CNBC's Winners & Losers of 2010 Poll
The Fed Chairman has successfully advanced his agenda, while gaining clear control of the central bank. Bernanke has become a combination of the Shell Answer Man and the U.S. Cavalry for those frustrated and spooked by the performance of the economy. Whether it is suffering fools on Capitol Hill or delivering QE II, Bernanke has been there when needed. But in going where no Fed boss has gone before, he is ripe for second-guessing and potential defeat. He could wind up the big loser.
John Boehner: No Means Yes
Republican Majority Leader
Boehner and company trounced the Democrats in the midterm, largely by saying, “No” for two years. That is an impressive win, especially for a guy who still smokes cigarettes in public and who couldn’t deliver his home state (Ohio) in the 2008 presidential election.
Boehner is something of the Mickey Rourke character in “Diner”, a rough-edged leader surrounded by quasi geeks, who are smarter than him, but not terribly charismatic. (One or two of them, however, may challenge him for the leadership down the road.)
Why could Boehner be a loser? Leading a large Republican majority in the House with a Democrat president soon in re-election mode may be more a case of death hug than gridlock. The coming 112th Congress could be a lost one.