Comments on: Larry Summers vs everybody else A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: PPageMcCaw Tue, 09 Jun 2009 13:15:40 +0000 One of the strategies that Obama has used very effectively is to bring all the major players on an issue into the administration, rather than having disgruntled, passed over players sitting on the side lines throwing Sunday morning stones at the administration. Summers, Volcker etc had to be inside in order to keep them from attacking the administration.

This strategy is working, the attacks come from Rush “Let them fail!” Limbaugh, not from “Today we are sitting down with former Treasury Secretary Summers who has some surprising things to say about the state of the economy and the President’s plan”.

The strategy can have problems: too many cooks in the kitchen being a major one. One way to handle this is to put the outsiders on a Presidential Advisory Commission and make sure that they get to have lunch with someone every once in a while. I think this story suggests what Summers’ role is in the administration and how much he can push back too.