Many times in politics, one might make a decision or take a stance when it’s politically popular, oftentimes without the forethought to wonder if that stance or decision could come back to haunt one at a later time.
According to the Daily Caller, that’s precisely the situation that Neera Tanden, a former White House aide under Bill Clinton and president of the Center for American Progress, is facing as she fights to stay alive as President Joe Biden’s nominee to head up the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Given her unbelievable number of critical tweets and other social media posts aimed at Republicans in the past, the odds of many Senate Republicans getting on board with her confirmation were already lower than the Biden administration would have liked.
Adding to that, Tanden has been reminded of a pledge she made during Trump’s years in office when she was “proud to fight” to block Trump’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General and that CAP, the organization she runs, was prepared to fight hard to block Trump’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education.
Making matters even worse for Tanden and Biden is the fact that recently, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) — a vote that Biden was certainly counting on — publicly announced that he couldn’t get behind Tanden’s confirmation, citing her controversial online past.
“I believe her overtly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important working relationship between members of Congress and the next director of the Office of Management and Budget,” Manchin said recently.
Given the 50-50 split in the Senate at the moment, Biden needs every Democrat to vote on a party line for his nominees, considering how Republicans are likely to use what remaining power they retain to block nominees.
Though Tanden has apologized — to some degree — for the comments she’s made about Republicans in the past, it might not matter, considering Manchin’s dissent.