WH Starts Casting About For New Fed Candidates With Less Baggage

ROCK HILL, SC - DECEMBER 2:  Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks to supporters during a town hall meeting at Laurel Ridge on December 2, 2011 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Cain said he would make an announcement about his campaign in Atlanta tomorrow.  (Photo by Davis Turner/Getty Images)
ROCK HILL, SC - DECEMBER 2: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks to supporters during a town hall meeting at Laurel Ridge on December 2, 2011 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Cain said he would make an ... ROCK HILL, SC - DECEMBER 2: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks to supporters during a town hall meeting at Laurel Ridge on December 2, 2011 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Cain said he would make an announcement about his campaign in Atlanta tomorrow. (Photo by Davis Turner/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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As soon as Republican support became less than guaranteed, the White House quietly began casting about for Federal Reserve Board nominees with less baggage than current likely picks Stephen Moore and Herman Cain.

But, according to a Tuesday Bloomberg report, National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said that at least for Cain, he’ll personally have to make the final decision about whether or not to exit the confirmation process.

“We are talking to a number of candidates,” Kudlow said. “We always do.”

A number of Republicans have already expressed discomfort at the notion of supporting Cain, who was tarnished by sexual harassment and assault allegations in 2012.

Moore is seen as comically under-qualified and has suffered reputational blows from a dispute with the IRS.

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  1. Try the baggage terminal at LaGuardia, Donnie…

  2. How about trying a candidate with “some qualifications”.

  3. “We are talking to a number of candidates,” Kudlow said.

    So…Oleg Deripaska and Viktor Vekselberg?

  4. The transition period after the election now seems like a couple of administrations ago,* but I remember those background articles that talked about how, even then, establishment Republicans who would have been the types to serve in these kinds of positions weren’t exactly excitedly returning the Trump Transition Team’s phone calls. And now that their prescience seems spot-on and Trump has turned his administration and party into a big ol’ vanity project, well, look at what’s adhering to the bottom of the barrel when you have to scrape like they do now . . . and finally, to the Senate GOPers’ (very) small credit, look at them say No.

    Little victories.

    *in no small part because the amount of turnover we’ve seen in this administration equals that of a couple of administrations . . .

  5. This is like the Donner party trying to recruit plus-size volunteers…

    They know it’s gonna end badly…

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