Mike Huckabee Has The Dumbest Idea Ever: Replace Geithner With Trump

I’ve disagreed with Mike Huckabee often, but I’ve never considered him totally off-the-rails nuts, at least not until I read that

Washington (CNN) – 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.

On second thought, maybe Huckabee is on to something. If there’s anyone who knows how to screw over creditors and make a profit doing it, it’s Donald Trump.

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  1. john personna says:


  2. Murray says:

    It’s nonsense not only because of the choice of “Game Changer”, but mainly because we’ve had enough of reckless gamesmanship with our federal finances. Just because the likes of Rep Bachmann call for Geithners resignation, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.

  3. Eric Florack says:

    Geithners forced resignation is in fact a good idea. Remember, he’s the one who suggested that we’ve never get downgraded. Such insights, this man has. On the other hand, it’s a question of who he’d get replaced by.

    Just as I can’t see an advantage of Obama resigning, because we’d end up with Joe Biden as POTUS, I can’t see any advantage in the tax cheat being forced to resign…. since Geithner would doubtlessly be replaced by Ezra Klein or perhaps that mega- moron, Paul Krugman.

  4. labman57 says:

    By Trump’s own admission, he uses bankruptcy laws as a financial planning tactic to further his personal ambitions while evading responsibility for his fiscal failures.

  5. As much as I dislike Trump, I’ve always felt that choosing a deliberately unflattering picture of someone is an extremly cheap rhetorical tactic.

  6. Nightrider says:

    @Stormy Dragon: Agree, but it is such a funny picture that it made an otherwise boring story worth clicking.

  7. An Interested Party says:

    Remember, he’s the one who suggested that we’ve never get downgraded. Such insights, this man has.

    Indeed…he failed to see the complete craziness of the Tea Party crowd as well as the fact that the Republicans would resort to extortion to get what they wanted…

  8. Gustopher says:

    @Nightrider: Also, try to find a flattering photo of him. This one hides the usual unflattering aspects of him with a ridiculous hair stunt. Perhaps that actually is quite flattering after all.

  9. Catfish says:

    I would much prefer Ron Paul, Robert Rubin, or Warren Buffett

  10. sam says:

    @Eric Florack:

    perhaps that mega- moron, Paul Krugman

    David Frum, Were Our Enemies Right?

    Imagine, if you will, someone who read only the Wall Street Journal editorial page between 2000 and 2011, and someone in the same period who read only the collected columns of Paul Krugman. Which reader would have been better informed about the realities of the current economic crisis? The answer, I think, should give us pause. Can it be that our enemies were right?

    Of course, Frum’s a RINO, so…

  11. Hey Norm says:

    Are Eric and Jan the same person? Related?

  12. A voice from another precinct says:

    @Eric Florack: Personally, I think that if Obama had had the inclination to appoint someone like Krugman, he could have done it the first time. The fact that he didn’t is a telling point on how much of a liberal and agent of change he is (or in this case, isn’t).

  13. A voice from another precinct says:

    @Hey Norm: Good question!