Treasury takes its time

The fact that there are still 17 unfilled spots at Treasury -- including the top deputy position -- is not great. But the fact that Robert Gibbs chalks this up to a "very rigorous process" of vetting is also a bit odd. Or at least it assumes we have the memory span of a chipmunk. When Timothy Geithner's confirmation hit the rocks, the argument you heard over and over again was that we couldn't waste time on nettlesome tax questions because the nation's economy was in urgent peril. At Geithner's confirmation, for instance, Obama said:

Tim's work will begin at once. We can't waste a day.

Can we waste days now?

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Conor Clarke is the editor, with Michael Kinsley, of Creative Capitalism. He was previously a fellow at The Atlantic and an editor at The Guardian. More

Conor Clarke is the editor, with Michael Kinsley, of Creative Capitalism, an economics blog that was recently published in book form by Simon and Schuster. He was previously a fellow at The Atlantic and an editor at The Guardian. He is also on Twitter.

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