This is what happens when your party goes ‘woke’ and you only know one strategy: use identity politics as your sword and shield under all conditions.
No matter how misguided they may be.
Women’s rights activists and allied Democrats are growing increasingly vocal about what they call the unfair targeting of women and people of color nominated by Joe Biden to top posts in his administration.
Translation. The Democrats use problematic nominees, some of whom are minorities, as human shields for their radical politics. When one of their human shields is rejected, they start screaming about racism and sexism.
Their fears had been bubbling for weeks, as Biden’s nominees of color came under sharp attack from conservative groups or saw their nominations delayed or opposed in greater numbers. But the worries burst out into the open over the weekend as Neera Tanden’s nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget neared defeat at the hands of a Democrat.
Yeah. The opposition to Neera Tanden by Senator Manchin was all about her sex and her Indian background, and not her poor social media impulse control. Open question as to which Tanden crony handfed this to Politico. And who at Politico owes her enough favors that it got run.
“There’s a double standard going on,” said Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), head of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. “Her nomination is very significant for us Asian American and Pacific Islanders. I do believe that this double standard has to do with the fact that she would be a pioneer in that position.”
That must mean that Senator Manchin is bigoted against… Indians or Asians? And Senator Susan Collins is a sexist?
Democrats argue that after the Trump years, there is little justification for having someone’s online behavior serve as a disqualifier.
Seriously? The new Democrat position is that you can say anything on social media (as a Democrat nominee) because of President Trump?
It’s not just Tanden’s nomination that is surfacing complaints of sexism and racial prejudice. Officials in the White House and those who served on the transition note that several of Biden’s nominees of color have seen their nominations slow-walked in the Senate or have already come under comparatively harsher criticism than the white men up for top administration posts.
Republicans are currently pushing back hard on former California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Biden’s choice to run the Heath and Human Services Department, citing his views on expanding health care and abortion access to unauthorized immigrants. They also argue that Becerra, whose mother immigrated from Guadalajara and father grew up in Tijuana, Mexico, is underqualified because he is not a doctor himself. Trump’s Health Secretary, Alex Azar, wasn’t a physician.
Alex Azar is Lebanese Arab. So the argument here is that Republicans are biased against Latinos, but not Arabs?
Opposition to Becerra might have something to do with his political extremism and his illegal persecution of investigative journalists who exposed Planned Parenthood. PP is the loudest voice championing Becerra.
Democrats fear even more nominees of color could soon run into trouble, including civil rights lawyer Kristen Clarke, the nominee for assistant attorney general at the DOJ’s civil rights division, and Vanita Gupta, Biden’s nominee for associate attorney general. Gupta was the subject of a recently launched ad campaign by conservative groups, which accused her of wanting to “let convicts out of jail” and “reduce punishments on white supremacists.” The groups’ other target was Becerra. A third ad they ran accused the Biden administration of welcoming dark money.
Curious how Politico doesn’t want to go into any details about why there’s opposition to Kirsten Clarke. That would involve some awkward discussions of her crazy racist views.
Anyway, while Senator Susan Collins might be intimidated by being accused of racism, Senator Manchin really doesn’t care. He’s not going to be hurt by identity politics attacks. But that won’t stop the Democrats from using the one dull tool in their woke toolbox.