'legal' one, something like this doesn't matter one bit.

The fact that we have a more vigorous budget hawk means little. Also correct.

Portman was a dem if I recall correctly. You recall incorrectly.

I think this is yet another excellent appointment by the President. Who will even remember this a few weeks from now?

Bush will go down as a great President. I have little doubt on this point. A little humor to liven up the posting?

36 posted on 06/19/2007 7:41:11 PM PDT by PermaRag
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To: PermaRag

Illegal invasions have been made legal throughout the nation’s history.

The illegal immigration debate is over rated over heated and hyperbolic.

I am happy to hurl the same insults at the immigration crowd that I read directed at President Bush.

Portman was not a democrat.

Bush had the guts to go to war in nations of more than 50 million people. He took out both governments successfully and installed democratically elected alternatives. He continues to fight despite cowards on the right and left.

He steers correctly between the racist poles of right and left in this country defined by fools such as Rosie O Donnell and Ron Paul. Bush is an American patriot. He humbly does his job while naysayers tip tap at key boards with all the venom they can muster while staring into high def screens about Paris’ latest travails.

I have no shame for my admiration of President Bush.


37 posted on 06/19/2007 7:56:29 PM PDT by lonestar67 (Its time to withdraw from the War on Bush-- your side is hopelessly lost in a quagmire.)
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To: lonestar67

Ping!


38 posted on 06/19/2007 8:37:53 PM PDT by TxCopper
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