Here I am, blogging at the new Chequer-Board of Nights and Days. And as a Senior Editor, no less! My thanks to Ben Domenech and Chris Badeaux for making this possible. (There is a previous post up on the site, but that was put up by Ben as a test-post.) I suppose that I should start out by directing readers to my latest TNL article on Tim Geithner. A taste of the article follows:
I used to think that it would be a long, long, long time before I would witness a Cabinet official make as spectacular a mockery of himself as Alberto Gonzales did when he was at the Department of Justice.
Then, Timothy Geithner came along.
Geithner first burst onto the national scene as the president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, helping then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke deal with the outbreak of the financial crisis last fall. He won plaudits for his cool and collected crisis management. Given his performance and his familiarity with the causes of the economic downturn, it came as little surprise that President-elect Barack Obama turned to him and asked him to serve as Treasury Secretary. The appointment won plaudits across the board and Geithner so quickly gained a reputation for indispensability that the revelation that he owed back tens of thousands of dollars in taxes was desperately hushed up and papered over by a Washington establishment spooked by the financial crisis and terrified of the consequences of losing Geithner to a botched vetting job.
Now, after two months on the job, Barack Obama has had to come out and tell people that he has every confidence in Geithner’s ability to serve. As just about everyone in Washington knows, once the President has to express confidence in the abilities of a Cabinet officer, that Cabinet officer is under a deathwatch. Tim Geithner may be regretting that he was not eliminated from consideration for the position of Treasury Secretary by his inability to navigate an Internet tax return and his inability to understand that former International Monetary Fund contractors–like him–are responsible for their own taxes. And after having seen Geithner on the job for the past couple of months, so may we. Oh Epic TurboTax Fail, where is thy political sting?
You know what they say: Read it all.