Bloomberg reports on Senate Republicans holding up the confirmations of Austan Goolsbee and Cecelia Rouse to staff the Council of Economic Advisers. They don’t have any actual objections to Goolsbee or Rouse — they’re just after payback. And their position is so indefensible that the people doing the holding up — in the middle of an economic crisis! — won’t say in public who’s doing it.
Aside from the particulars of this case, it’s once again a reminder that nobody can ever explain a good reason for allowing these “anonymous holds.”