Unless You’re a Shill for Banks and Big Business, The Washington Elites Will Call You Controversial

David Sirota

Tim Geithner and Chris Dodd’s opposition to Elizabeth Warren stems from the fact that she wasn’t a puppet for big banks.

Over the last few days, Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner have made the case that Harvard professor and Congressional Oversight Panel chairwoman Elizabeth Warren is too controversial a figure to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Agency. This, then, raises the revealing question of how Washington defines “controversial”?

Recall that the charge of “too controversial” was not made by Senate Democrats (or at least not at the volume they are being made against Warren) against Gary Gensler, the former Goldman Sachs executive appointed by President Obama to head the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. It was not made by most Senate Democrats against Larry Summers, a hedge fund executive subsequently appointed to a top economic position in the administration. It was not made against Citigroup executive Jack Lew when last week he was appointed to head the Office of Management and Budget. And it wasn’t made against Tim Geithner, who orchestrated massive taxpayer giveaways to major banks during his time at the New York Fed.

And yet, according to Democratic-run Washington, D.C., Elizabeth Warren — an academic not connected to the financial industry or past corrupt governmental decisions; a regulator working to protect taxpayer’s bailout money — may apparently be too controversial to be confirmed by a Democratic Senate.

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