Fighting Back

Joe Biden
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There’s some hopeful signs that Joe Biden is not going to fall into the same trap as The Kenyan Usurper and believe that the Republicans are willing to negotiate in good faith. As should be obvious to everyone, Republican senators are not good faith actors for the Biden nominees.

As it is essentially gossip with unnamed sources, Tiger Beat on the Potomac is all over how President-elect Handsome Joe Biden might get some traction on his priorities even against an obstinate #MoscowMitch!

Concerned about Republicans slow-walking confirmation hearings for Cabinet appointees and hollowed-out federal agencies, Biden and his aides are eager to place mid- to lower-level officials across the federal government, particularly in national security roles, to ensure his administration can begin to enact his agenda immediately, according to three people familiar with the situation.

By quickly selecting candidates for slots that don’t require Senate confirmation, such as deputy assistant secretaries, the transition team also can try to ensure that many of those hired can obtain security clearances by the time Biden takes office.

The shift in focus to filling positions that do not require confirmation reflects the urgency with which the Biden team sees its staffing conundrum — especially in the realm of national security, where there’s little room for error. It also signals Biden’s anxiousness to replace Trump appointees and fill long-empty positions as soon as possible so he can enact his agenda.

That’s the kind of thing that I hope is true. Certainly Prznint Stupid pioneered the unconfirmed department head gambit and Republicans did nothing about it. But as we all know, IOKIYAR.

NYTimes:

Biden: ‘We’re Going to Fight Like Hell by Investing in America First’

“Biden’s top priority, he said, is getting a generous stimulus package through Congress, even before he takes office. … But the big question is whether he can get it past McConnell today or tomorrow if the Republicans continue to hold the Senate. A significant number of Republican senators could decide that they want to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden, after four years of uncontrolled spending under Trump that has brought the national debt to record highs.

What do you think, NYTimes. Also: our failed political press loves, Loves, LOVES the conventional wisdom from Very Important People stroking their beards and talking about austerity, so the born-again deficit hawks will have a boost from, well, the NYTimes for one. Do continue.

“Biden was careful about how he talked about McConnell, who has been careful not to call Biden ‘president-elect.’ Biden obviously wants to keep the prospects of cooperation open — but also make clear that he may have more leverage with the American people than the G.O.P. realizes if Senate Republicans opt for full-on obstruction.

And you know that the Republicans will. They are not interested in governance of Wee the Peeple, they are interested in enriching themselves and their benefactors at our cost, and they will head right to the social safety net to do it. There is no principle with Republicans, just lust for raw power fueled by raw greed

 

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10 Responses to Fighting Back

  1. osirisopto says:

    Could they impeach Moscow Mitch?

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  2. DoremusJessup says:

    The team should “let it slip, off the record” that AOC is on the short-list for AG. Just to see if any heads explode.

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  3. Krugthulhu is encouraged by Biden’s picks of (in his words) a bevy of deficit doves for his economic team.

    We shall see. Apparently Neera Tanden (OMB) has committed the unforgivable faux pas of [checks notes] being mean on twitter and being ‘partisan’.

    Unlike [checks notes] Mick Mulvaney, who was always the purest, non-partisan image of civility…

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  4. donnah says:

    Let’s not forget: Biden’s been here before. He knows everybody and they know him. Hopefully they will remember how things were, back when both sides could actually work together. We may never see that happen again, but if anyone can do it, Joe can.

    That being said, I believe he’s going to be tough, and he’ll also have Democrats, young and old, who will push for a more Democratic government. McConnell won’t cave, but pressure will be on him to work with everyone. I gotta hope that thongs get better, even slightly, with Old Handsome Joe in charge.

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