Nomination that’s too big to fail, did not fail. Notably, Russ Feingold voted against confirmation. Russ Feingold usually gives a wide latitude to Presidents when it comes to his cabinet choices. He was one of the few Democrats that voted to confirm Ashcroft and at that time had said that qualified nominees should be confirmed, unless they are legally or ethically challenged. Geithner’s nomination would have failed, but for the current economic crisis. Clearly, this was a bad nomination. Surprisingly sloppy vetting in an otherwise orderly transition.