Ms. Warren acknowledged that part of her strategy was to provide federal agencies with progressives to carry out their policies. She said she privately directed her recruitment recommendations to the White House, repeating that “staff is policy.”
During the 2020 primary campaign, Ms. Warren and Mr. Biden appeared to be on the other end of the Democratic Party’s ideological spectrum. However, their shared interest in raising the middle class and reducing income inequality has helped to build a strong working relationship.
Jeff Hauser, the director of the Revolving Door Project, suggested that Ms. Warren’s connections with former Senator Ted Kaufman, Mr. Biden’s longtime Senate chief of staff who led his transition team, had helped her lead many of her acolytes to important jobs. In 2008, when Ms. Warren was a professor at Harvard Law School, She was appointed to join a congressional panel That was oversight of the $ 700 billion Troubled Asset Relief program. When she left that job to assist the Consumer Protection Bureau, Mr. Kaufman replaced her and continued her strict supervisory work.
Ms. Warren’s allies say she’s playing the long game of political proposals like the property tax, driving her from marginal European ideas to mainstream politics in the hopes that Democrats will have the votes to pass such laws sooner rather than later.
“She’s doing what she always does, person to person in the Senate, person to person in administration, explaining the political advantages, explaining the political advantages and making the case,” said Mike Lux, a Democratic political strategist and friend of Mrs. Warren.
Meanwhile, after four years of defense, Ms. Warren is relieved. The day she voted to push ahead with Mr Chopra’s nomination as head of the consumer bureau, she pondered how different his tenure would be from that of Mick Mulvaney, whom Mr Trump had appointed to castrate the agency in 2017.
Mr. Chopra helped Ms. Warren set up the office and served as the assistant director and student loan ombudsman for five years. Mr. Mulvaney tried to cut his funding and blurred his acronym out of defiance.
“Mick Mulvaney did everything possible to try to undercut the consumer authority and he made no secret of it,” said Ms. Warren. “Now there is someone who works for the C.F.P.B. Who sees the need for a level playing field and fair rules and who has the backbone to get in there and achieve this?”