Washington (CNN) - With administration officials acknowledging Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Warren is under consideration as either temporary or permanent head of the powerful consumer financial protection agency, the Democratic chair of the Senate Banking Committee said it would be a mistake for the White House to bypass the Senate confirmation process by naming her as interim chief.
"I'm not enthusiastic about that. I think it will be met with a lot of opposition," Sen. Chris Dodd told reporters in the Capitol Tuesday.
President Obama has publically praised Warren, but there are questions on Capitol Hill as to whether Democrats can get the 60 votes needed to confirm her, especially during the election season.
"It's a big job, it's an important job," Dodd said. "You've got to build the support for it institutionally. Or in the next Congress - none of us know what the outcome is going to be, politically - you could gut this before it even gets off the ground. If you don't have someone running it early on it jeopardizes the existence of the consumer protection bureau."
Washington (CNN) - Senior White House adviser David Axelrod told Democratic senators behind closed doors on Thursday that if they want to win re-election they need to go on offense and stress to voters that it's Republicans who are to blame for the economic mess the country is in today.
"We're not interested in re-litigating the past but we don't want to relive it either," Axelrod said after the closed-door strategy session with Senate Democrats in the Capitol. "People need to know that when they cast that Republican vote they're casting that vote for those same discredited policies that punished the middle class and created this crisis in the first place."
A senior administration official added to CNN that President Obama will be "ramping up" his personal campaign schedule in a major way in September in order to make that very case, that his administration is moving the country forward after passage of key parts of his agenda - including the stimulus package, health care reform, and Wall Street reform.