The far-left and Republicans have something in common: opposition to Neera Tanden, Joe Biden’s reported pick to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
A spokesperson for Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) stated Tanden has “zero chance” of being confirmed for the post.
Drew Brandewie, Cornyn’s communications director, pointed out there are several negative remarks Tanden has made toward Republican lawmakers in the past, and noted she would need their votes for confirmation.
“Neera Tanden, who has an endless stream of disparaging comments about the Republican Senators’ whose votes she’ll need, stands zero chance of being confirmed,” Brandewie tweeted.
Neera Tanden, who has an endless stream of disparaging comments about the Republican Senators’ whose votes she’ll need, stands zero chance of being confirmed. https://t.co/f6Ewi6OMQR
— Drew Brandewie (@DBrandewie) November 30, 2020
Tanden would need 51 votes in the Senate to be confirmed.
Democrats currently hold 48 seats while two runoffs for Georgia Senate seats are being held in January.
Tanden served as president of the liberal think tank, Center for American Progress, and has been a top ally and attack dog for Hillary Clinton over the years.
Neera Tanden’s Incendiary Comments May Threaten Her Confirmation
Tanden has previously referred to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as having “broken our democracy” while stating she loves when he is referred to as “Moscow Mitch.”
Spoken like someone who never wants to be confirmed by a Republican controlled senate. https://t.co/6s2c5YhLGI
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) November 30, 2020
She has suggested “facts are hard” for Trump supporters, whom she refers to as “Trumpers.”
Tanden blasted Republican lawmakers for passing tax cut legislation, saying it would only benefit the wealthy.
“Shame on them,” she said.
Watching @neeratanden delete all her negative tweets about Republican Senators is hilarious. Her nomination is already a funeral.
— Garrett Ventry (@GarrettVentry) November 30, 2020
Tanden also, quite recently, went after Senate Republicans specifically for allowing the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett to proceed.
“This rushed and illegitimate process is an insult to the American people and fundamentally changes the nature of the Supreme Court from one of fairness and justice to an arm of the Republican political agenda,” she said in a statement.
Tanden, though, doesn’t just have an issue with Republicans. Progressives aren’t all that thrilled about her selection either.
Progressives Blast Tanden
Nomiki Konst, a former surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, called Tanden out as an enemy of the left.
Neera Tanden not only incited serious threats to many on the left w/a megaphone but she straight up pitched false hit/smear pieces on them, got them published & then had her organized Reddit/twittee/MSNBC army amplify to attempt to cancel those voices. History won’t reflect well
— Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) November 30, 2020
Tanden has been accused of physically assaulting Faiz Shakir, former Bernie Sanders campaign manager, when he worked for ThinkProgress, a fact which doesn’t sit well with many supporters of the Vermont socialist.
One witness claimed she punched Shakir, though Tanden disputed that and said, “I didn’t slug him, I pushed him.”
Other accusations and statements of disdain for Ms. Tanden circulated on social media following reports that she would be chosen to head the OMB.
please don’t let neera tanden’s antagonistic twitter presence detract from her real life accomplishments, such as firing everyone at thinkprogress because they formed a union and outing a sexual harassment victim to her entire staff
— kathbarbadoro (@kathbarbadoro) November 30, 2020
In 2008, Neera Tanden physically assaulted her staffer, Faiz Shakir, after he asked Hillary Clinton a critical question about the Iraq war.
Biden has already broken his pledge not to embrace brutal tyrants. https://t.co/iFdDxGerGE
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) November 30, 2020
Everything toxic about the corporate Democratic Party is embodied in Neera Tanden. https://t.co/kWHcUK2VZ5
— BJG (@briebriejoy) November 30, 2020
Biden’s Curious Selections Continue
Biden’s choice of Tanden, a polarizing figure for Republicans and progressives alike, is rather curious considering his pledge to unite all Americans.
“It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, and listen to each other again,” he tweeted.
“To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy,” Biden continued. “We are not enemies. We are Americans.”
Odd then that he would choose someone accused of assaulting a Bernie Bro and who spends time attacking the very Republican lawmakers she’ll need for confirmation.
Tanden also promoted a conspiracy theory that – get this – Russia hacked the 2016 election and changed votes on voting machines… for Donald Trump!
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) November 30, 2020
But then, Biden’s various selections for key posts in his cabinet or administration have been consistently odd.
His choice for National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, has suggested America should be involved in the “rise” of China.
Biden tapped John Kerry to be his special presidential envoy for climate.
Kerry, as Secretary of State, claimed peace in the Middle East would be impossible, something President Trump has proven false, and tried to console France after an attack by ISIS terrorists with a live performance by musician James Taylor.
Biden also recently named Richard Stengel to his transition team for Global Media, a man who once argued in an op-ed that the First Amendment needed redefining, that “hate speech” should be a crime, and that he was a big fan of government propaganda.
How can Biden possibly unite the entire country, left and right, when selections like Tanden can’t even unite his own party?
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