Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will stay at his post through the fall and President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, the Treasury Department announced Sunday.
You won’t be surprised to hear that I am very much in sympathy with Drew Westen’s lament about Obama’s unwillingness or inability to change the narrative. I went back to look at my own reactions to the inaugural speech; I’m sorry to say that my misgivings at the time have proved all too justified.
The one thing I might say is that we shouldn’t really wonder what happened to Obama — he is who he always was. If you paid attention to what he actually said during the primary and the election, he was always a very conventional centrist. Progressives who flocked to his campaign basically deluded themselves, mistaking style for substance. I got huge flack for saying that at the time, but it was true, and events have borne it out.
I’ve been saying the same thing as Krugman just pointed out since 2007. That said, I was a huge supporter once President Obama won the primary. I will vote for him, because the alternative is unthinkable, but I never once thought he was anyone or anything different than the president many are complaining about today. Well, except for that “look forward, not backwards” thing.
He’s a good man with whom I disagree often, and also greatly appreciate in a number of ways. But there was never a doubt in my mind that he was and is a centrist.