Last year, we saw a music video about Elizabeth Warren. A pundit predicted last year that she could reverse the electoral red tide that arrived in November. An overconfident Democratic author suggested that she become the Democrats' presidential nominee in 2016, after Obama's second term.
If you're scratching your head, you're just like 99 percent of Americans, who have no idea what this is all about. But it continues, and it matters. The left-wing Campaign for America's Future continues to exhibit symptoms of this unhealthy fixation, releasing this statement yesterday:
The Campaign for America’s Future and its supporters are urging President Obama to appoint Elizabeth Warren to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) when the Senate recesses at the end of the month.
“There is only one person who should lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” said Robert Borosage, co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future,” and that is the brilliant advocate who championed it, the remarkable administrator who has helped get it off the ground, and the middle class champion who will make it work – Elizabeth Warren.”
If Obama takeas this advice, it would be yet another recess appointment of someone who has not even had a single confirmation hearing. President Obama used this tactic to make Donald Berwick the head of Medicare, protecting him from several serious questions about his personal finances and his extreme views on health care.
In Warren's case, a recess appointment would protect her from fielding questions from senators about her decision to take $90,000 to testify against some of the same TARP banks she was simultaneously overseeing as an appointed member of the Congressional Oversight Panel.
President Obama appointed Warren to a deputy position at the Treasury Department, from which place she has become the de facto head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The financial reform bill required Senate confirmation for that post, but Obama gave her the lower position in order to circumvent this legal requirement while the agency is being formed.
A recess appointment would continue the Obama administration's pattern of usurping Congressional power in ways his predecessors did not. Past administrations, including that of President Bush, at least waited to make controversial recess appointments until nominees (such as John Bolton) hadat least answered tough questions before Congress.