There’s often a lot of game-playing in getting appointees approved by the senate. But this requires more attention. The senate Republicans are refusing to give a vote to two of President Obama’s key (hopefully soon to be) economic advisors — Austan Goolsbee and Cecilia Rouse. So for the moment they’re barred from advising the president at all. The Republicans seem pretty candid about the fact that this is pay back for stuff that happened back in the Bush era. But aren’t we in the throes of a catastrophic economic crisis?