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  • Biden Transition Cabinet

    Posted by btomba_77 on November 5, 2020 at 4:35 am

    [h1]GOP Senate Wins Wreak Havoc on Biden Transition[/h1] [link=https://www.axios.com/gop-senate-biden-transition-50ebe6c8-e318-4fdb-b903-048908b3b954.html]Axios[/link] –
    Republicans likely hold on the Senate is forcing Joe Bidens transition team to consider limiting its prospective Cabinet nominees to those who Mitch McConnell can live with.” 
     
    The new Senate political math could essentially dash the ambitions of some Democrats, including those who have clashed with Republicans.
     
    Susan Rice and Stacey Abrams could be early casualties, depending on McConnells posture.
     
    [link=https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020/11/05/democrats-congress-election-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=wp_politics]Washington Post[/link]: Democrats ambitious agenda runs into unexpected obstacle: McConnells resilience.
     
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    Pete Buttigieg somewhere (I like Ambassador to the US … the Nikki Haley pathway.
     
    Klobuchar has good relations in the Senate and could get confirmed easily.
     
     
    Warren and Sanders both want spots … but I’m not so sure they could get through with the GOP in charge (if Biden even wanted them)
     

    btomba_77 replied 1 year, 4 months ago 15 Members · 189 Replies
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  • clickpenguin_460

    Member
    November 5, 2020 at 6:34 am

    Ha.
     
    No one party rule wet dreams anymore.
     
    Same goes with SC justices, judges etc.  Dems will regret not voting for the Repub. nominees.
     
    Kagan and Sotomayor were voted in easily with heavy Repub support and Kagan had never even been a judge!  Could you imagine if Trump tried that.
     
    In any case, I sincerely hope we can go back to those days but I don’t see any indication of it.
     
    I agree about Buttigieg and Klobuchar though.  He might try to add RINOs like Kasich also.

    • suman

      Member
      November 5, 2020 at 8:09 am

      Oh no we won’t have Stacey Abrams? Country will have to be run by competent business executives picked based on merit instead of genitalia and melatonin levels? America is doomed.

      • kaldridgewv2211

        Member
        November 5, 2020 at 1:49 pm

        I would make sure the message is that Putin’s Mitch is nothing more than a stone wall.

        • btomba_77

          Member
          November 5, 2020 at 2:08 pm

          Quote from DICOM_Dan

          I would make sure the message is that Putin’s Mitch is nothing more than a stone wall.

           
          The “who is to blame for the gridlock” messaging battle for the 2022 midterms will have begun even Biden’s inaugural address.

          • ester.mancuso_108

            Member
            November 6, 2020 at 6:51 am

            Markets are approving of grid lock. The status quote being certain is good for the economy.

            • suman

              Member
              November 6, 2020 at 7:28 am

              Yes status quo is much better for stock market than hiking corporate tax rate back to 35%.

              Maybe Biden will issue a couple EOs to bring in more guest workers too, and remove the tarifs.

              • kaldridgewv2211

                Member
                November 6, 2020 at 8:13 am

                Sounds good. Lets get farmers trading soy beans again so we can stop paying them our tax money.

                • ruszja

                  Member
                  November 6, 2020 at 8:26 am

                  I doubt Mitch will block any but the most extreme cabinet appointees. I do expect that any replacement of a supreme court justice will require a negotiated solution.

                  • heartmirror_672

                    Member
                    November 6, 2020 at 9:23 am

                    The countries mandate for this election is for Biden is to appoint moderate democrats.  That does not include Stacy Abrams or any other race baiting leftist.

                    • btomba_77

                      Member
                      November 8, 2020 at 4:28 pm

                      [link=https://buffalochronicle.com/2020/11/07/mitt-romney-has-been-asked-to-lead-health-and-human-services-in-biden-administration/]https://buffalochronicle….-biden-administration/[/link]
                       
                      Report: Biden wants Mitt Romney for HHS
                       
                       
                      would make sense…. Romenycare was the precursor to the ACA
                       
                      (article also says Romney would want his seat filled by Mia Love)

                    • tdetlie_105

                      Member
                      November 8, 2020 at 6:19 pm

                      Quote from dergon

                      [link=https://buffalochronicle.com/2020/11/07/mitt-romney-has-been-asked-to-lead-health-and-human-services-in-biden-administration/]https://buffalochronicle….-biden-administration/[/link]

                      Report: Biden wants Mitt Romney for HHS

                      would make sense…. Romenycare was the precursor to the ACA

                      (article also says Romney would want his seat filled by Mia Love)

                       
                      I think this is great for bipartisanship and coming together as Americans rather than Republicans vs Democrats but didn’t Romney once vow to repeal Obamacare/ACA? 

                    • btomba_77

                      Member
                      November 9, 2020 at 9:31 am

                      Quote from jd4540

                      Quote from dergon

                      [link=https://buffalochronicle.com/2020/11/07/mitt-romney-has-been-asked-to-lead-health-and-human-services-in-biden-administration/]https://buffalochronicle….-biden-administration/[/link]

                      Report: Biden wants Mitt Romney for HHS

                      would make sense…. Romenycare was the precursor to the ACA

                      (article also says Romney would want his seat filled by Mia Love)

                      I think this is great for bipartisanship and coming together as Americans rather than Republicans vs Democrats but didn’t Romney once vow to repeal Obamacare/ACA? 

                       
                      Might turn out to be a false report.
                       
                      the fact that no other outlet has picked up the story makes it sound like fake (or perhaps just inaccurate) reporting

                      [link=https://www.newsguardtech.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/buffalochronicle-1.pdf]https://www.newsguardtech.com/wp-con…hronicle-1.pdf[/link]

                      buffalochronicle.com

                      A website covering New York State, U.S., and Canadian politics that has frequently published false and unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, often aimed at left-leaning politicians.

                    • kayla.meyer_144

                      Member
                      November 9, 2020 at 9:48 am

                      I can’t see Romney jumping a Biden position. In today’s partisan climate, he’d be an outright traitor & despised by Republicans.

                    • ruszja

                      Member
                      November 11, 2020 at 12:21 pm

                      Quote from Frumious

                      I can’t see Romney jumping a Biden position. In today’s partisan climate, he’d be an outright traitor & despised by Republicans.

                       
                      To a substantial part of the current republican party, he IS an outright traitor and despised already.

                    • kaldridgewv2211

                      Member
                      November 11, 2020 at 3:12 pm

                      they announces a whole bunch of transition  agency review teams.  Mostly volunteers.   Names unknown to me but from places probably everyone would recognize.
                       
                      [link=https://buildbackbetter.com/press-releases/biden-harris-transition-team-announces-members-of-agency-review-teams/]https://buildbackbetter.com/press-releases/biden-harris-transition-team-announces-members-of-agency-review-teams/[/link]

                    • btomba_77

                      Member
                      November 11, 2020 at 3:25 pm

                      I could see Romney

                      But I would target GOP senators from D states (Toomey and Collins )

                    • kaldridgewv2211

                      Member
                      November 9, 2020 at 9:49 am

                      Fiona Hill seemed sharp and I would look to see if she would join the Biden admin.  

                    • kayla.meyer_144

                      Member
                      November 9, 2020 at 10:14 am

                      Who and how many nominees are McConnell going to block because, like Fiona Hill are “too radical” for Senate Republicans’ tastes?
                       
                      Where is the line and how wide a block is it going to be. I am assuming that McConnell will try to block Biden even more than he did Obama. After all, I can hear Moscow Mitch now, “The American people voted in a divided government and Republican Senate to keep the Socialist Biden government under control to stop them from doing anything.”.
                       
                      “Keep your Socialist government hands off my Medicare! And Social Security!”

                    • clickpenguin_460

                      Member
                      November 9, 2020 at 10:26 am

                      I’ve always thought that Cabinets should be bi-partisan but we shall see.  Romney is almost a RINO these days. 
                       
                      I don’t think they will try to block anyone unless they are really radical.  I’m not sure they would even block Warren since she’s a known commodity and her seat could be filled by a Republican for a time.

                    • kayla.meyer_144

                      Member
                      November 9, 2020 at 10:30 am

                      Quote from Cubsfan10

                      Romney is almost a RINO these days. 

                      Exactly my point he’s not to be trusted by Republicans because he is not reactionary enough.
                       
                      Romney is seen as an establishment & moderate Republican by most all non-Republicans.

  • rwalmsley_851

    Member
    November 8, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Hmm…Senate seat seems more prestigious than HHS Secretary

    • kaldridgewv2211

      Member
      November 8, 2020 at 5:16 pm

      Unless its not about prestige. He might be able to do good a HHS sec. Also Id like think he would have support from the GOP but who knows in the era of Trump.

    • btomba_77

      Member
      November 8, 2020 at 5:22 pm

      Quote from ghostofosler

      Hmm…Senate seat seems more prestigious than HHS Secretary

      Meh … he’s a former executive and governor …. might prefer running stuff.
       
      (Not to mention that McConnell has no plans to let Mitt anywhere near power in the GOP Senate)

  • btomba_77

    Member
    November 9, 2020 at 4:49 am

    [b]Trump Appointee Wont Let Transition Move Ahead[/b][/h1]  
     
    A Trump administration appointee is refusing to sign a letter allowing President-elect Joe Bidens transition team to formally begin its work this week, in another sign the incumbent president has not acknowledged Bidens victory and could disrupt the transfer of power, the [link=https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-gsa-letter-biden-transition/2020/11/08/07093acc-21e9-11eb-8672-c281c7a2c96e_story.html]Washington Post[/link] reports.

     

  • kaldridgewv2211

    Member
    November 9, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Quote from Frumious

    Who and how many nominees are McConnell going to block because, like Fiona Hill are “too radical” for Senate Republicans’ tastes?

    Good question but do they also look bad for blocking someone who seems knowledgeable, well spoken, and can do the job?
     
    They’be been appointing lots of no good hacks.  I think it’s time to do an 180.

    • kayla.meyer_144

      Member
      November 9, 2020 at 12:50 pm

      You think McConnell cares about good government? Is that what he was doing these past 4 years? Is that what he was concerned about when he formed the strategy to oppose Obama in everything so as not to give Obama any sort of success in Obama’s 8 years?
       
      I think we are going to see a deja vu of opposing everything from McConnell during Biden’s administration. That will include appointments of all kinds.

      • kaldridgewv2211

        Member
        November 9, 2020 at 6:40 pm

        This is why I hope for pulling out all the stops and winning those GA senate races.

        • clickpenguin_460

          Member
          November 9, 2020 at 6:43 pm

          Good luck.  Even if Dems won them both, they aren’t getting anything radical done with 50/50.  Manchin won’t vote for any of that stuff.  Sinema and Kelly may not either.

          • kayla.meyer_144

            Member
            November 9, 2020 at 8:26 pm

            Who wants radical? At this point we are in repair & recovery service.

            • btomba_77

              Member
              November 10, 2020 at 5:48 am

              [link=https://nypost.com/2020/11/09/cindy-mccain-joins-joe-biden-transition-team-advisory-board/?utm_medium=SocialFlow&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPTwitter]https://nypost.com/2020/1…;utm_source=NYPTwitter[/link]

              [h1]Cindy McCain joins Biden transition team advisory board[/h1]  

              • kayla.meyer_144

                Member
                November 10, 2020 at 6:21 am

                Putin yet to congratulate Biden presumably waiting for “official” count. But using opportunity to create doubt about “democracy,” specifically American democracy.
                 

                 

                In Russian state media, coverage focused more on the split vote and predictions that Americas political fissures will continue to preoccupy the country and erode its global standing. Trumps premature declaration of victory early Wednesday became a punching bag for Russian commentators.
                 

                [link=https://www.mk.ru/politics/2020/11/03/chto-budet-esli-tramp-proigrav-vybory-otkazhetsya-uyti.html]One op-ed from pro-Kremlin newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets[/link] said, [b]The word democracy has been becoming less and less applicable to the United States. At the helm of the American state is the man who talks openly about his intention to retain the presidential post despite voters expressed will.[/b]

                 

                 

  • btomba_77

    Member
    November 10, 2020 at 10:50 am

    [h1]Klobuchar Considered for Biden Cabinet Post, Possible AG or Ag[/h1] Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is being floated for a Cabinet post inside President-elect Joe Bidens administration, [link=https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/10/biden-cabinet-amy-klobuchar-considered-for-attorney-general-usda-chief.html]CNBC[/link] reports.

    Klobuchar is being considered by Biden and his team for a number of positions, including attorney general and secretary of Agriculture.

    (what a difference the capital G or small g makes, eh [image]https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/image] )
     

    • kaldridgewv2211

      Member
      November 10, 2020 at 12:10 pm

      hopefully they don’t lose a senate seat.

      • ruszja

        Member
        November 10, 2020 at 1:28 pm

        Quote from DICOM_Dan

        hopefully they don’t lose a senate seat.

         
        Ilhan Omar is a shoe-in for that seat. Outstate Minnesota loves her.

      • btomba_77

        Member
        November 10, 2020 at 3:33 pm

        Quote from DICOM_Dan

        hopefully they don’t lose a senate seat.

        Appoint Franken 🙂

  • clickpenguin_460

    Member
    November 10, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    He has to be so mad at this point.

  • btomba_77

    Member
    November 11, 2020 at 6:30 am

    The [link=https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/11/us/politics/biden-cabinet.html]New York Times[/link] has a piece about who is being considered for each major post in the Biden administration. —
     
     

    • jennycullmann

      Member
      November 11, 2020 at 9:00 am

      [image]https://media.thedonald.win/post/tDU9kKdx.jpeg[/image]

      • kaldridgewv2211

        Member
        November 11, 2020 at 11:08 am

        it looks slightly like Trump has given up.  He’s got nothing on his schedule.  
         
        He’s burning down the defense department though.  SecDef, Under SecDef, and Under Sec Def Intel all out.  Replaced with yes men and interns.

        • clickpenguin_460

          Member
          November 11, 2020 at 11:46 am

          He’s in total “F it” mode.

        • jennycullmann

          Member
          November 11, 2020 at 8:20 pm

          Quote from DICOM_Dan

          it looks slightly like Trump has given up.  He’s got nothing on his schedule.  

          He’s burning down the defense department though.  SecDef, Under SecDef, and Under Sec Def Intel all out.  Replaced with yes men and interns.

           
          You still don’t know the man. That’s because you back losers.
           
          Get your popcorn ready. Soon you’ll be choking on it. And I’ll laugh.

          • btomba_77

            Member
            November 12, 2020 at 5:13 am

            [b]Biden Picks Ron Klain as Chief of Staff[/b][/h1]  
             
            President-elect Joe Biden will name Ron Klain, a veteran Democratic operative and a decades-long confidant, to be his White House chief of staff as early as Thursday morning, the [link=https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/11/11/us/joe-biden-trump/biden-plans-to-name-ron-klain-a-decades-long-confidant-as-his-chief-of-staff]New York Times[/link] reports.
             
            Mr. Klain, a lawyer with deep experience on Capitol Hill, advising President Barack Obama and in corporate board rooms, has been seen for months as the most likely choice to manage Mr. Bidens team in the White House. Known for steady nerves, he is well versed as a tactician in the levers of power in both the executive and legislative branches. And he has a fierce wit, which he has frequently unleashed on President Trump on Twitter.

             

            • btomba_77

              Member
              November 12, 2020 at 5:14 am

              Biden not getting the PDBs yet.  Senator Lankford (R- OK) says that if Biden isn’t getting intel briefings by friday then he will “get involved.”

  • btomba_77

    Member
    November 12, 2020 at 6:03 am

    [link=https://thehill.com/homenews/525625-biden-speaks-to-leaders-of-japan-south-korea-australia]Biden speaking to leaders of Japan, South Korea, Australia

    [/link]

    Biden spoke with the leaders of Japan, South Korea and Australia,[link=https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-asia-allies/biden-reassures-u-s-allies-in-calls-with-leaders-of-japan-south-korea-australia-idUSKBN27S0EU] according to Reuters[/link], and pledged to work with and improve diplomatic ties. 
     
    President-elect Biden said that he looks forward to strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance and working together on achieving a free and open Indo-Pacific, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told the news service. 
     
    The president-elect has received congratulations on an election victory from leaders around the world in recent days, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a close ally of Trump. 
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  • btomba_77

    Member
    November 13, 2020 at 5:51 am

    [h1][b]Biden Transition Reaches Out to Mattis’ People[/b][/h1]  
     
    President-elect Joe Bidens team has had initial discussions with people who worked for former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis about helping with the transition at the Pentagon and possibly serving in the new administration, [link=https://www.politico.com/news/2020/11/12/biden-transition-jim-mattis-defense-436396]Politico[/link] reports.
     
    The conversations are in the early stages, particularly as President Donald Trump has so far blocked the start of the official transition process, said the people, all former Trump administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive personnel issues.
     

  • btomba_77

    Member
    November 13, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    [link=https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/525924-john-kelly-says-trump-hurting-national-security-by-delaying-biden]John Kelly says Trump hurting national security by delaying Biden transition[/link]

  • btomba_77

    Member
    November 14, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Biden Likely to Pick Woman as Defense Secretary[/h1]  
    President-elect Joe Biden is expected to take a historic step and select a woman to head the Pentagon for the first time, shattering one of the few remaining barriers to women in the department and the presidential Cabinet, the [link=https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/biden-likely-break-barriers-pick-woman-lead-pentagon-n1247842]AP[/link] reports.
     
    Michele Flournoy, a politically moderate Pentagon veteran, is regarded by U.S. officials and political insiders as a top choice for the position.
     
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    On a side note, part of the reason for the recent Trump top-level purge is that he wants his lackeys to put in as many Trump civil service employees as possible so as to “reverse Deep State” Biden when he takes office.
     
    Since a lot of these people will be probationary I think you will see a lot of reassignment to North Dakota offices and into powerless positions where they can’t do much damage until they quit.  The Biden purge of Trumpsters likely to be quite large and broad.
     
     

     

  • clickpenguin_460

    Member
    November 14, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    That’s not surprising considering what the pro-Dem deep state did to him.

    • cpmolnar

      Member
      November 14, 2020 at 3:22 pm

      Quote from Cubsfan10

      That’s not surprising considering what the pro-Dem deep state did to him.

      It’s all a big conspiracy, he won bigly. Who will save us from the pedophiles now?

      • ruszja

        Member
        November 14, 2020 at 3:32 pm

        Klain. That was the guy who singlehandedly defeated Ebola. A great choice !

        • btomba_77

          Member
          November 16, 2020 at 6:44 am

          Azar: Biden team will be included in vaccine distribution planning  “once GSA determines that there is[b] – if there is -[/b] a transition to do.   ….   We’ll make sure that happens when and if it’s appropriate to do that.”
           
           
          ___________
           
          OH Gov Mike DeWine calls on Trump to start the transition.

  • btomba_77

    Member
    November 16, 2020 at 8:30 am

    [h1]Fauci: Biden Transition Will Be Key to Vaccine Distribution[/h1]  
    Dr. Anthony Fauci told [link=https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/fauci-says-biden-transition-key-quick-distribution-covid-vaccine-n1247893]NBC News[/link] that hes concerned that the Trump administration has not yet greenlighted the formal transition to the incoming Biden administration, which the infectious disease expert said is key to the quick distribution of a Covid-19 vaccine.
     

    • kaldridgewv2211

      Member
      November 16, 2020 at 9:27 am

      Every governor should sign onto a single letter that says start packing your crap and start the transition you dumb son of B.  Just like The Rock would do.

      • 19462008

        Member
        November 16, 2020 at 9:38 am

        Trump is only giving the left the same respect they gave him. Now you guys claim to be moral… and we should do the right thing? It’s Karma.
         
        I see China gate coming. Please Please Please.

        • Unknown Member

          Deleted User
          November 16, 2020 at 9:42 am

          Trump is irrelevant

          He lost and only the paranoid conspiracy types are now listening to him

          • kayla.meyer_144

            Member
            November 16, 2020 at 11:36 am

            He will do his best to keep his core supporters like Cuda “energized” with angry paranoia.

        • btomba_77

          Member
          November 16, 2020 at 12:27 pm

          As John Oliver noted last night.   There is a big difference between “not [b]my[/b] president” and “not [b]the[/b] president.”
           
           

  • btomba_77

    Member
    November 18, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Karine Jean-Pierre has emerged as a top candidate for Biden’s WH press secretary, …. She would be the first Black woman in that role.
     
     
     
    [link]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karine_Jean-Pierre[/link]

    [b]Karine Jean-Pierre[/b] (born August 13, 1977) is a [link=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France]French[/link]-born [link=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiti]Haitian[/link]-American [link=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_campaign]political campaign[/link] organizer, activist, political commentator, and lecturer in international and public affairs at [link=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_University]Columbia University[/link]. She is the senior advisor and national spokeswoman for [link=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MoveOn.org]MoveOn.org[/link] and a political analyst for [link=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBC_News]NBC News[/link] and [link=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSNBC]MSNBC[/link]. In August 2020, she was selected to serve as the chief of staff for Democratic vice presidential nominee [link=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamala_Harris]Kamala Harris[/link].

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  • btomba_77

    Member
    November 22, 2020 at 7:55 am

    [h1][b]Biden Considering Two Women for Attorney General[/b][/h1]  
     
    The Biden transition team is weighing attorney general contenders led by Lisa Monaco, who held key national security posts in the Obama administration, and Sally Yates, who gained fame when she was fired by President Trump, [link=https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-21/biden-considering-lisa-monaco-sally-yates-for-attorney-general]Bloomberg[/link] reports.
     
    The choice of either would help President-elect Joe Biden achieve his goal of having women represented at the highest levels of his administration.
    Monaco and Yates both had extensive careers inside the Justice Department and previously held positions that required Senate confirmation. But her history of tussling with the Trump White House might make Yatess approval harder if the Senate is still controlled by Republicans.
     

    • btomba_77

      Member
      November 22, 2020 at 7:57 am

      [b]Pat Toomey Says Biden is President[/b][/h1]  
       
      Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) [link=https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/1330331284313415682?s=20]released a statement[/link] saying Donald Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options and told him to accept the outcome of the election and facilitate the presidential transition process.
       
      He added: I congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory. They are both dedicated public servants and I will be praying for them and for our country.
       
       
      (The fact that we can make a very short list of elected Republicans who have actually acknowledged Biden as the winner and President-elect is a very ugly look for the GOP)

       

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