See Floyd Norris’s over-all assessment last month.
The dithering of Obama-Geithner this first month in office is indefensible.
Geithner has been there all along.Ã‚Â To report (as the Wash Post apologia speaking for his team did last week) that he came into office and was shocked, shocked by the mess he found and had to drop his best ideas and go back to the drawing board …
Ludicrous.Ã‚Â Indeed, I don’t believe it.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â The Times expose the week before seems the more plausible picture:Ã‚Â division and discord between Geithner and his team (all from the Clinton White House) and Obama’s inner circle.Ã‚Â Resulting in squat.
And that’s Obama’s fault. For appointing Geithner.Ã‚Â The Lincolnesque notion of stocking a cabinet with one’s ideological and even political opponents is not something anyone in today’s Washington can survive.Ã‚Â True Ingenue.
Lincoln did not survive it himself, and spent two years dithering, which cost a lot of lives and treasure.