Former Vice President Joe Biden could be on the way to a humiliating setback after a key Democrat senator broke party ranks on one of the administration’s top nominees.
On Friday, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin announced that he would vote against the confirmation of Neera Tanden as Biden’s head of the Office and Management and Budget, a move that puts her nomination in deep trouble.
Tanden has a history of vitriolic partisanship, especially on Twitter where she regularly attacked Republicans and members of her own party who were insufficiently loyal to the cause.
Citing Tanden’s social media posts and public statements, Manchin stated that she would have a “toxic and detrimental impact” at a time when the country is divided and Dems have demonstrated no desire to moderate their rhetoric.
BREAKING: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) announced that he'll vote against Neera Tanden, Biden's nominee to run the Office of Management and Budget.
This imperils Tanden's confirmation, as she will now need at least one Republican vote. https://t.co/Usd4tHiFvu
— Axios (@axios) February 19, 2021
Manchin’s official statement:
“I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden’s public statements and tweets that were personally directed towards my colleagues on both sides of the aisle from Senator Sanders to Senator McConnell and others. 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. For this reason, I cannot support her nomination. As I have said before, we must take meaningful steps to end the political division and dysfunction that pervades our politics. At a time of grave crisis, it is more important than ever that we chart a new bipartisan course that helps address the many serious challenges facing our nation.”
Manchin has become one of the most hated members of Congress by the radical left and is the last moderate Democrat standing after his party has been taken over by vicious ideologues and extremists.
With the Senate currently split 50-50 with Kamala Harris holding the tiebreaking vote, Manchin’s decision to oppose Tanden could doom her nomination unless at least one RINO defects from the GOP minority to support her.
This could be another golden opportunity for Mitt Romney to step in to suck up to the Democrats and grab the media spotlight. There is also Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Ben Sasse who could save the day for Biden.
As for good old Joe from Scranton, he is refusing to withdraw Tanden’s nomination:
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) February 20, 2021
“I think we are going to find the votes and get her confirmed,” Biden told reporters at Joint Base Andrews following a trip to the Pfizer vaccine manufacturing plant in Michigan. The White House also said it would not pull Tanden’s nomination.
“Neera Tanden is an accomplished policy expert who would be an excellent Budget Director and we look forward to the committee votes next week and to continuing to work toward her confirmation through engagement with both parties,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
Democrats and their media mouthpieces will be firing up the smear machine to accuse anyone who would dare to oppose Tanden as sexist. However, unless Manchin changes his mind or one of the RINOs goes rogue, Biden is in for an embarrassing defeat.