While supporters of President Donald Trump are rightfully agitated by Joe Biden’s pretending that he’s president-elect by continuing to select people he plans to nominate for his Cabinet, Republicans have generally been silent about most of those picks.
On Tuesday, reaction was swift to the Biden transition team’s announcement that he had selected whack job Neera Tanden, CEO of the extremely left-wing think tank the Center for American Progress to become director of the Office of Management and Budget.
“I think, in light of her combative and insulting comments about many members of the Senate, mainly on our side of the aisle, that it creates certainly a problematic path,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), said, calling her Biden’s “worst nominee so far.”
So – what’s bad about Tanden, other than she’s an uber leftist hack who makes extremists look moderate?
Just that. Oh, and she’s a Hillary sycophant, as well.
According to The New York Times, Neera Tanden, former Vice President Joe Biden’s choice to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), allegedly “punched” a reporter in the chest during the 2008 campaign when the reporter asked Hillary Clinton about her support for the Iraq war. Asked about the claim, Tanden said, “I didn’t slug him, I pushed him.”
What is it about leftists and physically assaulting people they don’t agree with?
Anyway, The New York Times adds context:
In 2008, Neera Tanden, then a top aide on Hillary Clinton’s first presidential campaign, accompanied Mrs. Clinton to what was expected to be an easy interview at the Center for American Progress, the influential group founded by top Clinton aides. But Faiz Shakir, the chief editor of the think tank’s ThinkProgress website, asked Mrs. Clinton a question about the Iraq war, an issue dogging her candidacy because she had supported it.
Ms. Tanden responded by circling back to Mr. Shakir after the interview and, according to a person in the room, punching him in the chest.
“I didn’t slug him, I pushed him,” a still angry Ms. Tanden corrected in a recent interview.
Got that? A then-Democratic presidential contender is not to be asked about her support for a disastrous foreign policy decision that led to one of our country’s longest slow-bleed wars.
But there’s more. According to the left-wing Daily Beast and other outlets, Tanden – anticipating her selection as Biden’s budget director – went to work deleting more than 1,000 of her nastiest tweets while changing the description of her political ideology from “progressive” to “liberal.”
Just like a Democrat: Hide who you really are.
“Tanden deleted some, but not all, tweets from her account lambasting prominent lawmakers like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sens. Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Susan Collins (R-ME), and praising their Democratic challengers. It’s unclear when exactly Tanden deleted them, but many of the tweets were available at least until the fall, according to the Internet Archive,” the Beast reported.
The pick confused a number of political observers for its sort of ‘in-your-face-ism.’
“Why Neera Tanden? She’s totally unqualified for this position. Like, she’s not an economist; she went to law school; she worked for Hillary Clinton, and then all she’s done at this think tank for the last ten years is raise millions of dollars from Silicon Valley, Wall Street, despots in the Gulf States, which is the real base in the Democratic party so they want here to oversee the regulatory and budgetary and economic policy of the administration on behalf of their real constituencies, which is all those people from whom she’s been raising millions of dollars,” investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.
“That just makes her an ordinary Democrat. She’s just a swamp creature in that regard. She’s a deranged and dangerous person. I don’t mean politically, I mean behaviorally.”