Uh-oh. Several liberal columnists have begun to find fault with President Obama, his people and his policies. The Sunday newspapers were filled with tough questions being asked by Obama’s friends in the press.
That didn’t take long.
The headline on Frank Rich’s column in the Sunday NY Times was stark: “Has a ‘Katrina Moment’ Arrived?” AIG, of course, being the current watershed moment.
Most of their ire is aimed at Larry Summers and Timothy Geithner and the way they are handling AIG bonus money, bank bailouts and the economy. What a mess. Transparency? Not much. Sen. Dodd’s skulk amendment to save the AIG bonus plan really stinks. How much money did AIG contribute to his campaign? To Obama?
For the record, I voted for Obama. And would again. But I find Summers arrogant and Geithner ineffective.
Geithner’s and Summers’ pedigree makes them suspect. Both are Wall Street grads. Their professional history clouds their vision, damages their hearing, hurts their understanding. Replace them both. Stop writing bail-out checks, too.
Meanwhile, the populist anger is reaching dangerous levels. Our president needs to forget the politics and go straight to the economic solutions. Fix the economy and politics will fix itself.
Obama just might get it. Hope so.
But I don’t think the shrinking Republicans in congress ever will. Not the way they vote in lock-step.