According to a recent report, Mitch McConnell plans to use the power of his office to prevent Joe Biden from appointing a radical cabinet of far left kooks. This will extend to judges as well. If he becomes president, Joe Biden will have the right to nominate anyone he wishes to fill vacancies in his cabinet and on the federal bench. But the Senate is not obligated to give him a blank check.
Some of the possible appointments that McConnell would block include former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and failed 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. You can add any member of the Squad, Maxine Waters, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.
“A source close to McConnell tells Axios a Republican Senate would work with Biden on centrist nominees but no ‘radical progressives’ or ones who are controversial with conservatives. The Biden agenda would be severely restricted by GOP control, the source added: ‘It’s going to be armed camps.’”
McConnell has allegedly said he is willing to work with Biden on centrist nominees but that he will not allow Biden to appoint radicals into the new administration. Democrats could try to turn this into a food fight but considering how their radical agenda played out in the elections, I can’t see them making it worse.
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Biden will not be helped by the midterm Senate elections as there are only one or two possible pick ups for the Democrats and a half a dozen for Republicans. Two years of a Biden/Harris administration won’t help vulnerable Democratic candidates in 2022. Two more years of riots won’t help either.
The outlet concluded that the dynamics of a split government could ultimately force Biden to take a centrist approach to his Cabinet picks should he win the election.
There is also speculation that such a scenario would give Biden an excuse not to give high-level jobs to far-left Democratic senators such as Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Former Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken was linked by Axios to a potential State Department vacancy, while Federal Reserve Board of Governors member Lael Brainard was linked to a potential Treasury Department vacancy.