U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), one of seven Republicans who voted to convict President Donald Trump in impeachment 2.0, has announced her opposition to the confirmation of Neera Tanden to direct the Office of Management and Budget in the Biden administration.
Despite her mostly RINO bona fides, the news of Collins’ decision to vote against Tanden has prompted a meltdown on liberal Twitter, with some even dredging up unfounded accusations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh that emerged during the-then judge’s contentious September 2018 confirmation hearings.
To her credit, even against the backdrop of her so-called moderate ideology, Collins’ influential speech in support of Kavanaugh likely was decisive in his ascendancy to the Supreme Court.
According to a statement released by Collins, “Neera Tanden has neither the experience nor the temperament to lead this critical agency. Her past actions have demonstrated exactly the kind of animosity that President Biden has pledged to transcend.”
Collins also was unsettled by Tanden scrubbing 1000-plus, often opinionated tweets shortly before she was nominated because it “raises concerns about her commitment to transparency.”
A few of those tweets were critical of Collins, one describing her as “the worst,” and another assailed her for her “terrible treatment” of Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford. Collins was reelected for another six-year term in Election 2020.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has already said he won’t vote for Tanden — who is currently president of the left-wing Center for American Progress think tank and a familiar cable news pundit — because of her prior “overly partisan statements” on social media that would create “a toxic and detrimental impact” if she was confirmed to head OMB.
The Biden administration is currently standing by the nominee, but confirmation appears doubtful in the 50-50 U.S. Senate.
Biden won’t pull Tanden as OMB nominee, confident Dems will ‘find the votes’ despite opposition https://t.co/rVV9kW2HUW pic.twitter.com/B78LdFCDqW
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 20, 2021
According to Politico, however, RINOs Mitt Romney or Lisa Murkowski could potentially support the nominee in a power play “and save Tanden to show Manchin that he doesn’t actually run the Senate.”
Romney has subsequently indicated that he is a no vote on Tanden, however.
As alluded to above, woke and often profanity-spewing Twitter is outraged over Collins’ decision, again demonstrating that as a general principle, praise from the left for the RINO cohort is fleeting. Here is a just a small sampling of trending activity:
Someone should be there to say, "Oh, shut the fuck up, Susan Collins" right to her stupid face every day for the rest of her life. https://t.co/TbGvCufWhH
— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) February 22, 2021
So a partisan moron like Brett Kavanaugh is just fine for a lifetime appointment on the SC, but an intelligent woman with her own voice and ideas is too radical and inexperienced for OMB?
Susan Collins makes herself look the fool. Every. Single. Time. https://t.co/q0ET0h3sHP
— Persistent-One who aims to misbehave (@PersistentOne3) February 22, 2021
I just wanna say Fuck Susan Collins.
I remember how she voted to confirm 96% of Trump's judges (White Judges), but somehow Neera Tanden (Very Brown) is not good enough for the OMB job.
Can we please stop praising this worried racist for basic ass shit now?
— Biologically Black Bianca (@RealKHiveQueenB) February 22, 2021
Neera Tanden “regretted calling Mitch McConnell “Voldemort,” and Susan Collins “the worst,” or tweeting that “vampires have more heart than Ted Cruz”. All true, btw.
Strange that she would be rejected by senators who steadfastly claimed they “hadn’t seen” *45’s tweets.
— Mela Storm #Resistance! NO SURRENDER (@StormMela) February 21, 2021
If they don’t confirm her I would like to formally request that Neera Tanden spend the next few months on Twitter absolutely FLAMING Susan Collins and Joe Manchin
— connectpoliticditto. (@cpoliticditto) February 22, 2021
Susan Collins is concerned about Neera Tanden’s “mean tweets” but wasn’t concerned about Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulting multiple women.
— Erie Siobhan🇺🇸 (@ErieNotEerie) February 22, 2021
Susan Collins had no problem with approving Brett Kavanaugh's abuse history to the Supreme Court, but Neera Tanden's mean tweets are a bridge too far.
So sick of Senator Concernicus.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) February 22, 2021
Susan Collins' statement on Neera Tanden is beyond absurd. For four years, Collins barely made a peep over the most hateful, egregious, and violent remarks by Trump and his supporters. The idea that she would position herself as a moral arbiter regarding tweets is preposterous.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) February 22, 2021
All of a sudden Susan Collins is concerned with “Temperament”. Maybe if Tanden shouted “I like beer!” In an indignant tone like Brett Kavanaugh, Collins will be okay with her.
— RIP GOP Hello GQP 🌎 ☮️ ❤️🤍💙🇺🇸 (@Lindstr7) February 22, 2021
I'm beginning to suspect that Susan Collins might be a partisan hack.
— kuurrt (@kurtkw22) February 22, 2021
When Susan Collins and Woody Allen are trending yet neither are dead.
— "It's Still March 2020, Steve" 🇨🇦 #BLM (@stevecantsmell) February 22, 2021
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