[BREAKING] Manchin Says He’ll Block Neera Tanden’s OMB Nomination
It’s anyone’s guess as to why Senator Joe Manchin calls himself a Democrat when he almost never votes along with the party’s basic principles. With his state leaning mostly red, Manchin has to walk a fine line of pleasing his constituents and voting to pass just enough bills to stay in the party. But with his latest move, Democrats may want to coax Al Franken out of retirement and ask him to relocate to West Virginia to take over Manchin’s seat.
Manchin announced on Friday that he would not vote to confirm Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden’s nominee to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), based on some comments she made on her personal Twitter account. Manchin said Tanden’s “overtly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important working relationship between members of Congress” and the next director of the OMB. Tanden had tweeted criticisms of Republicans like Mitch McConnell as well as Independent Senator Bernie Sanders.
Manchin’s decision received plenty of criticism, as it puts Tanden’s future in the Biden Administration at risk. Even with Vice President Kamala Harris voting, the Democrats wouldn’t get the majority they would need for confirmation. Unless a Republican Senator comes forward to support Tanden, it’s unlikely she would be confirmed for the job.
For the record, Joe Manchin voted to confirm first Jeff Sessions for AG and then Bill Barr for AG. Whatever you think of Tanden, she’s nowhere near to being in their league. https://t.co/unMfKOcLar
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) February 19, 2021
“As I have said before, we must take meaningful steps to end the political division and dysfunction that pervades our politics. At a time of grave crisis, it is more important than ever that we chart a new bipartisan course that helps address the many serious challenges facing our nation,” Manchin said.
Twitter users were caught off guard by the decision, even with Manchin’s terrible track record, but were quick to point out the Republican-like hypocrisy of his statement.
It's entirely ridiculous that Manchin would oppose Neera Tanden's nomination for this stated reason when he had no problem with the outright venomous partisanship of nominees like Jeff Sessions and Ric Grenell.
This is holding a woman of color to a much higher standard. Period. https://t.co/oQNnNN3ipv
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) February 19, 2021
Manchin voted to confirm Ric Grenell as ambassador to Germany.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) February 19, 2021
However, some are remaining hopeful that impeachment signaled that perhaps some Republicans are willing to cross the aisle for the greater good.
Who in the Republican Party will take a stand against cancel culture and confirm Neera Tanden?
— Bill Scher (@billscher) February 19, 2021