Joe Biden’s rocky first months of his Presidency suffered another stumble.
This was an embarrassment of Biden’s own making.
And now Joe Biden was forced to admit the one defeat that left Democrats not knowing what hit them.
On Tuesday night, the Biden administration pulled the nomination of Neera Tanden to serve as the Director for the Office of Management and Budget.
West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin publicly announced he would not support Tanden, and Biden yanking the nomination meant at least one Democrat out of Kyrsten Sinema and Bernie Sanders, or Republican Lisa Murkowki – who had not said if she opposed Tanden – likely opposed her as well.
Tanden wrote a letter to Biden withdrawing her candidacy that read:
I am writing to you to withdraw my nomination for Director of the Office of Management and Budget. It has been an honor of a lifetime to be considered for this role and for the faith placed in me. I appreciate how hard you and your team at the White House has worked to win my confirmation. Unfortunately, it now seems clear that there is no path forward to gain confirmation, and I do not want continued consideration of my nomination to be a distraction from your other priorities.I am incredibly grateful for your leadership on behalf of the American people and for your agenda that will make such a transformative difference in people’s lives.
Many Democrats could not believe Biden floated Tanden’s nomination without having first shored up support among Democrats in the Senate as to whether or not she could be confirmed.
It was a stunning display of political incompetence that has been par for the course over the first six weeks of the Biden Presidency.
With Democrats holding the majority in the Senate, confirming Biden’s cabinet nominees should be an easy lift.
Instead, Biden has fewer nominees confirmed by this point than any President in modern history.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.