Getting her footing in the Senate just as the Enron debacle was blowing up in the early 2000s, Cantwell found her niche drawing up wonked-out policy from a lefty perspective to protect energy consumers and energy markets. Cantwell spent the first several years of her Senate career doing obscure, yeoman’s corporate accountability work, like passing the Commodities Future Modernization Act to regulate energy derivatives. (And her nerdy but righteous toiling continues: During last year’s health care squabbles, she locked in an unsung corporate accountability amendment to regulate pharmaceutical profiteering by pharmaceutical benefit management companies, PBMs.)
Sen. Cantwell: No. No.
PubliCola: Do you have anything nice to say about Tim Geithner?
Sen. Cantwell: Well, I think, [pause] um [long pause] … I think the Treasury Secretary is, um [very long pause] …. um … earnest, in saying at hearings that he wants to work on getting capital to small business, but I don’t know that he understands the urgency of it.
Friday, February 05, 2010
Josh Feit interviews Maria Cantwell
Josh Feit (publicola):