Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) cited concerns about the “partisan tweets” of Biden OMB candidate Neera Tanden as a reason for opposing her nomination.
Senator Manchin said in a statement to PoliticusUSA: "I have carefully examined Neera Tanden's public statements and tweets, which were personally addressed to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, from Senator Sanders to Senator McConnell and others. I believe their openly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the vital working relationship between members of Congress and the next director of the Office of Administration and Budget. For this reason I cannot support your nomination. As I said earlier, we must take meaningful steps to end the political division and dysfunction that is permeating our policies. At a time of severe crisis, it is more important than ever to embark on a new bipartisan course that will help meet the many serious challenges our nation faces. "
One has to wonder if Manchin would still be against Tanden's nomination based on her tweets if she were a man.
The nation was terrorized for just four years by Donald Trump, who turned tweets into a former propaganda booth that bordered on domestic terrorism.
If Manchin has no political reasons to oppose Tanden, he must support her nomination. Bringing up a false excuse based on tweets in a post-Trump political world smells like sexism.
Sen. Manchin's testimony will earn him points in West Virginia, but in a post-Trump political landscape it feels wrong and misogynistic to sink your nomination based on tweets.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association