Over at The New Republic, Noam Scheiber counts the votes for Elizabeth Warren, the current head of the Congressional Oversight Panel over the Troubled Asset
Over at The New Republic, Noam Scheiber counts the votes for Elizabeth Warren, the current head of the Congressional Oversight Panel over the Troubled Asset Relief Program, a Harvard Law professor and progressives’ choice to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Any nominee will need 60 votes to overcome a presumed filibuster in the Senate.
[T]he GOP has been willing to filibuster even seemingly popular proposals. But, after surveying a dozen insiders over the last few days — congressional aides, industry officials, progressive activists, and a few administration officials — I’ve concluded that the odds are good that Warren would be confirmed if nominated by the White House. (The White House itself agrees — it is ”confident she is confirmable,” according to a spokeperson.)
Most telling is the basic Senate math. According to two senior Senate aides — one whose boss favors Warren and the other whose boss would prefer an alternative — pretty much every Senate Democrat (and Independent) would find it agonizingly difficult to join a filibuster of Warren’s nomination, which would mean opposing an outspoken consumer advocate at a time of deep anti-Wall Street sentiment. Simply put: hoping the president will choose another candidate — something that describes several Senate Democrats — isn’t the same as opposing his eventual nominee.
Scheiber notes that an aide for Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), a possible crossover, seemed to smile on Warren, without confirming or denying the Senator’s support for her: The aide says he has “worked well with Ms. Warren in her current oversight and he appreciates that she hasn’t been a rubber stamp for the administration and the fact that she’s kept the Treasury Department’s feet to the fire.” And Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) has also signaled her approval of Warren in the past.
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