Former Vice President Joe Biden, the media-declared victor of the 2020 presidential election, made his first truly controversial pick over the weekend for a high-level position within his administration.
According to Just The News, Neera Tanden, the CEO of Center for American Progress, a left-wing think tank, was announced as Biden’s selection to head the White House Office of Management and Budget. She was immediately dismissed by a number of Republicans as someone who doesn’t stand a chance at being confirmed in a GOP-controlled Senate.
Just prior to the official announcement from the Biden transition team on Monday, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) made clear that Tanden “stands zero chance of being confirmed.”
While she is known primarily as heading the left-wing think tank, Tanden was also fiercely loyal to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, even joining Clinton’s campaign team during the 2016 presidential election.
Unfortunately for her career prospects, Tanden is also known as a prolific Twitter user, having published thousands of tweets over the years, with many of them being “disparaging comments about the Republican Senators’ whose votes she’ll need,” according to Cornyn.
Tanden was busy over the past month, deleting more than 1,000 tweets since the beginning of November, presumably ones that wouldn’t play well during a U.S. Senate confirmation hearing, according to the New York Post.
It is unclear what prompted her mass tweet deletion, and whether or not it was a personal choice or at the direction of Biden’s team in preparation for what’s to come.
Deleting negative tweets likely isn’t going to make her confirmation prospects any easier.
“It’s pretty crazy to me to think that she can go back and … eliminate all the tweets that she’s sent out over the last, whatever, months, years. And I think it’s really a misstep by the administration,” Cornyn said, adding that he was surprised at her selection.
Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD) agreed with Cornyn’s assessment of Tanden’s prospects, pointing out that she has attacked virtually every senator from which she’ll need a vote whenever the confirmation hearings take place.
“She’s been pretty partisan in some of her previous positions. And in many cases, with respect to Republican senators who would have to vote on her potential nomination,” Thune said, according to the Post.
Tanden’s best — and maybe only — hope of being handed the keys to the OMB is if Republicans lose two Senate seats in the upcoming Georgia runoff election. Should that happen and Democrats win the majority in the Senate, Tanden may have a shot.