The unbreakable rule about insiders

In the spring of 2009, Elizabeth Warren, then chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), was taken to lunch by Larry Summers, then director of the National Economic Council and a top adviser to President Obama.

Summers, … … she recalls, told her that she had a choice to make. She could be an insider or an outsider, but if she was going to be an insider she needed to understand one unbreakable rule about insiders: “They don’t criticize other insiders.”

The quote is from a review of Senator Warren’s autobiography, A Fighting Chance, by Jill Lepore in the New Yorker.  The whole review is well worth reading. Click on Reading Elizabeth Warren to read it.

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2 Responses to “The unbreakable rule about insiders”

  1. Notes To Ponder Says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – any country where “Lobbyist” is an actual profession needs its head examined. My naive Canadian question is – what is it about being an American that prevents one from calling bullshit on business as usual? Rather than messing the feathers of self proclaimed militia, further dividing average families along lines of hysteria or conspiracy or patting yourselves on the back for finally catching on – why not say “enough” ?


  2. philebersole Says:

    One of the biggest lobbyists in the United States is your Canadian government, which is trying to get U.S. permission to export your Tar Sands environmental destruction via the Keystone XL pipeline.


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