President Biden’s nomination of Neera Tanden has not been going smoothly for the administration.
Scandal first hit the moment he named the former liberal think-tank president. She had been in physical fights with the Sanders camp in the 2016 campaign, she had some questionable tweets, and many, even in the Democrat party, thought she was too radical to be confirmed.
And that fear may be coming to fruition, it seems.
Last week, Democrat Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia told the media he would oppose her nomination, mostly because of her partisan tweets.
Bernie Sanders absolutely grilled her on the Senate floor.
In his opening statement, he implied he may not vote to confirm either, saying “Now, Ms. Tanden, at a time when the wealthy and large corporations have extraordinary influence over the economic and political life of this country, I must tell you that I am concerned about the corporate donations the Center for American Progress has received under your leadership. Before I vote to confirm your nomination, it is important for this committee to know that those donations will not influence your decision making at O.M.B.”
Now, it seems that Susan Collins joining the anti-Tanden fray.
In a statement, she said “Ms. Tanden’s decision to delete more than a thousand tweets in the days before her nomination was announced raises concerns about her commitment to transparency. Should Congress need to review documents or actions taken by OMB, we must have confidence that the Director will be forthcoming.”
Tanden has apologized for her previously polarizing messaging, saying “I deeply regret and apologize for my language — some of my past language. I recognize that this role is a bipartisan role, and I know I have to earn the trust of senators across the board. I will work very aggressively to meet that concern.”
As we know, the constantly outraged crowd doesn’t take an apology too seriously.
It’s an uphill battle for Neera.