What's Not Happening Today
By Ben Pershing
So much time and energy in Washington is expended trying to guess what will happen next, that we thought it might be a more useful exercise this morning to explore what we believe won't happen in the world of politics, at least not anytime soon:
No Steele Replacement. Michael Steele will not quit or be pushed out as chairman of the Republican National Committee. No, the start of his tenure has not gone well, and his confusing answer on abortion in the now-infamous GQ interview (which actually took place more than two weeks ago) and subsequent explanation/clarification didn't help matters. But the party has no appetite for another chairman fight now, or for more coverage of intraparty squabbling along the lines of the Rush Limbaugh saga, which most Republicans saw as a horrible distraction.
No Geithner Front and Center. Did the administration plan this, or just benefit from fortuitous timing? (And on Friday the 13th!) Yesterday, the embattled Tim Geithner got more mixed reviews after his latest rough appearance on the HIll. Today, economic policy will be the message of the day but Geithner won't be the messenger. This morning at the Brookings Institution, Larry Summers will deliver what the White House calls "remarks on the Obama administration's economic program and the prospects for the American economy." Then this afternoon, President Obama will meet with Paul Volcker before making his own comments on the economy. None of this means Geithner's role has diminished, but it is a reminder that he's not the only cook in the kitchen right now.
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