When the Democrat establishment decided Joe Biden would be the 2020 Democratic nominee, progressive candidates like Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) meekly stepped aside and dutifully threw their support behind Biden.
Both Warren and Sanders indicated that they are gunning for positions within Biden’s cabinet in exchange for submitting to the establishment — but in a cruel twist of fate, Biden has begun making it clear that there is no room in his leadership team for far-left progressives.
In his first major media appearance since election day, Biden told NBC News’ Lester Holt that he would rather keep already-seated Democrat and Democrat-sympathetic senators in Congress.
“We already have significant representation among progressives in our administration,” Biden explained. “There’s nothing really off the table. But there’s something critical: Taking someone out of the Senate, taking someone out of the House, particularly a person of consequence, is really a difficult decision that would have to be made.”
He continued: “I have a very ambitious, very progressive agenda. And it’s gonna take really strong leaders in the House and Senate to get it done.”
Biden has revealed a number of cabinet picks over the last several days — the vast majority of whom served in the Obama administration. The Biden team took a risk in choosing Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as Biden’s running mate, but the move was highly strategic — progressives leapt on board, praising the choice as “historic,” and likely assumed that Biden would continue adding more hard-left progressives to his team.
It is now apparent that Biden will do nothing of the sort, having already added his token leftist. Now, the Biden team appears focused on building a cabinet of dedicated swamp creatures that were unceremoniously chased out of D.C. by Donald Trump.
Biden is already facing accusations from both the right and the left that he is preparing for a “third Obama term” based on his cabinet picks and policy platform.
Biden fired back that “This is not a third Obama term, because we face a totally different world than we faced in the Obama-Biden administration,” and added that he’s even willing to appoint Republicans to high-level administration positions.
Such a proposition could inflame the far-left like never before, as Sanders warned last week that choosing Republicans or moderate Democrats to lead the Biden administration would be “enormously insulting” to progressives who wish to see their views “expressed” in Biden’s cabinet.