As Democrat Joe Biden continues forward with his assumption that he will be the next president, some of his prospective picks to fill key administration roles are already raising eyebrows across the political spectrum.
In particular, his choice to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is drawing harsh criticism from the right — and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) has been clear in his declaration that Neera Tanden has “no chance” of being confirmed to the position and frankly, should be withdrawn from consideration.
1,000 old tweets vanish
The GOP lawmaker made his remarks this week in urging Biden to withdraw the progressive activist from consideration and select someone else.
Tanden, a one-time aide for Hillary Clinton, currently serves as the chief executive of the left-leaning Center for American Progress.
Her track record as a political operative includes launching a series of sharp personal attacks against partisan opponents — including some of the Senate Republicans whose votes she will likely soon be courting during confirmation hearings.
Further adding to the speculation surrounding Biden’s selection of Tanden to lead the OMB are reports that she deleted more than 1,000 old tweets around the same time that the news broke.
In an appearance on the Fox News Channel on Wednesday morning, Cotton made it clear that the nominee would find little support in the chamber from his side of the aisle. “Neera Tanden has no chance of being confirmed. This is a woman who wants Congress to hold up coronavirus relief for the American people so we can give checks to illegal immigrants.”
“A low-growth, stagnant economy”
The lawmaker reiterated his belief that there is “no chance” she would be confirmed if Biden is inaugurated and makes the nomination as expected, declaring that she “might as well step aside, or Joe Biden might as well withdraw her and go back to the drawing board.”
As for Biden’s other announced picks, Cotton expressed dismay over the choice of former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen being slated to serve as secretary of the Treasury Department.
“Janet Yellen, again, helped preside over a low-growth, stagnant economy that didn’t create the kind of jobs and wages that working-class Americans need,” he said, calling it “another example” of Biden relying on Obama administration policies of “more taxes and more regulations.”
Instead of “a government that works with and stands beside the American people,” Cotton asserted that a Biden administration would attempt to “ride the back of the American people with one-size-fits-all policies coming from Washington.”
As the Associated Press reported, some of Cotton’s colleagues were similarly outspoken in response to Biden’s selection of Tanden as OMB director. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), for example, said that her “combative and insulting comments” toward Republicans created a “problematic path” for her confirmation, dismissing her as “radioactive” and Biden’s “worst nominee so far.”