President Joe Biden knew that picking Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget was a controversial move. Tanden has a track record of insulting both conservatives and progressives, and the fact that she deleted a whopping number of controversial tweets doesn’t change her working relationship with the people she has insulted over the years. That isn’t stopping insane left-wing activists from claiming any opposition to her nomination is “sexist.”
Tanden’s policy positions run contrary to what many senators would endorse. However, none of that matters to those who are intent on putting skin color and ethnicity above all other concerns.
“On Wednesday, two hearings to vote on Tanden’s confirmation were postponed, and the White House is reportedly assessing other candidates for the role,” CNN’s Jill Filipovic wrote. “None of that bodes well for Tanden’s nomination — or for any women who also have strong opinions, don’t always meet feminine expectations, and didn’t spend their whole lives being small and cautious in preparation for a Senate confirmation hearing.”
It’s true that Tanden isn’t the only nominee to come before the Senate after trolling people on Twitter. Richard Grenell insulted female journalists and world leaders alike on his social media account and still got confirmed due to the fact that Republicans held a decisive majority in the Senate. However, the fact remains that Tanden’s opponents have many good reasons to tank her confirmation.
Even Senator Joe Manchin, a fellow Democrat, has come out against her, pointing out that Tanden’s nasty tweets about lawmakers would make it hard for her to work with the same lawmakers as the head of the Office of Management and Budget.
RootsAction, a progressive advocacy group, is campaigning against Tanden’s nomination on the grounds that she is too cozy with corporate elites. Furthermore, it’s been reported by the New York Times that Tanden punched a reporter who asked about then-Senator Hillary Clinton’s vote in favor of the Iraq War.
It’s still not clear why the Biden Administration considered Tanden at all at this point. Even with Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote in the gridlocked 50-50 Senate, there is almost no chance she gets through the confirmation process. Even Republican Senator Mitt Romney, who has voted to confirm all of President Joe Biden’s cabinet nominees so far, has said he would reject Tanden.
But the real takeaway here is that the very same voices that condemned former President Donald Trump and his cabinet members for being uncivil are now downplaying Ms. Tanden’s nasty comments as “sometimes tough tweeting.” It just demonstrates that they never really cared about “civility” at all — they just want to win.