Thursday, January 29, 2009
The Fist Next Time: What if Obama's first foreign policy crisis is a new Tienanmen Moment in China ? Bob Wright and I discuss (after trying to figure out what it means, in Obama language, to "unclench your fist"). ... 11:23 P.M.
Geithner: I am not not not being eaten alive by Larry Summers! (Turns out Geithner's just been "exerting subtle bureaucratic influence"!) ... P.S.: For some reason I'm looking forward to the press coverage of mindlessly vicious bureaucratic infighting in the Obama administration. (That sort of ego-tussle can be productive--see Ickes vs. Hopkins .) Was there no domestic policy infighting under Bush, or did the press just not care enough about it to report? ... 10:50 P.M.
In Gambling, I Think They Call This A Lock: When Obama gives a rousing speech, it just shows what a brilliant wordsmith he is. When he gives a dull speech, it's "perhaps by design"--he's intentionally deflating excessive expectations!--and his " Spare Inaugural Rhetoric Signals Strategic Mastery ." ... Nice work if you can get it. ... 7:28 P.M.