Biden’s Appointments Rankle the Democratic Party

Biden's Appointments Rankle the Democratic Party

( – On Tuesday, November 24, the possible Joe Biden administration started to take some shape as the transition team started making announcements about potential appointments. Some in the Democratic Party are already upset over the picks, or lack of picks. So far, it’s the Obama insiders who are on the fast track to appointments.

Over the course of the next few months, there are thousands of jobs to be filled by the Biden transition team and there is discord brewing among two different groups of Democrats. Far-left progressives are none too happy right now, and those on the verge of a complete meltdown are campaign staffers who feel overlooked despite their loyalty.

How Do People Get White House Jobs?

In many instances, getting a job in the White House is a form of payback for helping a presidential candidate win the election. They may or may not have qualifications for a position. It’s the type of cronyism that drives the public crazy.

In other instances, a presidential team may select people based solely on their expertise. In this case, Biden appears to be choosing people based on this requirement, which is what’s causing much of the problems amongst the campaign staff who don’t have jobs now that the election is over.

Campaign Team Grows Angry

Several members of the top-tier Biden campaign team already secured top-level government positions. Up to this point, all of those who received appointments joined the campaign after March, leaving those who served on the campaign from the first day in limbo. During the summer and fall of 2019, the hardest work of the campaign went into winning a crowded primary.

In other instances, old school Democrats Biden served with for decades in the Senate or as vice president are getting a prized position. One such colleague is former Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry. Surprisingly they’re being given choice appointments even though they shied away from supporting Biden altogether during the general election.

The long-time campaign staffers feel those who came after March 2020, or didn’t support Biden during the campaign, are getting priority over their loyalty.

Far-Left Could Be Left Out in the Cold

During the second presidential debate, Biden reminded President Donald Trump that he defeated the socialist in the Democratic primary and wasn’t one of them. However, since the election, socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have claimed they will force Biden to the left once he takes office.

It appears that neither Sanders nor Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has a shot at a cabinet-level position. That’s contrary to the claims that Sanders is owed a position at least. Both Sanders and AOC have warned that Biden will face the far-left’s wrath if he shuts out progressives from serving in top-level positions in the Administration.

Biden Has a Problem in the Senate

Perhaps Biden is practical in his choice of appointments. Each one will require the support of the Republican-led Senate if the GOP maintains its majority after the runoff in Georgia on January 5. Republicans may not be willing to confirm far-left nominees in a Biden administration.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has not shown his hand on how he will handle the confirmation process. McConnell said he would have more to say after the election is certified or a candidate concedes.

Regardless, the far-left will likely continue to criticize Biden if he doesn’t choose at least one of them for a senior level position in his administration.

January and February are normally boring months after a presidential election. It may not be this time around.

Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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