Opposition to Summers taking over the Fed came from liberal Democrats, a sign that the relationship between the president and his party is strained.
A former Republican Senate aide who is now a lobbyist said that Democrats are still united behind the president on the big issues of fiscal policy. “If the president makes some sort of deal [with Republicans] you could see some of the splintering on the left, the way you saw the split over Yellen and Summers,” this former aide said. “But smartly, they are sticking together, unlike the Republicans who are showing fracture.”
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.