Despite not having to go through a Senate confirmation, newly appointed White House consumer Czarina Elizabeth will be in charge of a newly created consumer watchdog agency, according to a CLEAR READING BETWEEN THE LINES of White House statements today.
The White House blames Republicans for stalling the Confirmation process into disfunctionality, but the blog is not aware that the framers made the Senate advice and consent role contingent on parliamentary rules that the president likes.
There’s some evidence that the constitutional-scholar-in-chief is feeling a little guilty, or at least that he’s worried about some political blowback.
President Obama and his aides sought to portray Warren as merely “standing up the agency.” But Obama suggested she will take a policy making role as well, and with no one else clearly running the place, the administrative tasks are sure to fall to her.
“She will help oversee all aspects of the bureau’s creation, from staff recruitment to designing policy initiatives to future decisions about the agency,” Obama said. “She will have direct access to me and to Secretary Geithner, and she will oversee a staff at the Treasury Department that has already begun to work on this task.”
Geithner is said to have been cool to her appointment in the first place, and analysts expect her to have significant autonomy from him, with her fiefdom extending all the way from the West Wing deep into the bowels of Geithner’s Treasury.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today kept trying to portray her as responsible for organizing the place. But he noted that the agency will begin to wield its affect soon and that a Senate-confirmed administrator is unlikely to be in place for nearly year.
That means that Warren will be the de facto administrator. If the Republicans take the Senate, she could be in charge for a long time.