I wonder sometimes if the financial crisis may have played at least some minor role in helping avert disaster. There is only so much executive-crisis-management bandwidth in Washington, and I'm sure every last bit of it was consumed for September and October with the financial crisis. Whether that played a role will be for someone on the inside to make clear someday.
I've one more blog post on an interesting NYT story; after that I expect to be posting rather little. For those of you who have contributed in emails, comments, and links, thank you--I've learned a lot the past couple of years.