Sad News: Neera Tanden Won't Be America's Next Office of Management and Budget Director
This headline is from the Guardian, but the story is straight out of the Onion:
I turned to the cats and said, "yo, whose idea was this embarrassment in the first place?" Everyone was at a loss. Whichever lowly paper jockey was forced to draw up the necessary paperwork/documents to submit this nomination for consideration may have ulcers now. This is in the Harriet Miers ballpark of regrettable and hilarious nomination missteps.
First, let me express my relief that this clown won't be rewarded with a cushy government post (this time). In my opinion, this is a person who has demonstrated poor leadership, poor judgement, and not knowing what the word progressive means. Something that shows all three: some of you may recall that she spent time in the Obama White House, helping to conjure up the Affordable Care Act, the gift to insurance companies that can't stop, won't stop giving. Second, any speck of doubt I had about the Clinton machine's stranglehold on the Democrats has disappeared. (Tangentially, I sometimes forget that Democrats are addicted to losing and are firmly committed to the losing-is-winning strategy. See: Nancy Pelosi tearing up Donald Trump's State of the Union speech but voting for his budgets. Get 'em, tiger! So maybe I've talked myself out of my disbelief after all.) This is the best explanation I have for how Omnishambles Clinton personal friend and Russiagate careerist Neera Tanden was considered for the post. (Also possible: Joe Biden confused her for someone else and no one told him.) (Seriously, was David Brock not returning calls or what?)
In case you also managed to dodge this gong show but wanted some highlights, Wikipedia provided a great little collection of comments about her nomination:
During the confirmation hearing, Tanden apologized for several of her tweets attacking Republican senators, including tweets calling Susan Collins "the worst", comparing Ted Cruz to vampires, and using the nickname "Moscow Mitch" for Mitch McConnell and comparing him to Lord Voldemort. Senator John Cornyn described Tanden as "radioactive" in contrast to other Biden nominees he felt were more acceptable. Senator John Kennedy stated that she "called Senator Sanders everything but an ignorant slut", a reference to a 1970s Saturday Night Live catch phrase. NPR described her as "Biden's most controversial Cabinet pick".
Many members of the 2016 and 2020 Bernie Sanders presidential campaigns, such as Briahna Joy Gray, strongly dislike Tanden and have drawn an explicit distinction between "progressives and Neera Tanden"; Politico described her nomination as "the equivalent of rubbing salt in the wound".
In February 2021, Senator Joe Manchin said he opposed her nomination due to "overtly partisan statements" in the past, putting her approval in doubt due to the 50-50 split in the Senate between both parties. Other senators, including Susan Collins, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, and Pat Toomey said they will also vote against Tanden's nomination. Collins cited Tanden's deletion of over 1,000 of her tweets after the announcement of her nomination for a reason why she is not voting to confirm her which, according to Collins, "raises concerns about her commitment to transparency".
Shout out to John Cornyn - "radioactive" has now been added to my insults repertoire.
I guess when you spend a lot of time in Clintonland, where up is down, black is white, Omnishambles Clinton is POTUS, Russia and Bernie Sanders ruined everything, something something resistance, it must be quite shocking to be so roundly rejected. The sycophantic bubble is cozy and soundproof, and dissociating from reality works in some situations. I don't have enough brain cells that could even team up and fathom out the gall needed to trash so many people, then delete a large cache of insult-laden tweets, THEN STILL SHOW UP for the nomination, even setting aside the tepid performing regret when career advancement is on the line. All of which is to say, I actually, really, truly believe that she thought she was going to be approved.
Anyway y'all, in the interest of the process, no doubt, Neera Tanden is withdrawing her nomination from consideration (but I do wonder who wrote the letter to Joe Biden.) Thus, one more star is extinguished, another bright light dimmed.
P.S. Judd Legum, the founder of ThinkProgress, a casualty of Neera Tanden's leadership slash destruction over at the Centre for American Progress, started a new venture called Popular Information. I recommend it. A recent feature covers Mitch McConnell coming for whatever is left of the Voting Rights Act.