First of all, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro would not talk about Goldman Sachs.
There was no drawing her out. The head of the agency that filed a civil fraud lawsuit charging that Goldman misled investors would not say a word about the case.
Quite the opposite from the high-drama being played out at the same time on Capitol Hill where Goldman Sachs executives were facing the fusillade at a Senate hearing, where one senator kept repeating "shi--y deal." (There are two t's missing from that word).
Schapiro in an interview at the Reuters Global Financial Regulation Summit just was not going to go there. "I'm not going to comment on Goldman," she said before one reporter even got the question out.
Even while responding to a tangential question, she began by saying "put the Goldman case aside," careful to make sure her answer would not be linked to the investment bank.