Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sheila Bair Unloads On Larry Summers

"Total Diva" Sheila Bair

The latest fun find in the Wikileaks dump of John Podesta emails.

In an email to Hillary Clinton speechwriter/policy adviser Dan Schwerin, Sheila Bair unloads on Larry Summers:

From: Sheila Bair <sbair@pewtrusts.org>
Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 10:23 AM
To: Dan <dschwerin@hrcoffice.com>
Subject: RE: Pleased to e-introduce Sheila Bair to Secretary Clinton's lead for policy, Dan Schwerin

Dear Dan,

I appreciate that.

I must say it gave me pause when I read in Sunday’s NY Times that Larry Summers is taking such a prominent role in her policy operation (or at least, that was the impression he was trying to create). I don’t think people view him as someone who understands or is sensitive to middle class issues, and justifiably so. Frankly, the policies he has embraced have done a lot to help Wall Street but not much for Main Street. I am not a Democrat, but it seems clear that he will be a divisive, not a unifying force, among your Party’s differing constituencies.


Hee, hee,

Schwerin forwards the email to Clinton campaign chairman John Podetsa, Clinton policy adviser Jake Sullivan and former Hillary chief-of-staff Tamera Luzzatto.

 Luzzatto in an email, comments on "Total Diva" Bair:
To: dschwerin@hrcoffice.com, Jake.Sullivan@gmail.com, john.podesta@gmail.com
Date: 2015-02-12 13:39
Subject: Re: Sheila Bair

you can be sure that's IT, so good for her for 'fessing up. Despises him, and as you all know, she's in the Warren Camp full of such resentments. I think if you decide you want to confer with her, which would be good for the rumblings on the "hundreds" being involved in economic and tax policy, you consider a high level outreach who can verbally put Summers' role (or non-role) in perspective. She's a total diva, all the time, I know in being responsible for her at Pew!

Tamera Luzzatto
M: 202-329-6864
W: 202-540-650


  1. The surest outcome of Wikileaks is fracturing the coalition of oligarchs.

    1. I get what you mean, but only if we could be so lucky. This too shall pass.

    2. I'm not so certain that either party will survive.

      If Donald loses, the Republican Party is dead. If Hillary loses, ditto for the Democrats. Both parties are fractured and rife with civil strife.

      The next presidential election will have a major third party.