There's just one potentate left to cross off in what I like to think of as the Obama Brain Trust Advent Calendar:
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has all but said it's over. On the one hand, "considering leaving the administration after President Barack Obama reaches an agreement with Congress to raise the national debt limit" sounds pretty much like I quit.
On the other, "after President Barack Obama reaches an agreement with Congress to raise the national debt limit" sounds a lot like once the Arab-Israeli conflict is over.
Don't keep us waiting Geithner, you tease. Give in to the shame! Feel the ignominy coursing through your veins. Accept your destiny. Quit, in the full blaze of your failure, quit.
This, of course, is presuming the three loose-lipped "people familiar with the matter" Bloomberg's Hans Nichols refers to are correctly informed, and Geithner has not already been fired. Long weekend coming up. Should I give him the X now? Vote in the comments.
Update: Was it all just a beautiful dream or a sweeps-week ratings stunt for Bill Clinton's Global Initiative? Geithner tells the former Prez, "I live for this work. It’s the only thing I’ve ever done. I believe in it. We have a lot of challenges as a country. I’m going to be doing it for the foreseeable future." [Note that no part of the future is foreseeable.]