Neera Tanden

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President-elect Joe Biden in an interview with The New York Times published on Wednesday defended Neera Tanden, his nominee for director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, saying that Republicans opposed to her nomination were just trying "to pick a fight."

When asked by Opinion columnist Thomas Friedman whether "nasty tweets should be disqualifying in this day and age," Biden wasn't fazed by GOP criticism of Tanden's Twitter account, where she has been highly critical of President Donald Trump and Republican legislators over the years. 

"That disqualifies almost every Republican senator and 90 percent of the administration," Biden responded. "But by the way, she's smart as hell. Yeah, I think they're going to pick a couple of people just to fight [over] no matter what."

President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to head the Office and Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, in 2017 repudiated the Michelle Obama catchphrase "when they go low, we go high," tweeting that "going high doesn't f**king work."

Tanden, the chief executive of the Center for American Progress and a prolific Twitter user, has deleted more than 1,000 of her tweets, according to the New York Post, including many that were sharply critical of the same Republican senators she may need to vote for her confirmation. The tweet disavowing the Michelle Obama quote is among the tweets that are no longer on her timeline -- but it was saved on the Internet archive "Wayback Machine."

"One important lesson is that when they go low, going high doesn't f**king work," Tanden said. 

Just when you thought the grey old white men of the Republican Party couldn’t get any more sexist, weak or cowardly, here comes Senator John Cornyn whining about the supposedly “radioactive” woman of color whom President-elect Joe Biden has picked to head the Office of Management and Budget.

Cornyn’s gripe isn’t about Neera Tanden’s qualifications (she is the current president of the Center for American Progress, a former senior health-care policy adviser to Obama-Biden, and she worked for Hillary Clinton’s first presidential campaign), or some policy she supports. No, the man who saw no evil from the vile, foul, lying, insane tweets the President of the United States of America regularly sends is offended about Tanden’s tweets. For example, Tanden repudiated Michelle Obama’s legendary 2016 catchphrase “when they go low, we go high”, tweeting, ”going high doesn't f--king work'. Other examples include Tanden loving the nickname “Moscow Mitch” when it was applied to the Senate majority leader in 2019, calling him a “Voldemort” whom she also accused of “fiddling, while the markets burn.” She’s described Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a key swing vote on Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation, as “the worst” and, in a statement following his confirmation, labeled Collins “the chief advocate for Judge Kavanaugh, offering a pathetically bad faith argument as cover for President Trump’s vicious attacks on survivors of sexual assault.”

Wednesday on FNC’s “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) outright dismissed the possibility of Neera Tanden, Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget, being confirmed to the post.

Cotton argued Tanden should step aside or have Biden withdraw her nomination.

“Well, the problem with Neera Tanden is not so much her tweets. It’s her radical liberal ideas,” he said. “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. There is no chance Neera Tanden is going to be confirmed. She might as well step aside, or Joe Biden might as well withdraw her and go back to the drawing board.”

Cotton also added Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen to the list of problematic Biden nominations, which he said indicated a larger policy problem.

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