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Geithner and Republicans


Gingrich says Republicans should oppose him. I’m inclined to agree. There are three counter-arguments: His offenses were no big deal; he is the best Treasury secretary we are likely to get from this administration; and Republicans should not give Obama any excuses for failing to solve the financial crisis. (That last one comes from former Florida Republican chairman Al Cardenas.) There’s a lot that could be said in response, but maybe it’s sufficient to note that Republicans do not have the power to derail the nomination by themselves and probably cannot derail it, period. Given that fact, why shouldn’t they stand up against the idea that paying taxes is for unimportant people? That, in a crisis of authority, confidence, and responsibility, the Treasury job should go to someone who has the first, inspires the second, and has demonstrated the third?


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