Jim Kouri
Obama's new Czarina? Another empty suit, say detractors
By Jim Kouri
September 18, 2010

This afternoon, President Barack Obama announced that Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren has been appointed Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

In this role, she will build the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau [CFPB], the centerpiece of the new Dodd-Frank financial regulatory overhaul law. Ms. Warren was the first to call for the creation of such an agency in 2007. The CFPB budget could be as large as $500 million. Warren's role as senior advisor is currently loosely defined, allowing President Obama's appointment to avoid confirmation by the Senate.

"If a Democratic President can't even attempt confirmation with a 59 seat Democratic majority in the Senate, Ms. Warren is clearly not only unpalatable to conservatives, but to a large number of liberals as well. How convenient that the President's announcement comes on a Friday afternoon, as soon as the Senate, who is supposed to 'advise and consent,' has left town," said Congressman McHenry (R-NC).

"Ms. Warren just adds to the list of this White House's unchecked fleet of czars. Her increased proximity to this President and loosely defined role will only make the creation of this new bureaucracy harder to track and further shielded from proper Congressional oversight. This is a continuation of a troubling pattern of avoiding disclosure and Senate confirmation."

On April 12, 2010, CNN reported that Warren's was among additional names being considered as Supreme Court nominees to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. Some believe that because she wasn't chosen for the nation's highest court, Obama is now offering her a powerful position without the sometimes tough confirmation process.

Critics are not as impressed with Warren's academic background, pointing out that she possesses no "real world" experience.

"Here's a woman who's lived in an ivory tower all her life but never had to meet a payroll or run a business or even worked for a profit-making organization. She's a left-wing ideologue who'll fit right in with Obama's regime of left-wingers," said political strategist Mike Baker.

Warren went to Harvard Law School in 1992 as the Robert Braucher Visiting Professor of Commercial Law. Prior to Harvard, she was the William A. Schnader Professor of Commercial Law at University of Pennsylvania School of Law and also taught at the University of Texas School of Law, University of Houston Law Center, University of Michigan and Rutgers Law School.

"Most conservatives that I've talked to believe she's just another empty-suit for Obama to add to his other empty suits in his administration," said Baker.

© Jim Kouri


The views expressed by RenewAmerica columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of RenewAmerica or its affiliates.
(See RenewAmerica's publishing standards.)

Jim Kouri

Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police... (more)


Receive future articles by Jim Kouri: Click here

More by this author

September 10, 2017
Trump Justice: 'Dreamer' wanted for murder nabbed by feds in NJ and extradited

July 26, 2017
NJ 12-year-old's suicide a plea for cyber-bullying law: GOP candidate Heather Darling

June 12, 2017
Obama hampered law enforcement investigation of Iranian terrorism funding

June 2, 2017
Prez of Young Democrats and Mayor de Blasio staffer busted for kiddie porn; one victim 6-mos. old

May 29, 2017
The conservative approach to taxation and a healthy business climate

May 24, 2017
U.S. intelligence reports warn of cyber "Cold War"

March 3, 2017
Media attack Trump's terrorism expert Dr. Sebastian Gorka

December 23, 2016
Trump's border wall: The bill was passed and signed into law

December 22, 2016
Dem lawmakers demand commission to probe Trump-Russia conspiracy

December 14, 2016
Outraged Vets: VA hospital death touted as proof of Obama and Democrats indifference

More articles


Stephen Stone
The most egregious lies Evan McMullin and the media have told about Sen. Mike Lee

Siena Hoefling
Protect the Children: Update with VIDEO

Stephen Stone
Flashback: Dems' fake claim that Trump and Utah congressional hopeful Burgess Owens want 'renewed nuclear testing' blows up when examined

Pete Riehm
The world shares Israel’s problems

Peter Lemiska
The poisonous mix of imported hatred and home-grown ignorance

Michael Bresciani
Prophecy 2024: Major prophecies are closing fast

Selwyn Duke
For the West to live, immigration(ism) must die

Mark Shepard
Black Men for Trump – Makes a lot of sense

Cliff Kincaid
Will someone investigate the NSA?

Rev. Mark H. Creech
Revelation Chapter 19: Guarding against idolization, John’s angelic encounter

Steve A. Stone
No retreat – No surrender – No quarter

Matt C. Abbott
A pro-life charity watchlist

Jerry Newcombe
Western civilization’s most important and neglected strand

Curtis Dahlgren
God's 'practical joke' on Jew haters

Cherie Zaslawsky
Israel in the crosshairs: Part One
  More columns


Click for full cartoon
More cartoons


Matt C. Abbott
Chris Adamo
Russ J. Alan
Bonnie Alba
Chuck Baldwin
Kevin J. Banet
J. Matt Barber
Fr. Tom Bartolomeo
. . .
[See more]

Sister sites