When they start making jokes about you, it’s hard to recover. And that’s what is happening now to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
It’s not just “Saturday Night Live” poking fun at him — you saw the skit depicting a Geithner so clueless that he offered a huge reward to anyone who called his hotline, 1-800-IDEAS, with a plan to get us out of the financial crisis. Beyond the TV shows, Geithner, who was confirmed despite having to pay $48,000 in back taxes and interest, is also the target of suppressed snickers on Capitol Hill whenever the subject turns to the IRS. And now, he is widely thought to be not up to the job.