Anyway, it’s quite a trajectory, from being way up, to so far down that people don’t want to admit on the record that they like the guy.

And yet, as Politico tells it, the same person is still getting lots of face time with the people in charge.

Hmm. Let me see if I get this straight: So, he’s inside-up, outside-down?

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Holly Yeager is CJR's Peterson Fellow, covering fiscal and economic policy. She is based in Washington and reachable at