Former White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew was confirmed in the Senate today by a 71-26 vote.
President Obama released a statement saying he was “pleased,” and,
At this critical time for our economy and our country, there is no one more qualified for this position than Jack.
Actually, there a lots of people more qualified, and Obama knows it. But Lew will be a reliable foot soldier in Obama’s planned war of attrition with Republicans.
His reputation as a master of fiscal issues who can work with leaders on both sides of the aisle has already helped him succeed in some of the toughest jobs in Washington.
Actually, he’s had trouble working with Republicans, who view him as a rigid partisan. And as Obama’s budget chief he had to be forced into getting serious about cutting the deficit by Republicans after a submitting a budget that was laughed out of Washington.
He may be a “master of fiscal issues” – he figured out how to achieve the difficult task of running $1 trillion deficits – but he has little experience with the financial issues a Treasury Secretary deals with.
Maybe he’ll learn on the job.