Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned that the financial markets would view a Senate rejection of Ben Bernanke’s renomination as “very troubling” but said he’s sure the embattled Federal Reserve chairman will prevail.
“We’re very confident that the chairman will be reconfirmed by the Senate, and we think it’s very important he be reconfirmed by the Senate,” Geithner said Friday in an interview at the Treasury for POLITICO’s new video series, “Inside Obama’s Washington,” debuting Monday.
“He’s done a remarkable job of helping steer this economy out of the great recession. And I think he’ll play a very important role in helping in the success of our efforts to try to make sure we are bringing this economy back to durable growth.”
Asked about possible market reaction to a defeat, Geithner said: “I think the markets would view that as a very troubling thing to the economy as a whole. But, as I said, I don’t think they should be uncertain. I think they should be confident because we are very confident he will be reconfirmed.”
It’s of a piece with the idea that all the great geniuses will go Galt if we cut their bonuses (and then our economy will collapse) and the notion that we should just leave everything to very serious GOP daddies. Worse than that, I find this kind of threatening language offensive. It’s not that different than Bush/Cheney implying we’d all be killed by jihadists if they weren’t given complete control of the country.