GOP Pressure Causes Two Biden Appointees To Drop Out

I mean, how dare the GOP do this!

Two key Biden nominees cave to GOP pressure campaign: Why it matters

Two of President Biden’s picks for top administration posts have withdrawn their nominations in the past month, both caving to Republican pressure campaigns while also failing to get enough support from enough moderate Democrats.

Phillip Washington, Biden’s pick to lead the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), withdrew his nomination this week amid criticism that he doesn’t have enough experience in the area. And earlier this month, Gigi Sohn, Biden’s pick to serve as the top telecommunications regulator for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), withdrew her name after facing months of controversy.

Both have served as blows to the president, as the FAA has been struggling with high-profile mishaps and the FCC lacks a regulator to help push through Biden’s internet agenda.

The politically charged environment going into the 2024 election cycle, coupled with the Democrats’ narrow majority in the Senate, has also put Biden’s picks under increased pressure.

“The withdrawals, in my view, stem from a combination of factors — a very tight Democratic majority so that almost every vote counts, absences of key Democratic senators due to health, and persistent and effective Republican attacks,” said Anne Joseph O’Connell, a federal bureaucracy expert at the Stanford Law School.

Several Democrats opposed them, as well, including Joe Manchin, Jon Tester, and Kyrsten Sinema

“Withdrawals happen in every administration. These two have meaningful consequences — a continued 2-2 split at the FCC and lack of a confirmed leader at the FAA as safety and other issues plague air transportation,” she added.

Yeah, well, we really do not need more who are completely and unwholly unqualified, even for an appointee. Like Mayor Pete. Washington was grilled in a Senate hearing, and truly had little knowledge of aviation safety, and was unable to answer basic questions on aviation issues. It’s not a position for on the job training.

As for Sohn, Ted Cruz said “Her record demonstrates extreme partisan bias, multiple conflicts of interest, and I don’t think she has the votes to be confirmed. I don’t know why the White House is wasting its time with the nomination.” She’s hyperpartisan, she’s against free speech and freedom of the press for those who do not toe the Progressive line, she benefited from copyright violations, and shows disdain for rural Americans.

So, bad choices. We already see how unqualified and unserious Pete Buttigieg is. We do not need more box checkers.

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6 Responses to “GOP Pressure Causes Two Biden Appointees To Drop Out”

  1. drowningpuppies says:

    One would hope the two DEI incompetents would have never been nominated.

    Bwaha! Lolgf

  2. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    That’s why we have Senate review of appointees.

    • drowningpuppies says:

      Or maybe SpongeBrainShitPants could nominate competent people regardless of their their color or gender and stop wasting the Senate’s time.

      I know that would be too easy.

      Bwaha! Lolgfy

      • Professor Hale says:

        Puppies, you are making too big a deal over competence. A lot of appointees are highly competent people who would do well in any field, but there is certainly no requirement for that. Every government agency has a core staff of highly competent and informed people. The political appointees at the top are just there as payoff for some political favor or another. Their own competence is accidental, not by design.

  3. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Mr Washington, who withdrew his nomination for admin of the FAA, was not given a waiver since for being a 24 year Army veteran. The FAA prohibits veterans or active duty military from being adminstrators without Congress approving a waiver. Mr Washington is Black and was a Biden supporter.

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