Posted Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at 6:20 AM ET President Obama appears to have fallen into a pattern: Every victory is followed by a setback. The New York Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal‘s world-wide newsbox lead with Republican Sen. Judd Gregg withdrawing as the nominee for commerce secretary. Gregg said he “made a mistake” accepting the nomination because he had “irresolvable conflicts” with the administration, specifically citing the and the handling of the census. The White House was surprised by the decision that made Gregg the third prospective cabinet secretary to bow out from consideration. The Post notes that “nearly half a dozen” of the White House’s top apointees have had to withdraw or faced “embarrassing scrutiny” in the past few weeks. “Since the president took office last month, not a week has passed without the responding to a personnel crisis,” notes the NYT.