Some former administration officials say, in retrospect, that the White House got the strategy wrong. While the noise from Capitol Hill died down for a while - and Senate leadership privately told the White House it would do all it could to get Summers through - key voices in the opposition grew louder.
In the past week, Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, on the Senate banking committee, which would have had to endorse Summers, announced that they would vote against him. Another committee Democrat, Sen. Jeff Merkely, Ore., had said long ago he would oppose Summers, and it was widely assumed that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., would have joined them as well.