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Don’t expect Sanders to be in Biden’s cabinet

From Washington comes word that President-elect Joe Biden will start filling senior White House positions soon, with an eye toward completing his cabinet not long after Thanksgiving.

Does that mean it’s time for Vermonters to wonder whether Sen. Bernie Sanders is going to be secretary of labor, and if so who might Gov. Phil Scott appoint to fill Sanders seat in the Senate?

No.

Not primarily because the Republicans who are likely to keep control of the Senate might find the appointment of a self-described socialist too provocative for their tastes.

Not even primarily because Sanders does not seem to be the first choice of the labor movement. Its leaders no doubt appreciate his pro-union record and rhetoric. But it was notable that when signs of Sanders interest in the job first surfaced in an Oct. 22 article in Politico, there was a near-total absence of enthusiasm expressed by top officials of the big unions.

No surprise. They weren’t his biggest fans. As Sanders sought the presidential nomination, the big labor federation – the 12.5-million AFL-CIO –  and such powerful unions as the United Auto Workers and AFSCME stayed neutral until Biden had effectively won the nomination, then endorsed him. It was clear that Biden had been their first choice all along.

Those union leaders also no doubt have their own preferences for the labor secretary spot, men and women as knowledgeable as Sanders about labor relations, just as pro-union, less objectionable to some unions and many business leaders.

Besides, while Biden is no doubt grateful for how energetically Sanders supported him, the president-elect is a politically astute fellow who understands that he got nominated because he is not Bernie Sanders. The Democratic Party did not nominate Joe Biden as much as it nominated the alternative to Sanders. Joe Biden won the nomination because he was the last “Not Bernie” standing.

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Some Democrats are already turning down Joe for his cabinet picks, and it's a smart move. It's a sinking ship already before the maiden voyage.

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4 hours ago, MovieMadness said:

Don’t expect Sanders to be in Biden’s cabinet

From Washington comes word that President-elect Joe Biden will start filling senior White House positions soon, with an eye toward completing his cabinet not long after Thanksgiving.

Does that mean it’s time for Vermonters to wonder whether Sen. Bernie Sanders is going to be secretary of labor, and if so who might Gov. Phil Scott appoint to fill Sanders seat in the Senate?

No.

Not primarily because the Republicans who are likely to keep control of the Senate might find the appointment of a self-described socialist too provocative for their tastes.

Not even primarily because Sanders does not seem to be the first choice of the labor movement. Its leaders no doubt appreciate his pro-union record and rhetoric. But it was notable that when signs of Sanders interest in the job first surfaced in an Oct. 22 article in Politico, there was a near-total absence of enthusiasm expressed by top officials of the big unions.

No surprise. They weren’t his biggest fans. As Sanders sought the presidential nomination, the big labor federation – the 12.5-million AFL-CIO –  and such powerful unions as the United Auto Workers and AFSCME stayed neutral until Biden had effectively won the nomination, then endorsed him. It was clear that Biden had been their first choice all along.

Those union leaders also no doubt have their own preferences for the labor secretary spot, men and women as knowledgeable as Sanders about labor relations, just as pro-union, less objectionable to some unions and many business leaders.

Besides, while Biden is no doubt grateful for how energetically Sanders supported him, the president-elect is a politically astute fellow who understands that he got nominated because he is not Bernie Sanders. The Democratic Party did not nominate Joe Biden as much as it nominated the alternative to Sanders. Joe Biden won the nomination because he was the last “Not Bernie” standing.

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Some Democrats are already turning down Joe for his cabinet picks, and it's a smart move. It's a sinking ship already before the maiden voyage.

So you think!

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6 hours ago, MovieMadness said:

Don’t expect Sanders to be in Biden’s cabinet

From Washington comes word that President-elect Joe Biden will start filling senior White House positions soon, with an eye toward completing his cabinet not long after Thanksgiving.

Does that mean it’s time for Vermonters to wonder whether Sen. Bernie Sanders is going to be secretary of labor, and if so who might Gov. Phil Scott appoint to fill Sanders seat in the Senate?

No.

Not primarily because the Republicans who are likely to keep control of the Senate might find the appointment of a self-described socialist too provocative for their tastes.

Not even primarily because Sanders does not seem to be the first choice of the labor movement. Its leaders no doubt appreciate his pro-union record and rhetoric. But it was notable that when signs of Sanders interest in the job first surfaced in an Oct. 22 article in Politico, there was a near-total absence of enthusiasm expressed by top officials of the big unions.

No surprise. They weren’t his biggest fans. As Sanders sought the presidential nomination, the big labor federation – the 12.5-million AFL-CIO –  and such powerful unions as the United Auto Workers and AFSCME stayed neutral until Biden had effectively won the nomination, then endorsed him. It was clear that Biden had been their first choice all along.

Those union leaders also no doubt have their own preferences for the labor secretary spot, men and women as knowledgeable as Sanders about labor relations, just as pro-union, less objectionable to some unions and many business leaders.

Besides, while Biden is no doubt grateful for how energetically Sanders supported him, the president-elect is a politically astute fellow who understands that he got nominated because he is not Bernie Sanders. The Democratic Party did not nominate Joe Biden as much as it nominated the alternative to Sanders. Joe Biden won the nomination because he was the last “Not Bernie” standing.

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Some Democrats are already turning down Joe for his cabinet picks, and it's a smart move. It's a sinking ship already before the maiden voyage.

Do you even read what you post?    Nowhere does it say Sanders would turn down an offer by Biden to be in his cabinet. 

Instead it says Biden is highly unlikely to offer Sanders a cabinet position.     

So what evidence do you have that "Some Democrats are already turning down Joe for his cabinet picks"?????

The same evidence Trump has of massive voter fraud.    NONE!!!!!

 

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2 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

So what evidence do you have that "Some Democrats are already turning down Joe for his cabinet picks"?????

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has requested the president-elect Joe Biden leave her name out of consideration when he assembles his first cabinet.

Ms Whitmer was understood to be on the shortlist of candidates for Mr Biden’s running mate before he picked Kamala Harris, and is among the favourites to be given a cabinet role instead.

But in an interview given to the WDIV Detroit news network on Sunday, when asked if she was set to join the Biden administration, Ms Whitmer’s answer was an unequivocal no.

She said: “I have been very clear all along that I have no intention of leaving.

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In other words, I don't want to be a part of Joe's Titanic.

 

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1 hour ago, MovieMadness said:

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has requested the president-elect Joe Biden leave her name out of consideration when he assembles his first cabinet.

She said: “I have been very clear all along that I have no intention of leaving.

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In other words, I don't want to be a part of Joe's Titanic.

 

No, in other words, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer probably feels because her personal security force in the state of Michigan so very effectively kept a bunch of moronic Trump supporters from kidnapping her and possibly worse, she feels she has a far better chance to continue living (and I mean living AND breathing) where she is NOW than instead of in Washington D.C.!!!

(...that's MY guess, anyway)

LOL

 

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1 hour ago, Swithin said:

Well at least Sarah Sanders won't be in Biden's cabinet either. 

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So Swithin, how do ya feel about the guy Trump most recently sacked? Sorry, I mean fired. (boy, you're a bad influence on me, Swithin...you've got ME talkin' like one of those Limeys now too)

Well anyway, how would you feel about Trump's now ex-Secretary of Defense Mark Esper? YOU know, the guy who had the balls to tell our Juvenile-in-Chief that using U.S. Army troops to quell those urban protest disturbances MIGHT not exactly be a "good move"?

(...hey, ANYONE who'd have the balls to tell Fat Boy that to his face, couldn't be ALL bad, now could HE?!)

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12 hours ago, MovieMadness said:

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has requested the president-elect Joe Biden leave her name out of consideration when he assembles his first cabinet.

Ms Whitmer was understood to be on the shortlist of candidates for Mr Biden’s running mate before he picked Kamala Harris, and is among the favourites to be given a cabinet role instead.

But in an interview given to the WDIV Detroit news network on Sunday, when asked if she was set to join the Biden administration, Ms Whitmer’s answer was an unequivocal no.

She said: “I have been very clear all along that I have no intention of leaving.

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In other words, I don't want to be a part of Joe's Titanic.

 

Ok,  you found one but why didn't you just post that initially instead of that misdirection post about Sanders.

In addition if Whitmer had taken a cabinet position you would be complaining that she abandoned her post and was selfish.

 

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As a Michigander(and one who does watch the WDIV newscasts) all I recall is that the NEWS service asked if she would consider taking a cabinet post in Biden's administration, but no mention that she was ever approached by Biden about it.  And to be clear while it's true she was on a short list of potential Biden running mates, it was she who requested to be taken out of contention for that. 

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