After Democrat Joe Manchin announced that he would not support Joe Biden’s hyper-partisan nominee to head OMB because of her impolitic insults to Republican Senators, it was widely assumed that her nomination was dead, and that President Biden would pull it. I suggested that Tanden would withdraw and save him the trouble, but nah, that would be dignified and ethical. Biden, meanwhile, dug in regarding a nomination that was hypocritical for a leader who had pledged not to be divisive, though to be fair, Joe might not be sending his own tweets. “I think we’re going to find the votes to get her confirmed,” Biden told reporters, which would have to mean that either Manchin was going to wake up with a horse’s head in his bed or that some Republican would vote for a woman who routinely called that Senator’s colleagues “monsters” and worse.
I immediately thought of Susan Collins, the whiniest, most mealy-mouthed, weak-tea Senator in either party. She has six more years in the Senate after her upset win in November: maybe the Democrats are working her over. Politico, though, suggests that the White House knows Tanden is a dead POC walking, but “Democrats believe it’s critical the Biden administration does not quickly relent on Tanden after Manchin’s opposition, if only to demonstrate they will not cower immediately to any opposition, including from within the party.” Yeah, that’s good thinking: make an unethical and careless nomination and refuse to admit that it was a mistake when it’s obvious to everyone. Good plan!
In the meantime, the interim plan is apparently to do what progressives and Democrats always default to: accusing anyone who criticizes them of sexism and racism. “I think #manchin has issues with strong, smart, independent, say what they want to women of color. Last month @VP didn’t pay him the proper homage. This month @neeratanden’s tweets are too much. Seeing a pattern?” said journalist Sophia Nelson.
Psst! Sophia! “Smart” people don’t “say what they want” on Twitter if they want to be confirmed by a two-party Senate and what they want is to insult everyone in one of those parties. More, from The Blaze:
“Manchin’s constituents are unaware of Neera’s tweets or that she exists. He’s making her famous in WV so they will know he is putting a woman of color in her place…He is using sexism and racism as a weapon” tweeted Cheri Jacobus, a NeverTrump activist. “Let’s call a spade a spade: The senator has decided to hold an immensely qualified woman of color to an unfair double standard,” said another critic. (What “double standard?” And how is a woman who is an extreme partisan qualified to head a non-partisan agency?)“This is straight-up misogyny. Is @Sen_JoeManchin aware that this is the 21st century?” said author Greg Olear.
Does their party’s reflex reaction to any criticism embarrass intelligent Democrats? It should.
More ethics rot on display in the Politico story:
“But with no Republicans signaling they would support Tanden, activists and allies are already scrambling for the potential opening. [Gene] Sperling… has boosters through the party owing to his service in the Clinton and Obama administrations and the relationships he’s built both with Biden’s top economic advisers and within progressive intellectual circles. Biden’s orbit believes he would be easily confirmed if nominated. But there are concerns about Sperling’s potential ascension because of the President’s stated commitment to build a diverse cabinet. Tanden is an Indian American woman, one of only two women of Asian descent nominated for the cabinet other than Vice President Kamala Harris. “It’s difficult for them not to put a woman in the job because of the commitments the president made to having a balanced cabinet,” said one former Obama official.
Got that? Sperling may not be nominated because he’s white. And checking off EEOC boxes is a higher priority to the Biden administration that appointing the best qualified candidates.
Still not embarrassed yet, Democrats Of Integrity (DOIs)?
Why the hell not?