President Joe Biden's nomination of Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget suffered a crippling blow Friday afternoon. West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin announced that he would oppose Tanden's nomination, saying her "overtly partisan statements" will only stoke the dangerous political division that exists in D.C.
With Manchin's defection, it is now highly doubtful that Tanden's nomination will succeed. With the 50/50 split between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate, Democrats now likely lack the necessary votes to confirm her.
Manchin's announcement came after a group of 66 conservative leaders authored a memo that outlined Tanden's past provocative conduct.
"She has called Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) 'the worst,' Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) 'a fraud,' stated that 'vampires have more heart than Ted Cruz,' and called Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) 'Moscow Mitch' and 'Voldemort.' She has publicly insinuated that Russia helped the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Tanden has also stated that Republican Party's 'capacity for evil knows no bounds.'"
The authors of the memo said that Tanden lacks the "judgment, civility, [and] disposition" to be elevated from her partisan role at the left-wing Center for American Progress to such a significant job within the executive branch of American government.
Manchin apparently agreed, as he expressed in his statement a concern that Tanden's partisanship would have "a toxic and detrimental impact" on the working relationship between the legislative branch and Biden's administration.
"As I have said before, we must take meaningful steps to end the political division and dysfunction that pervades our politics," Manchin explained. "At a time of grave crisis, it is more important than ever that we chart a new bipartisan course that helps address the many serious challenges facing our nation."