So, as far as I can tell (disclaimer: I know nothing about how the Senate works), to get Peter Diamond confirmed Reid would need 60 votes to file cloture. I have this on good word from a bar conversation I had last night with a fit blonde Senate staffer (I'd recommend her for WH intern, btw). Her view was, some horse-trading could probably get him through -- come to think of it, you should have attached that to the tax cut.
And now your administration has another appointment to make with Kevin Warsh stepping down.
Your White House needs to move on both of these ASAP. There's an argument to be made that this is the single biggest thing you could do to help the economy in the next couple years, much less your own reelection prospects.
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