Huckabee: Trump should replace Geithner

posted at 5:05 pm on August 6, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Ed made the case this morning as to why Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner must go (and he should!), but, so far, little discussion has focused on who his successor should be. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee decided to start that ball rolling with a sensational suggestion. Political Ticker reports:

Amid calls by the GOP for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s resignation, one Republican is offering an unorthodox choice for a potential replacement.

“Ask Donald Trump to be Treasury secretary,” Mike Huckabee said on Fox News Channel.

The former Arkansas governor elaborated: “Have Donald Trump take the job for 90 days. It’s a game changer.”

“Right now, the president needs something that is truly a game changer, and he doesn’t have that in Geithner,” Huckabee said.

Once the president taps him for Treasury, Trump’s first act should, of course, be to tell Geithner, “You’re fired.” And if taking the Treasury Secretary position would keep the Donald from mounting an independent campaign for the presidency and effectively diminishing Republican chances at winning in 2012, then I’m sold. Seriously, though, the Huckster is right to suggest the president should select someone who knows a thing or two about job creation — and, unlike Geithner who earlier this year discredited fears of the nation’s discrediting, Trump saw this coming (as we all should have!) and might have an idea or two about what to do now that it has.

In other words, Huckabee’s reasons for suggesting him were right on. “President Obama needs to have [Geithner] walk the plank, not necessarily because it’s going to change the White House policy, but because in politics optics is everything,” Huckabee said. “And right now, the president needs to show a sense of taking command and doing things differently.” Yep — if he could only pause from partying long enough to do that.


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Hasn’t he gone bankrupt a few times?

andy85719 on August 6, 2011 at 5:09 PM

pfft…open up a phone book and randomly pick any CPA. No need for a gimmick or a celebrity…

equanimous on August 6, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Hasn’t he gone bankrupt a few times?

andy85719 on August 6, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Not personally…

Seven Percent Solution on August 6, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Trump saw this coming (as we all should have!)…

We did Tina, we did…

Seven Percent Solution on August 6, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Huck is not getting wiser with age….. Go away Huck. You never did anything worth a damn in office, nor on the campaign, and the country manifestly does NOT need you, or your big-government Republicanism.

Stop talking.

rightwingyahooo on August 6, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Trump is a complete tool. Anyone who does his hair like that cannot be taken seriously.

Sound and fury signifying nothing.

rightwingyahooo on August 6, 2011 at 5:16 PM

I suggest the Underpants Gnomes. Even they understand profit more than Turbo Timmah!!

trubble on August 6, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Trump?

Huckabee has the right idea…but it is the Right idea, thus the Administration will laugh it off as will a preponderance of Congress.

Obama’s set qualifications for a possible replacement for Geithner are two-fold. [Assuming Obama has any intention of letting geithner go...which he does not.]

The first, whomever is chosen has to be willing to follow the Glorious Leader 100%, all the way, no qualms.

The second, whomever Obama chooses must be a Fabian Socialist, as is Obama…and thus view the notion of spreading the wealth around through government intervention in the markets as the most fundamental tenet in any national fiscal policy. By hook or crook, national socialism must be the goal. Otherwise, don’t bother to apply.

coldwarrior on August 6, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Good tease. More likely: Jeff Immelt

petefrt on August 6, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Yes, because when Obama thinks “trusted Cabinet secretary,” the first thing that pops in his head is “the guy who says you bribed your professors and falsified your birth certificate.”

KingGold on August 6, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Hasn’t he gone bankrupt a few times?

andy85719 on August 6, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Not personally, but he has used bankruptcy laws several times with businesses he has bought.

ladyingray on August 6, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Trump is a complete tool. Anyone who does his hair like that cannot be taken seriously.

Sound and fury signifying nothing.

rightwingyahooo on August 6, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Right … the guy is a success by any standard but in your eyes he’s a tool and cannot be taken seriously because of his hair.

uh huh

darwin on August 6, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Uh, Tina, I watched that interview and Huck was pretty much kidding about Trump. Political Ticker wanted a headline. You got snookered.

NoNails on August 6, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Otherwise, don’t bother to apply.

coldwarrior on August 6, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Yep, and TG has been the epitome of sycophantism.

petefrt on August 6, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Trump would only do it if he could bring along a camera and do a tv show around it.

slickwillie2001 on August 6, 2011 at 5:23 PM

In case you need more reason to think Huckabee is crazy….

Falz on August 6, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Okay, so now I love Huckabee again. LOL…love it.

bridgetown on August 6, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Huck keeps getting fatter. That is how I knew he wasn’t going to run. If Christie starts to lose weight real fast, then he is in.

andy85719 on August 6, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Huckabee: Trump should replace Geithner

Actually:

1. Trump should replace OBAMA.

..and if not..then 2. Trump should replace Harry Reid.
..and if not..then 3. Trump should replace the Deficit Reduction committee.
..and if not..then 4. Trump should replace the CBO
..and if not..then 5. Trump should replace the heads of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
..and if not..then 6. Trump should replace Geithner.

(Trump could probably handle any or all of these positions in his spare time)

landlines on August 6, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Huckabee things small.

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Huckabee thinks small, that s/b.

Obama needs replacing, Geither et carnival.

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Not only should Geithner be fired, he should be arrested, tried and incarcerated for the rest of his life. Crook.

Key West Reader on August 6, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Hasn’t he gone bankrupt a few times?

andy85719 on August 6, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Has Obama made it, even once?

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Should there be an apostrophe in the second word? :-)

[And, if there is, that's some pretty intimate information you are privy to.]

coldwarrior on August 6, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Obama hired Geithner to pay back a favor Geithner’s dad did for O’s parents.

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Has Obama made it, even once?

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Given Obama’s proclivity for letting others do his work…seems he is letting all of us go bankrupt first.

coldwarrior on August 6, 2011 at 5:38 PM

The true problem is that Obowma doesn’t believe in the Free Market Capitalist system without complete government control and regulation…

… I don’t care who is next, the policies that will save this country will never get past Obowma and his ideology.

Seven Percent Solution on August 6, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Obama hired Geithner to pay back a favor Geithner’s dad did for O’s parents.

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2011 at 5:37 PM

So, Obama has a personal cook AND a personal crook.

/It’s good to be king

Key West Reader on August 6, 2011 at 5:38 PM

coldwarrior on August 6, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Corrected, and no info whatever, yak on the thought.

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Good tease. More likely: Jeff Immelt

petefrt on August 6, 2011 at 5:17 PM

a more logical pick for Obama…

jimver on August 6, 2011 at 5:39 PM

@NoNails: Nah, I figured Huckabee was half-joking, as was I, with this retelling. The point is, virtually *anyone* would be better at this point. And the point Huckabee made later was what I really wanted to highlight — if the Obama administration knew what was good for it, the president would replace Geithner with someone who doesn’t share the views that stimulus-ed us right into this mess in the first place. But, of course, as y’all are saying, he won’t.

Tina Korbe on August 6, 2011 at 5:39 PM

May he replace him with Corzine. That w/b ‘comedy’ gold.

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2011 at 5:40 PM

or Warren-I-want-to-Pay-more-Taxes-but-They-don’t-let-me’ Buffet :-)

jimver on August 6, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Thank heaven for that. :-)

Did not know about the papa Geithner papa Obama connection.

Care to elaborate?

coldwarrior on August 6, 2011 at 5:40 PM

HA! 0bama picking Trump to replace one of his Goldmann Sachs butt boys. Never happen. 0bama hates him more than just about anyone, and he isn’t a fellow traveler’ or someone that 0bama could cow into submission.

LegendHasIt on August 6, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Care to elaborate?

coldwarrior on August 6, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Not really, but the dad gave them a big fat loan, when most needed for ‘special project’, political one.

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Hard to believe HotAir is ignoring this. Hundreds of blacks attack whites at state fair.

astonerii on August 6, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Did not know about the papa Geithner papa Obama connection.

Care to elaborate?

coldwarrior on August 6, 2011 at 5:40 PM

…papa Geithner mama Obama connection actually…

jimver on August 6, 2011 at 5:43 PM

coldwarrior, not the papa O, the other side of the family, the oh-so-poor/naive part…who were not poor, pretty influential and worked subversive to us projects. Such was funded by papa Geithner.

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Geithner should’ve gone long ago. While we’re at it, let’s call for his boss’s resignation as well.

Midas on August 6, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Hard to believe HotAir is ignoring this. Hundreds of blacks attack whites at state fair.
astonerii on August 6, 2011 at 5:42 PM

It was in the green room, by MadisonConservative yesterday. It made it to Headlines this morning, but the management chickened out and deleted the information and comments.

LegendHasIt on August 6, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Hard to believe HotAir is ignoring this. Hundreds of blacks attack whites at state fair.

astonerii on August 6, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Was in the headlines earlied, shot down by AP for some reason, likely racist comments or some such.

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2011 at 5:41 PM

jimver on August 6, 2011 at 5:43 PM

So Timmy was chosen and rammed through the Senate as payback for a personal favor done years earlier?

Seems to smack of old time Tammany Hall or Chicagoland politics…and Obama said that he was going to usher in a new age of honesty, transparency and such if he were elected.

Gotta tell you, I am shocked, deeply shocked. //

coldwarrior on August 6, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Care to elaborate?

coldwarrior on August 6, 2011 at 5:40 PM

This should be enough to get you started: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2518953/posts

petefrt on August 6, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Hard to believe HotAir is ignoring this. Hundreds of blacks attack whites at state fair.

astonerii on August 6, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Not really.

It’s a notable news story, and that’s where I’ve read it and seen it covered.

It’s not, however, a political story… so why should HA spend time with it? Are you posting over at fashion news discussion forums that you can’t believe they’re ignoring the story? Why would they?

Midas on August 6, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Hard to believe HotAir is ignoring this. Hundreds of blacks attack whites at state fair.

astonerii on August 6, 2011 at 5:42 PM

It wasn’t ignored. It was in the headlines earlier, and in the green room.
Were you just chomping at the bit to play the racist card?

bridgetown on August 6, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Fastest lip in the west.

Kissmygrits on August 6, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Midas on August 6, 2011 at 5:49 PM

While politicians may not be taking part in it, or targets of it, if you don’t think it is ‘political’ you are not as deep a thinker as I thought you were.

LegendHasIt on August 6, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Trump would only do it if he could bring along a camera and do a tv show around it.

slickwillie2001 on August 6, 2011 at 5:23 PM

I know you’re being snarky, but I think that would be a great idea. Or better yet another Trump show with apprentice’s showing Congress how fixing this mess could be accomplished.

Think about it.

Knucklehead on August 6, 2011 at 6:11 PM

My bad.

astonerii on August 6, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Hotair is the twilight zone today. Nothing is as it seems.

slickwillie2001 on August 6, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Sorry but…
#1, Trump is a birther
#2, No one in this administration would ever agree to anything he had to say about the state of the economy, what could be done about it, or anything else.
#3, He’s Trump

scalleywag on August 6, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Trump is so experienced with bankruptcy, right choice for the right time: Hug-a-beebrain.

bayview on August 6, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Removing Trump from the presidential rumor mill doesn’t do Obama any good, and most Republicans aren’t big on the guy anyways.

If Obama really wanted to shake things up with a pro-business pick and get bi-partisan kudos and shake up the GOP field, he should pick Hermann Cain.

thuljunior on August 6, 2011 at 6:47 PM

If Geitner goes, and that’s a big if, Mr. President would be more likely to appoint someone like Krugman, although he’s probably so ticked at Mr. President he’d never take the job. He hasn’t spent enough to suit him.

scalleywag on August 6, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Jack Welch.

BallisticBob on August 6, 2011 at 6:58 PM

I couldn’t help but cry this morning over this. It has made me a little sick all day. So many lost at once…it just makes me want to flood that area and eradicate those sapsuckers.

Minorcan Maven on August 6, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Peter Schiff should replace Geithner.

Bigfoot on August 6, 2011 at 7:08 PM

After watching that video, how is it all those dopes are still on TV and radio and he isn’t?

BallisticBob on August 6, 2011 at 7:22 PM

“Hard to believe HotAir is ignoring this.” Why not! They totally ignored the revoking of the Silver Star from Kerry’s naval superior. Maybe I’ll get the heave ho for saying this but it looks like some people would rather be careful and politically correct than conservative.

MaiDee on August 6, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Stephen Wynn, and he might take the job, knowing Obama’s out anyway in 2012.

TXUS on August 6, 2011 at 7:45 PM

MaiDee on August 6, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Tut-tut now, let’s not be controversial.

slickwillie2001 on August 6, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Suze Orman… She can say no.

Fallon on August 6, 2011 at 9:50 PM

We can not have successful persons like Trump or Cain taking over parts of the US Government…

they might succeed we’ll lose hundreds of thousands of federal jobs and the unemployment rate go even higher!

amend2 on August 6, 2011 at 10:06 PM

LegendHasIt on August 6, 2011 at 5:47 PM Schadenfreude on August 6, 2011 at 5:47 PM

It’s still in the headlines, it has just rotated off the the top of the page. Stuff from the Green Room presents a bit different from the regular format but the article and comments are still there.

Cindy Munford on August 6, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Really, Huck? You want a guy that ran an attention whoring campaign that allowed the media to further paint conservatives as unhinged idiots to take over the economy of our country?

No thanks.

Benaiah on August 7, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Cindy Munford on August 6, 2011 at 10:45 PM

If you would care to click on the headline link, you would find that the post and the comments are gone….
Unless your Browser Cache is putting in the old ones.

No need to teach your grandmother to suck eggs.

LegendHasIt on August 7, 2011 at 2:46 PM

It’s still in the headlines, it has just rotated off the the top of the page. Stuff from the Green Room presents a bit different from the regular format but the article and comments are still there.

Cindy Munford on August 6, 2011 at 10:45 PM

It’s exactly as Legend described, here

LegendHasIt on August 7, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2011 at 3:21 PM