Joe Biden’s Nominations Just Keep Getting Worse.
The nomination of Neera Tanden as head of the Office of Management and Budget is a test for the left.
With considerations of people like Representative Cedric Richmond and Rahm Emanuel for top positions, it’s no secret that the Biden administration is already shaping up to be even worse than the left expected before he has even taken office. Frankly, for the sake of my mental health I have refused to give any of these selections the anger they certainly deserve. But it should come as no surprise that few of his picks have been more of a blatant slap in the face than the nomination of Neera Tanden to serve as the head of the Office of Management and Budget.
As award winning journalist and former senior advisor to Bernie Sanders, David Sirota rightfully pointed out, it’s absolutely no coincidence that one of the most aggressive critics of Bernie Sanders is being selected to head the office of Mangement and Budget (with almost no chance of being confirmed by Republicans) at a moment when there’s a possibility that Bernie could become the chair of the budget committee if Democrats take the senate. It is not an accident that they are attempting to force Bernie — as a final act of humiliation after everything that he has swallowed, taken, and brushed aside from the party in order to ensure that Biden gets the Presidency — to dutifully accept and push forward the nomination of a woman who has done more than arguably anyone else among the Democratic establishment to smear his name and intentions.
Even a former employee of Center for American Progress, the neoliberal Think Tank headed by Tanden, was more than willing to admit to Business insider that:
“There are very few people who have been as aggressively critical — I would say sometimes obsessively critical — of the progressive left, and in particular of Bernie Sanders, than Neera,”
Considering that Tanden openly insinuated that she thought Bernie Sanders was Putin’s candidate, “obsessively critical” seems like a bit of an understatement.
As is so often the case, this is about far more than just Bernie Sanders, and the way a certain person in Democratic circles might feel about him and his coalition…