Neera Tanden’s nomination to be the OMB Director in Joe Biden’s re-Bama administration is in trouble. Tanden’s nomination to become director of the Office of Management and Budget became imperiled Friday, when Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced he would oppose her, citing her controversial Twitter and public statements. She would need one Republican senator to vote for her to have a chance, but that is very doubtful. Even Susan Collins and Mittens Romney have announced they would vote against her. But NY Senator Chuck Schumer continues to fight for her despite Neera Tanden’s Anti-Israel history. OMD Neera Tanden era
When announcing that he wouldn’t support the nominee, Joe Manchin pointed to her statements about American political opponents’ divisiveness. She has said things like, “vampires have more heart than Ted Cruz,” Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is “the worst,” and during the 2016 primary season said, “Russia did a lot more to help Bernie [Sanders] than the DNC’s random internal e-mails did to help Hillary.”
Manchin was not impressed.
“I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden’s public statements and tweets that were personally directed towards my colleagues on both sides of the aisle from Senator Sanders to Senator McConnell and others. I believe her overtly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important working relationship between members of Congress and the next director of the Office of Management and Budget,” said Manchin. “For this reason, I cannot support her nomination.”
Not mentioned in the nomination controversy and ignored by the faux-supporter of Israel Chuck Schumer is Tanden’s anti-Israel history.
The day after the 2015 Israeli election, when Netanyahu won a surprise victory in the national elections, Hillary adviser and President of the Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden, responded to a John Podesta note calling the Israeli govt, ruthless wingnuts.
Ms. Tanden’s tenure as the head of the Center for American Progress (CAP) was marked by Antisemitism. In the lead-up to the 2012 election, Politico published a piece about how CAP, lead by Tanden, was fighting to change the Democratic Party to the anti-Israel party. Stories by CAP bloggers had appeared in the vehemently anti-Israel terrorist supporting publication The Electronic Intifada. CAP bloggers have also accused American Jews of dual loyalty, calling them “Israel-Firsters.”
“There are two explanations here – either the inmates are running the asylum or the Center for American Progress has made a decision to be anti-Israel,” said Josh Block, who at the time was AIPAC’s spokesman.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center went further than AIPAC. He called the Tanden-led CAP anti-Semitic:
….When it comes to the charges of being “Israel Firsters” and having “dual loyalty,” we not only plead innocent but also counter-charge that these sponsored bloggers are guilty of dangerous political libels resonating with historic and toxic anti-Jewish prejudices.
These odious charges have been around since Henry Ford in 1920 said, “Wars are the Jews’ harvest,” Charles Lindbergh in 1940 condemned Jews for conspiring to plunge America into World War II, and “Jewish neocons” were charged with colluding with Israel to cause the 2003 Iraq War. Recently, University of Chicago Professor John Mearsheimer, co-author of The Israel Lobby and Foreign Policy, has descended to making the accusation that American Jews — unlike American Poles, Italians, Greeks, Turks, Chinese, Africans, etc., etc. — exercise a uniquely malevolent influence over American foreign policy. ….
The Rabbi finished with:
The Center for American Progress ought to stick to fair-minded discussion of serious issues about the U.S’. future. It ought to disown immediately “Israel Laster” bloggers who take the low road and drag down policy debates into the gutter of individual and group defamation.
Rabbi Cooper’s letter is a modern equivalent of Joseph Welch’s fed up response to Senator Joe McCarthy:
You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?
Neera Tanden doesn’t seem to have a sense of decency. She libels both her American political opponents and the Jewish State of Israel. She doesn’t belong in the administration of Biden or any other president.
At Hot Air Ed Morrissey talks about the political maneuvering regarding the Tanden nomination going on right now. As usual Ed’s post is great– give it a read by clicking–> Bye, Partisan: Collins Shoots Down Tanden Nomination At OMB; UPDATE: Romney Too?
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