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    • #405294
      Ohio Barbarian
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      (Politico) The Biden White House is signaling publicly and privately that it is not prepared to abandon Neera Tanden’s nomination to head the Office of Management and Budget.

      But almost immediately after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced on Friday that he would vote against her confirmation — deeply imperiling her bid — behind-the-scenes jockeying began for those seeking to be the fallback option.

      Two early contenders to replace Tanden are Gene Sperling, a two-time director of the National Economic Council, and Ann O’Leary, who just came off a stint serving as California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s chief of staff, and who was considered a leading alternative to Tanden back in November when Tanden’s nomination was announced, according to people familiar with the matter.

      Tanden’s selection to run the OMB was always viewed as a risky one for Biden, given her bare-knuckled approach to dealing with Republicans and particularly inflammatory Twitter account. But after Democrats took control of the Senate, Biden allies believed the president would get her confirmed.

      Full story here.

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    • #405295
      Satan
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      Rahm Emanuel?? Debbie Scatterbrained Lush?? Queen Hillary of the Weathervanes Herself??

      "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable". - John F. Kennedy

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      Pam2
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      Tanden’s selection to run the OMB was always viewed as a risky one for Biden, given her bare-knuckled approach to dealing with Republicans and particularly inflammatory Twitter account.

      Not to mention her total lack of qualifications.

       

      • #405383
        Nick Xylas
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        Funny, I thought she only attacked progressives.

        “The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.” -Julius Nyerere

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      GloriaMundi
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      Sometimes I wonder… Bernie has always been good at reaching across the aisle to achieve a goal. It seems fair to view Manchin as someone “across the aisle” from Bernie, since Manchin is more conservative than many Republicans and Bernie is, of course, very progressive. But Bernie being an outsider, i.e. “not even a Democrat”, must tread carefully, and although it did upset me, I can see why he would vote to confirm her. OTOH, if he could work with a colleague who hated her, to achieve the mutual goal of keeping her out of Biden’s administration, then he is off the hook. I’m sure there’s no love lost for Tanden from Manchin, because she’s just so, so mean to Republicans. He doesn’t give a hoot that she was mean to Bernie. But in this case, their interests overlap. Well it’s a nice fantasy anyway! 🙂

      • #405593
        Ohio Barbarian
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        It’s not like his Senate seat can be threatened by the Democrats. I think this is just an excuse for him bowing down to power in the Democratic Party. All Bernie’s careful treading has done is to enable Fascists like Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

        • #405698
          GloriaMundi
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          …but what he can do with that seat can be very effectively stifled by the Democrats. And despite claims from some sides that Bernie has been ineffective as a Senator, we all know that is a fiction. I would like him to continue pressing his people-centered agenda. I know I’ll be unhappy with him on this or that going forward, as I’ve been occasionally in the past. But I won’t hold him to some unattainable fiction of absolute leftist perfection. Not saying he is above criticism though, I just think some of it is a bit unfair.

          And anyway, I am glad Manchin will vote against Tanden.

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