Things turned out okay, for me and for Geithner. But it's been pretty remarkable to see how dramatically Geithner's public fortunes have swung since that article (I claim no credit--just denoting the change). A couple of weeks ago, Geithner quietly made it known that he'd like to leave the administration after the debt-ceiling impasse was resolved. Well, now it's resolved. But Jackie Calmes has a piece in today's New York Times about how Geithner "is expected to stay through the president's term after intense White House pressure." That's not by choice. It's about as clear a public signal as the administration can send to Tim Geithner: "Buddy, you're not going anywhere."
So we've come full circle. Geithner used to be regarded as the likeliest guy to get tossed out the door. (Although he really wasn't.) Now, he's dying to leave--and they won't let him! Especially after today's market crash. I'll bet Geithner doesn't cherish the irony.
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