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November 06, 2008

No To Larry Summers For Treasury Secretary

OpenLeft has set up a petition to John Podesta and Michael Strautmanis of the Obama transition team calling on Obama not to appoint Larry Summers as Treasury Secretary. As they describe, there are many reasons Summers would be an horrendous (although funny!) choice.

MORE: Don't miss this chummy note from Summers to Ken Lay when Summers became Treasury Secretary. Note the handwritten PS: "I'll keep my eye on power deregulation and energy market infrastructure issues."

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at November 6, 2008 02:15 PM

Given my level of cynicism and low, low, expectations, I didn't think it was going to be possible to deeply disappoint me. But this crew managed to do it within two hours of the victory, when it was confirmed that Rahm Emanuel was offered the chief of staff job.

I was exhausted and made vulnerable by the high of the celebration in Lexington. In my moment of rage, I broke a kitchen chair. The "Hope" and "Change" gang couldn't fvcking give us even 24 hours to celebrate?

Dick Cheney is coming to town on Saturday -- some 'Military Day' something-or-other at VMI. (As if he'd done anything but push the actual armed services into the ditch.) We won't be able to give him quite the public reception we organized for Rumsfeld in May 2006, but it's important to send the signal that there's nowhere he can go that he won't be called out for crimes against humanity and abuses against the constitution.

Posted by: Nell at November 6, 2008 04:09 PM

Ah, Emanuel.
DLC/neocons - 1, drooling idiots - 0.

Posted by: abb1 at November 6, 2008 05:15 PM

Who are the drooling idiots in that "score" of yours, abb1?

Posted by: Nell at November 6, 2008 06:45 PM

So when white politically-aware liberals, out of a sense of noblige oblige, voted for Obama "for the sake of" black people, this was the payoff for blacks?

Thanks so much liberal white people! A couple more kleptocrats in cabinet positions and we'll feel nostalgic for those fire houses (at least you could see the jackass hurting you back inna day).

Y'know, it's almost as if merely having a specific range of average melanin content is no proof against being an evil PoS.

But hey, get those petitions out there! The guy who happily pointed out that he'd violate the Constitution once in office -- before he even held the office -- is sure to be impressed by the constructive criticism of concerned citizens.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at November 7, 2008 03:16 AM

The cult members, Nell. People who believe and act like something much more meaningful happened than a democrat elected. "The new era" and all that kind of stuff.

Posted by: abb1 at November 7, 2008 03:18 AM

Fire hoses, fire hoses, fire hoses, fire hoses.

God bless the Onion.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at November 7, 2008 10:02 AM

So far as Emanuel is concerned, I think it's reflective of an illness that so much of the negativity that I've seen regarding him has been in relation to his Jewishness (neatly couched in the term "neocon"). What's wrong with him is the fact of his background and past activities. He's lived all of his adult life around rich people and about catering to their desires and this was his main contribution to the Clintons, from '92 until he left office. For some reason though MOST of what we've heard and WILL hear as criticism will be with regard to his ominous Jewish background. I realize that many readers of my infamous exchange in a recent post will not have grasped this point, but I'm sickened by the focus that we all appear to have on Race. People ought to be judged on their own merits and nothing else - and when it comes to Rahm (though I'll certainly be giving him the benefit of the doubt being as he WAS ALREADY selected) we have ample reasons to be wary about the issue that is BY FAR the greatest one in the United States of today, the suffering of the poor.

As for Larry Summers, unless you're of the opinion (and I realize Jon that you may indeed be) that he's out and out a horrible choice FOR RELEVANT REASONS, we ought to be pushing for some particular OTHER candidate rather than simply opposing HIM (particularly on account of some memos of his that might include same things that ANY economist would say - just not in a leakable memo).

Posted by: mnuez at November 7, 2008 11:01 AM

I must admit, that was a very decent example of concern trolling, mnuez.

Posted by: abb1 at November 7, 2008 11:14 AM

It's not his Jewishness, its his Irgunness that people have emphasized. Or rather, the fact that his father was in Irgun. Whether that has anything to do with his positions is another question and I don't know enough about his record on Mideast issues to say, except that what little I have seen wasn't favorable.

Posted by: Donald Johnson at November 7, 2008 11:53 AM

Hey, mnuez, I see from your blog that, in addition to your concern trolling, you're also an open and enthusiastic racist. Openly racist opponent of antisemitism, huh. Slightly ironic, but all too common, unfortunately.

Posted by: abb1 at November 7, 2008 12:44 PM

Common is right, abb1. I remember reading, a few years back, about a meeting of white supremacists -- Mceed by David Duke, no less -- that was torn by the controversy over whether or not Jews were white enough to be white supremacist. Many a Jew in the audience was aghast that they might be excluded from the elect order of the melanin deficient. The fact that the vast majority of Jews would be disgusted that some Jews hate darker-skinned people so much that they'd break bread with neo-nazis was one of a dozen ironies that the crowd didn't notice.

If it's one thing a jackass can't stand, it's another jackass.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at November 8, 2008 01:43 AM