One of the consequences of the White House’s Syria debacle is President Obama’s weakening hold on his own party. Assad is not the only person who is less afraid of the American President this week than last. We don’t seem to be hearing much about immigration reform or the Democrats’ other legislative priorities. And Larry Summers, the President’s choice for the next chairman of the Fed, is among the possible losers. The WSJ reports:
Lawrence Summers’s prospects of becoming chairman of the Federal Reserve next year dimmed Friday, as an important Senate Democrat signaled that he would vote against the Harvard economist, should President Barack Obama nominate him to lead the central bank.Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, considered a political centrist, joins at least three other Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee who are expected to vote against Mr. Summers if he is nominated.
The White House will have to find a way to restore its political authority or we are in for a long period of weak presidential leadership.