Right now, the Senate is split 50-50 margin, with Democrats in control only due to the tie
breaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris. Joe Biden has nominated a slew of Far Left progressives to key government posts and most of these nominations have sailed through the Senate with little to no Republican opposition – see the completely experience-free Pete Buttigieg’s confirmation 83-16 confirmation vote to be Secretary of Transportation for the prime example.
But at least one Democrat has joined Republicans to draw the line at confirming the vicious Far Left political operative Neera Tanden as Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Tanden’s nomination to lead the OMB is on the brink of collapse after Democrat Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and four key Republicans announced Monday that they will vote against her nomination, citing her past social media behavior.
And, while he has not said he would vote no on her nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, confronted Tanden, over millions of dollars of corporate donations that her think tank received and her history of leveling personal attacks against him on social media.
“There were vicious attacks made against progressives, people who I have worked with, me personally,” Sanders said according to reporting by the New York Times. “Can you reflect a little bit about some of your decisions and some of the personal statements you have made in recent years?”
Ms. Tanden and Mr. Sanders have clashed since the 2016 election, with Mr. Sanders accusing her in 2019 of “maligning my staff and supporters and belittling progressive ideas.” ThinkProgress, an independent editorial branch of Ms. Tanden’s think tank, had criticized Mr. Sanders for the size of his income from writing a book.
Ms. Tanden apologized for hurting anyone’s feelings, reported Alan Rappeport of the New York Times.
Later, Republicans spent an hour grilling her over her vicious Twitter posts and asking why she deleted more than 1,000 tweets shortly after the November election.
Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, read aloud posts in which she called Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the minority leader, “Moscow Mitch” and said that “vampires have more heart than Ted Cruz,” a Republican senator from Texas.
Ms. Tanden apologized to that committee and said she had deleted some of her tweets because she regretted her tone.
Senator Lindsey Graham highlighted Tanden’s vicious attacks on Senator Sanders, dusting off previous criticism that she leveled at the senator from Vermont, including comments suggesting that Russia tried to help the Sanders presidential campaign in 2016.
Senator John Kennedy, Republican of Louisiana, followed up and pressed Ms. Tanden repeatedly to say whether she had actually meant the things that she had tweeted about lawmakers.
“You called Senator Sanders everything but an ignorant slut,” Mr. Kennedy said according to Mr. Rappeport’s reporting.
Ms. Tanden denied the accusation and, after demurring several times about whether her caustic comments were sincere, said, “I must have meant them, but I really regret them.”
Neera Tanden was one of the architects and principal purveyors of the Russian interference hoax about the 2016 election. The only reason Tanden regrets her vicious attacks on those who are on the other side – be they Democrats or Republicans – is that they now stand in the way of her ambition. Like her old Boss Hillary Clinton, she will stop at nothing to get what she wants and no attack on an opponent is too vile or outrageous if it gets her where she wants to go.
Neera Tanden is a vicious Far Left political operative whose stock and trade is vile personal attacks on opponents. Call the toll-free Capitol Switchboard (1-866-220-0044), tell Republican Senators Neera Tanden lacks the character and temperament to hold high government office and for that reason alone they should oppose her nomination to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget – tell your Senators to vote NO when Neera Tanden’s nomination comes before the full Senate.
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