Neera Tanden and the era of bad faith
The Party of Trump is sinking a nominee over bad tweets? Really?
I’ve known Neera Tanden for years, and while we’re not best friends or anything I do like her a lot, so I’ll admit I’m not fully objective on this question. But it really bums me out that her nomination for OMB Director is being jeopardized by the fact that she’s feisty on Twitter.
For starters, I’m feisty on Twitter and we need poster solidarity!
But in all seriousness, I think the last thing D.C. needs is more incentives for people to act like boring careerists. I know a lot of people on the left are mad that Bernie Twitter became the target of her ire at times, but fundamentally in her work at the Center for American Progress (CAP), she has done an enormous amount to bring progressive ideas like sectoral bargaining closer to the mainstream of the Democratic Party. Something like the CAP Medicare Extra for All plan is well to the left of Biden’s health care proposals, yet reflects attentiveness to establishment Democrats’ political concerns. If you’re interested in advancing progressi…