By Ken Feltman
Politico asked me about Elizabeth Warren and why she ran into confirmation problems:
Some people, more often people on the political left than the right, seem to believe that anyone who does not agree with them is unworthy of engaging in discussions.
From the beginning, that was Warren’s attitude. She was never going to be popular with congressional Republicans but her brusque treatment of members of Congress doomed her. The administration realized that she was too controversial.
Warren whet the appetite of some senators and anti-regulatory groups for battle. Richard Cordray, her replacement as nominee, can expect a tougher confirmation than the White House seems to appreciate. At the very least, the hearing will be put off for some time.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is very much of Warren’s design; The Cordray confirmation may be very much a product of Warren’s confrontational and dismissive personality.