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President Shocked To Discover Leading Party Coalition Requires Leading Party Coalition

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Apparently the waaaaahambulance has been called to 1600 Pennsyylvania Avenue:

Surprised and irritated to see Senate Democrats touting a preferred candidate for Federal Reserve chairman, White House officials have moved behind the scenes to quash the campaign and are insisting President Barack Obama not be pressured as he mulls whom to nominate, people familiar with the effort say.

Seriously? Look, the thing about presidenting is that you lead a party coalition. The Senate caucus has substantive and political interests. To be “irritated” by this really doesn’t make any sense. It’s the president’s prerogative to make the selection, and it’s the prerogative of his caucus to make their preferences known. One suspects that the annoyance is based partly on the fact that the people firing at the Summers trial balloon are clearly right on the merits. Yellen is more qualified for this job. Breaking glass ceilings is an important consideration. Letting pre-existing personal relationships excessively influence the choice for Fed Chair (as opposed to a political adviser) is inappropriate.

The story also makes clear that Summers will be confirmed if he’s nominated, which isn’t a surprise. But it would be a terrible fight to pick for multiple reasons.

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