Calm before the storm: Does silence on Warren signal decision soon?

September 15, 2010

An eerie calm has descended over the blogosphere after the feeding frenzy that broke out earlier this week on whether President Barack Obama was poised to name Elizabeth Warren to lead the new consumer financial agency.

The week started with an avalanche of stories and blogs speculating on the possibility of Obama naming Warren, a Harvard law professor, as an interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The move would have allowed Obama to avoid what would likely be a heated confirmation battle.

Senators Chris Dodd, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins expressed reservations about the temporary appointment on Tuesday, urging Obama not to bypass the Senate confirmation process.

USA/But today, there has been little grist for the mill when it comes to public comments on Warren. Sometimes in Washington, silence means something is brewing.

Could this mean a decision is imminent?

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs seemed to signal the process was moving closer to a decision but gave no specifics on timing.

“I don’t have any personnel announcements. The president doesn’t have any personnel announcements. They could come later this week,” Gibbs said when pressed at a daily news briefing.

On Capitol Hill, Congressman Barney Frank, a Warren ally, told reporters including Reuters’ Dave Clarke he wasn’t able to shed any new light on the state of play, but hinted that he, too, thought something might be up.

“If I were the White House I wouldn’t tell me,” Frank said. “I don’t want to know. One of the things that makes me think that something positive is going on is that I haven’t heard from Elizabeth.”

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/Jim Young (Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner greeted by Elizabeth Warren, December 10, 2009)

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