Joe Biden’s pick to head the Office of Management and Budget has withdrawn her name in the face of stiff opposition. In all the coverage that I have been reading about her nomination in the mainstream media, attention has focused entirely on her supposedly ‘toxic’ tweets. For Republicans to be upset over mean tweets is of course rich, given that their hero Donald Trump was an utterly vicious tweeter.
But what is noticeable is that nowhere in the coverage did I see any mention of what should have been the real obstacle to her nomination, which is her awful record as head of the Center of American Progress and that silence says a lot about the corrupt bipartisan politics in the US.
Tanden will likely end up in some other Biden administration post because she is a strong Democratic partisan and prolific fundraiser even from unsavory sources and money talks.
According to this article
she went down due to anti-Asian prejudice and stereotypes. Pick your cause, I guess.
I’d heard complaints about her from the left, though, so maybe it’s just that anyone who wants to be confirmed needs to have at least one of their flanks covered.
consciousness razor says
Unfortunately, we just can’t afford it with our current budget. We need to tighten our belts…. Too many in the military-industrial complex just want handouts these days, without even bothering to steal from some other country like good old-fashioned hard-working imperialists. But stealing from this country? Sorry, it was a great idea — one of the best — but that well has run dry.
What I find curious is why there isn’t more mention about the fact that one Tanden’s ‘mean’ tweets was about the role of Manchin’s daughter in the predatory epipen price increase. I assume Manchin prefers to be seen as sexist and racist rather than bring more attention to that episode but I don’t understand why reporters don’t mention it (not that the sexist and racist issue should not be raised).