All the other bloggers got fancy invites to the fancy Treasury meet-and-greet yesterday. Not me. I'm pure and unsullied. And now I hate Timothy Geithner. But if you want to spend some time learning about the Treasury Department, the New Yorker's John Cassidy has a Geithner profile, and the Atlantic's Joshua Green has another Geithner profile. Gentlemen, start your printers!
I actually haven't read either profile, so the point I'd make is a meta-point: Over the past few weeks, you've had a sudden proliferation of Rahm Emanuel and Timothy Geithner profiles. That suggests two things: First, the media are looking for scapegoats whose personal styles and decisions can be used to explain or encapsulate the seemingly troubled Obama administration (that's why they chose the chief of staff and the Treasury secretary rather than Joe Biden), and second, Geithner and Emanuel don't want to be scapegoats, which is how reporters are getting enough access to pad out profiles.
The members of the administration I'd actually like to see profiled are the folks who don't offer any access but are constantly in the room. Phil Schiliro, who runs the White House's legislative affairs department, is heavily involved in the nuts-and-bolts of how the administration approaches Congress, but he doesn't do interviews and so no one is quite clear on what he thinks or what he's done. Or, more to the point, Barack Obama, who happens to be making a lot of important decisions these days, but because he's hard to profile (and because irritating the president means losing all access to the White House), we instead get a lot of articles about his staff.
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