I’ve been targeted on Twitter by Neera Tanden. I found it odd at the time. I still do.
Why would an alleged “policy wonk” troll a journalist and opinion maker on a social media platform?
The short answer; Tanden is not a “policy wonk” nor was she ever a policy work. Instead she was and is a political hack. I don’t like those words, but I’m not sure how else to describe her behavior. To be clear, I wasn’t the only one she went after on social media. This was a regular occurrence for her and one that did not go unnoticed by top people in Washington, D.C. on both sides of the aisle.
I’d actually forgotten about the twitter ordeal until Tanden’s recent apology which she offered up to Congress in an effort to help score herself a position in the Biden administration.
But, Congress isn’t buying it. And, I’m not either.
Fortunately, for the nation, Neera Tandem will most likely not become the head of the Office of Management and Budget.
Nonetheless, what does it tell us about the Biden Administration that they were ever willing to consider such a partisan individual for such a critical position to begin with?
As Politico writes, “Just about everyone could see that Neera Tanden’s nomination to head the nomination of the Office of Management and the Budget was beleaguered from the beginning. Everyone–that is, except the White House.”
Senator Joe Manchin to Vote Against Tanden
Senator Joe Manchin is proving that being a politician sometimes means standing up for values — and this is a time when America needs some values.
He’s being accused of being sexist by some of the left for failing to support Ms. Tandem. Nonetheless, he’s undeterred. He has denied that sexism has played any role and stands by his earlier statement in which he said,
“I have carefully reviewed Neera Tandem’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 overly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important working relationship between Congress and the next director of the Office of Management and Budget. For this reason,” Manchin wrote, “I cannot support her nomination.”
Tanden has tried to soften her past both through her apology and by deleting her many tweets fired off at individuals, including those aimed at myself.
But, no one is buying it. Not Republicans like Senator Susan Collins (R-MA) nor even Senator Mitt Romney (R-NV), two people that she might have hoped to court. Nor, or course, Joe Manchin.
Sometimes, in politics, people forgive. But, in Tandem’s case, it seems her extraordinarily partisan behavior has even her own party unwilling to appoint her. That’s a good thing.
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