Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd recast doubts this afternoon about whether Elizabeth Warren could garner enough votes to head the newly created consumer financial protection bureau, one day after White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called her "very confirmable."
"I don't know, that's the question, how does he know that?" Dodd said in response to a question from TPMDC on his way in to the Democrats' weekly policy lunch.
"She's qualified, no question about that. The question is whether she's confirmable," Dodd added. "The issue is [if] you can't confirm somebody, if you go six or seven months without someone in that job, you've got a problem."
Some have argued that she be given a recess appointment if a minority of senators block her confirmation. Dodd objects to that idea.
"I think that would be a huge mistake," Dodd said, in response to a question from TPMDC. "Recess appointments. No, no, no."
"I think those are, you know, Republicans used to do it, I think that's a mistake," Dodd added. "Except in the most extreme circumstances where you need someone because of an emergency pending, but as a routine matter, I think it's a fundamental mistake."
So let me see if I have this straight. Chris Dodd thinks Elizabeth Warren is DEFINITELY qualified. But he's scared she won't be confirmed....
And even though he acknowledges she's qualified, if Republicans block her like they have blocked many other appointments strictly for partisan purposes, he is against the administration recess appointing her?
You know, its funny because in the first instance Dodd is kind of going after Robert Gibbs for saying she is confirmable as if its not his place to say it. Well guess what Chris? Its not YOUR place to worry about whether the administration would recess appoint her if you and the Senate Democratic leadership fails to do its job and get her confirmed with 59 Dem votes.
I think Senator Dodd needs to know how everyone feels about Elizabeth Warren being confirmed as the head of CFPB don't you?
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