Geithner’s support appears unaffected

GEITHNER’S SUPPORT APPEARS UNAFFECTED…. The “revelations” against Treasury Secretary nominee Timothy Geithner seem pretty thin, prompting the next question: is his confirmation still on track? At this point, yes.

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, restated his support, as did other Democrats. The senior Republican on the Finance Committee, Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, declined to take a position, but two others from his party stood behind Mr. Geithner.

“I still support him,” Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah said. “He’s a very, very competent guy.”

Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, called the matter “a lot to do about nothing.”

“I just find it to be really unfortunate,” Mr. Gregg said, “because here is an extraordinarily qualified guy who we really do want to have in leadership here in Washington.”

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) added that he doesn’t believe the allegations are severe and said he’d “probably support” Geithner’s nomination.

The vote count seems unaffected, but Republican leaders are still hoping to at least slow the nomination down in light of the controversy. Geithner’s confirmation hearing was scheduled for Friday, with a floor vote on track before Inauguration Day. Late yesterday, Sens. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) blocked a request to proceed with the hearing, making it less likely Geithner will be in office before Tuesday.

It’s only the Treasury Secretary in the midst of an economic crisis; no need to hurry.