I've been writing about Steve Rattner pretty steadily for five or six years. He's been one of my favorite characters from the age of financial ambition. He's often been angry and hurt about what I've had to say. But, honestly, I never disliked him. Rather, I found him almost too good.
He was a striver without respite. I myself might have liked to have striven as hard, but tired too easily. Rattner, on the other hand, was indefatigable. He amassed it all. The money, the Manhattan apartment (what an apartment!), the tireless wife, great power and influence among everybody else of power and influence. True, his chase didn't ever seem to end, or his exertions to get him what he wanted. Instead of being Treasury Secretary, he's only the Car Czar (even there he was really only head of the Car Czar committee).
And now, instead of getting an ultimate reward for his constant exertion, it looks like he's going to be punished for it. His dedication to doing everything that was necessary to reach the top, and to accomplishing and surpassing what was expected of him (once, when I wrote about him, his father responded with a rancorous defense of his son--you know there's a lot riding on success in that house) has gotten him into terrible trouble.
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