Bette Midler Slams Larry Summers On Twitter, Settles Fed Chair Debate


President Barack Obama said Friday that his choice for the next Federal Reserve Chairman—widely presumed to be narrowed down to Lawrence “Larry to his extremely powerful friends” Summers and Janet Yellen—is one of the most important of his presidency.

And at least one non-econ wonk is taking it seriously. Bette Midler weighed in on the decision very early Monday morning (or late Sunday night, depending on when your Breaking Bad viewing party ended), denouncing candidate Summers’s role in the 2007-8 financial collapse:

Some have already tweeted the obvious snarky reply that Midler’s opinion certainly settles the matter. But given that the primary objection to Janet Yellen’s appointment is “SHE’S A WOMAN!!!@!@!!1@!,” Midler’s POV is not unwelcome.

This also represents a significant expansion of Midler’s political activism, which was previously more environmentally-based:

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