I read this (below) in Mike Allen’s column this morning. It is an excerpt, per Mike, from Tim Geithner’s new book “Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises.” Read below and tell me what you think:
“I remember during one Roosevelt Room prep session before I appeared on the Sunday shows, I objected when Dan Pfeiffer wanted me to say Social Security didn’t contribute to the deficit. It wasn’t a main driver of our future deficits, but it did contribute. Pfeiffer said the line was a ‘dog whistle’ to the left, a phrase I had never heard before. He had to explain that the phrase was code to the Democratic base, signaling that we intended to protect Social Security.” (p. 458-9, 467)
Pfeiffer should have a chance to tell his side of the above. If he wants, he can come on ON THE RECORD at 7pm and explain.
Note also that I just read that a Romney economics campaign advisor – Glenn Hubbard – said Geithner lied in a quote about him in the new book.