My Take On The Political News of the Day. Wednesday February 24, 2021
- Biden’s nominee for Interior Secretary — During a Senate commite hearing earlier today Congresswoman Deb Haaland inched closer to potential confirmation. Haaland, the first Native American nominated to a cabinet post, effectviely deflected aggressive, obnoxious, laughably hypocritical questioning from Wyoming Senator John Barasso and Montana Senator Steve Daines. Barasso and Daines are not GOP outliers. Republican votes for confirmation are unlikely to materialize. Nonetheless, the occasionally moderate, often borderline-Democratic Senator Joe Manchin announced today that he will vote to confirm Haaland. If Arizona Senator Krysten Sinema pledges her support, it’s a done deal.
- PostMaster General — During a House Oversight Committee hearing today PostMaster General Louis DeJoy apologized for mail delivery delays. That was certainly his finest moment. An obnoxious Trump holdout, DeJoy represents the unprofessional, common decency low bar that was ever-so-prevalent in the previous adminstration. In a heated exchange with Congressman Jim Cooper DeJoy insisted that his appointment to Postmaster General was not politically motivated. It was. When appointed, DeJoy was the largest donor to former President Trump’s political action committee. DeJoy also suggested we “get used to” him because he’s going to be around for “a long time”. Perhaps not. President Biden announced later today that he will nominate three Democrats to the USPS governing board. The board will soon have a Democratic majority and, if it so chooses, has the power to fire DeJoy.
- Neera Tandan — Ms. Tandan is Biden’s nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget. Hypocritical Senate Republicans hope to sink Tandan’s nomination because she tweeted unflattering things about some of them. They will likely succeed. On Tuesday Democratic Senator Joe Manchin announced he will not support her confirmation. Without Manchin’s vote Tandan has no chance of securing a simple majority. Still, Biden has yet to pull Tandan’s candidacy. Perhaps he’s negotiating a behind the scenes deal with Senate Republicans. Perhaps he’s holding out for some strategic reason. Perhaps he’s just not ready to throw in the towel.