Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner last week said he will seek private-sector help for the banks, offering loans at favorable rates and putting up government backing to reduce the risks to investors like Carlyle.
With $40 billion in cash on the sidelines waiting for the right play, Carlyle could find many profitable deals in the financial sector.
Two other signs are worth noting. One, Carlyle co-chairs two efforts at remaking the global financial system. Co-founder David Rubenstein heads the World Economic Forum study, while Senior Adviser Arthur Levitt leads a financial industry study group.
Two, what Carlyle's Rubenstein says, the Obama team does. The blue links to the current White House are numerous. Corporafornication remains alive and well.