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Tue Dec 29, 2020, 11:04 AM

Sanders Is Unhappy About Biden's Cabinet


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was on ABC's "This Week" this week, and he expressed his disappointment with the cabinet officers Joe Biden has selected so far. "What I have said many, many times, is the progressive movement itself probably is 35 or 40 percent of the Democratic Coalition," declared the Senator. "And I believe that the progressive movement deserves seats in the Cabinet; that has not yet happened."

Sanders is right that the picks, so far, have had a very centrist tint. However, his complaint immediately raises two questions. The first is: How does he expect this to happen? Undoubtedly, Biden's personal preference is for centrists, because he is one himself. That said, the President-elect has demonstrated that he is willing to make certain that key factions within the party are recognized. He would surely be happy to name at least a couple of outspoken lefties if he thought he could get them past the Senate. But how? The case of Neera Tanden is instructive here. She's centrist enough that Sanders' supporters don't like her, but she's progressive enough that Senate Republicans are already lining up in opposition to her. This suggests that anyone who passes muster with the progressives can't get past Senate Republicans (with Blue Dog Democrats like Joe Manchin, D-WV, and Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ, also a concern), while anyone who passes muster with Senate Republicans will not be acceptable to the progressives.

That brings us to the second question: Why is Sanders saying this publicly, right now? The only hope for a couple of lefty cabinet officials is if the Democrats win both of the Senate runoffs in Georgia (and then keep Manchin/Sinema on board). If the Senator's goal was to lobby Joe Biden, he could easily do that with a telephone call. When he goes on TV, by contrast, one has to assume his goal is to speak to the voters. But the dilemma is whether "Elect Jon Ossoff/Raphael Warnock, so we can drag the administration leftward" is more likely to motivate voters who think that sounds like a pretty good idea, or to motivate voters who think that sounds like a pretty bad idea. Which group, in Georgia, is larger? Surely it is the latter, given the centrist nature of the state. And so, it certainly looks like Sanders is shooting himself in the foot with his public kvetching.

We cannot help but notice that Biden has left certain cabinet slots, like Labor, unfilled, and that he only needs to hang on for another week to know the outcome of the Georgia runoffs. So, the President-elect may just have a plan here, whether Sanders sees it or not.

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Reply Sanders Is Unhappy About Biden's Cabinet (Original post)
DonViejo Dec 2020 OP
samnsara Dec 2020 #1
bottomofthehill Dec 2020 #2
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2020 #3
rampartc Dec 2020 #14
onetexan Dec 2020 #17
grumpyduck Dec 2020 #4
arlyellowdog Dec 2020 #5
stonecutter357 Dec 2020 #6
Marcuse Dec 2020 #7
comradebillyboy Dec 2020 #8
redstatebluegirl Dec 2020 #9
awesomerwb1 Dec 2020 #10
HariSeldon Dec 2020 #11
CaptainTruth Dec 2020 #12
Gothmog Dec 2020 #13
Midnight Writer Dec 2020 #15
Dopers_Greed Dec 2020 #16
Skeptical Thomas Dec 2020 #18

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 11:20 AM

1. well of course

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 11:25 AM

2. If he won, he could have selected the Cabinet

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 11:29 AM

3. Tough shit, Bernie. He won, you didn't.

He gets to pick the cabinet. You donít.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 03:13 PM

14. we (40% of democrats) stuck with biden

must we stick with him in 2024 if he ignores us now??

the idea is to pull the party, and the nation, together. "tough shit, bernie" may not be the best way to begin.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 04:09 AM

17. +1 -K&R

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 11:30 AM

4. Bernie, if you'd won, a lot of people

would have been unhappy about your cabinet. It happens every time.

I understand you just want media attention, but STFU.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 11:32 AM

5. Attorney General

Iím hoping for Adam Schiff or Katie Porter after the cotes are certified after January 6.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 11:41 AM

6. he can't do shit about it .

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 11:50 AM

7. Rich Mitch is unhappy too.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 12:12 PM

8. The Independent senator from VT thinks he's

the leader of the Democratic Party. He's wrong. Biden owes him nothing.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 12:15 PM

9. We will just have to live with his disapointment.

Bernie you were not responsible for the Biden win it was a lot of people who deeply hated Trump. You would not have won, we would have had another 4 years of the orange menace. Just try and be quiet for a while you lost.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 01:11 PM

10. Blah blah blah bah

Tough shit. You got destroyed in the primaries because most non fanatical people can see right through you.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 01:18 PM

11. I would bet on this being calculated messaging by Sanders

If Sanders is publicly saying, "The Democrats aren't liberal enough! Even with the Presidency, they're not putting liberals/progressives in key positions.", then he might push perception of the Democratic Party to the right. Because otherwise, it's just Republicans and their supporters saying, "Look how liberal the Democrats are! You don't want to let them control the Senate. Get out and vote for the Republicans!"

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 01:22 PM

12. I'm unhappy with a lot of things.


Join the club, Bernie.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 01:41 PM

13. I do not care if sanders is unhappy, I trust Joe

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #13)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 03:58 PM

15. Yep, me too.

Joe is a man of conscience, a man of competence, and a man of compassion.

I trust Joe.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 08:01 PM

16. Sanders is acting like he won the election

IMO he can suck it.

Left-wing politics lost big in this election. With the exception of the Douchebag losing, Repugs way over-performed.

And even taking that into account, the Biden admisitration will still be the most progressive presidency we've seen in decades.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 07:26 AM

18. Primaries Have Consequences, Bernie

 

Please do us all the courtesy of shutting up now.

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