It seems like everyone’s a would-be Democrat strategist these days — I’m pretty sure the homeless guy at the bus stop yesterday was organizing robocalls for Alvin Greene (or maybe he WAS Alvin Greene?) — which means you can find an opinion on how the administration can get its groove back just about anywhere, and free of charge. You’ll get your money’s worth and more with insightful strategic advice like this from Brent Budowsky at The Hill and 13 Bankers co-author Simon Johnson at HuffPo. Both write the same thing yesterday, in an approach that is totally not coordinated, arguing that the key to President Obama revitalizing and motivating his base to get to the polls is — get this — recess appointing Elizabeth Warren.
Budowsky first — you can tell his argument is more fun given the number of commas:
I could be wrong; Obama might give up at the last minute, which would be the last betrayal of the Democratic base and very possibly the death knell of the Democratic House of Representatives. But if he names Warren, the pundits be will amazed, astonished and flabbergasted by the lift this would give to the Democratic base and by the voter turnout that would follow.
Johnson is equally ebulllient:
What could he possibly do that would grab people’s attention, mobilize his political base and put his opponents on the defensive? There is an easy answer: Appoint Elizabeth Warren to start running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) immediately.
It is a sad day, gentlemen, for the American center-right. Messrs. Johnson and Budowsky have finally discovered our political Achilles heel.
For months from our shadowy lairs, we’ve secretly played off fears that Elizabeth Warren would not be confirmed to run this new agency, planting blog posts and spreading rumors, leaving the left’s base depressed and confused. “Who’s Elizabeth Warren?” a commenter asks, “Was she in Playboy?” Clearly a Republican plant, whistling past the graveyard. They are just too smart for us, my friends, discovering the one thing that could — nay, WILL — be a game-changing national political event.
Now that they’ve discovered our weakness, prepare for the worst. We all know well the power of such appointments, recalling how the election of 2002 hinged on the decision to appoint Deborah Matz to the National Credit Union Administration. We all remember where we were the day of that momentous occasion.