Why Geithner Will Skate

On the surface, the parallels are haunting between the mess Tim Geithner has found himself in and the one that sank Zoe Baird’s nomination for attorney general 16 years ago. But his chances of avoiding her fate aren’t that bad.

Baird, a 40-year-old corporate lawyer who was incoming President Bill Clinton’s choice to become the first woman to run the Justice Department, was forced to withdraw her nomination after it was revealed that she’d knowingly hired two illegal Peruvian immigrants as household help and then failed to pay Social Security taxes for them.

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