Tim Geithner says the White House told him to fib on television.

Because he now needs to reformat his career before entering into private industry, Tim Geithner, the former secretary of the Treasury Department most famous for not paying his taxes to the Treasury Department, has decided to pen a memoir.

And in that memoir, he’s decided to explain that, when you got bad information from him about the economy, that totes wasn’t his fault. And, if his Sunday morning interviews sounded a little like they contained catch-phrases designed to queue up salivating liberal bloggers like they’d just heard Pavlov’s dinner bell, well, that’s because they were.

“I remember during one Roosevelt Room prep session before I appeared on the Sunday shows, I objected when Dan Pfeiffer wanted me to say Social Security didn’t contribute to the deficit. It wasn’t a main driver of our future deficits, but it did contribute. Pfeiffer said the line was a ‘dog whistle’ to the left, a phrase I had never heard before. He had to explain that the phrase was code to the Democratic base, signaling that we intended to protect Social Security.”

Here’s the thing. Apparently, the left’s bloggers meet over milkshakes to discuss codewords with administration officials, such that a member of the Cabinet can use one on a television show and inspire the entire lefty blogosphere into action. And they say they’re terrible at staying on message together. Apparently, only because someone missed the meeting.

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