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  •  President Obama had a chorus of voices (2+ / 0-)
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    Armando, Seneca Doane

    He decided to listen to Summers/Geithner rather than Bernstein/Romer.

    Summers's reputation for genius continues to puzzle me.  I get that his brain capacity is quite large, but how often has he gotten it right?

    But he's exactly the kind of guy who would influence Obama--iconoclastic, provocative, gives the air of someone willing to challenge entrenched assumptions (of course he's just championing others).

    If I had to scapegoat anyone in the admin besides the President, it would be him.

    Of course, I say this with my standing disclaimer that I'm not privy to what was being communicated by the Senate and House leadership, etc etc etc, as well as the fact that I have a lawyer's grasp of economic matters.

    "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

    by Geekesque on Tue May 31, 2011 at 02:53:57 PM PDT

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    •  Perhaps (2+ / 0-)
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      Geekesque, Seneca Doane

      I dunno,but the reporting I have seen puts it on Geithner.

      On top of that, Geithner's record as President of the New York Fed is as damning as anything imo.

    •  Is this a departure for you? (0+ / 0-)

      I agree, but I'm a little surprised to see you say so.

      I remember Obama's dismissal of Daily Kos once he stopped participating, which I recall being along the lines of "nothing surprises him there."  That Summers would be appealing for being surprising does makes sense.  I tend, though, to think that Obama found him appealing because the thrust of his counsel is usually to take the more comfortable choice from the perspective of not stirring up the right wing.  When you know you're going to compromise, it's nice to hear someone unfailingly calling you brave and wise for doing so.

      Unplug the Koch machine! It's swallowing people's money!

      by Seneca Doane on Tue May 31, 2011 at 11:07:07 PM PDT

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      •  Not a departure for me. (1+ / 0-)
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        Seneca Doane

        I tend to raise objections to the more unhinged criticisms--particularly those that echo the VRWC--but I'm not enthralled with a lot of his economic policy or his "bring people together" crapola.

        His personality resists the idea of message/party/ideological discipline and conflict.  That is a flaw that will be exploited by bad faith actors (from Republican Senators to Netanyahu) rather than building consensus.

        Indeed, he's succeeded as an insider, but utterly failed at his 'new kind of politics' theme that supposedly why he ran in the first place.

        "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

        by Geekesque on Wed Jun 01, 2011 at 05:54:23 AM PDT

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