Mean Tweeter Neera Tanden has withdrawn her nomination for OMB, while Xavier Becerra seems to be poised for confirmation at HHS — despite the fact that his radical record makes him far more divisive and worrying a pick than Tanden (a Bernie critic) would have been in her spot.
For one thing, if you can watch this clip without becoming infuriated at Becerra’s smug evasions, you’re a better man than I. (If you’re a woman, you’re certainly a better woman than I, but that has little to do with this clip.)
Mikekoshi aka nofanofcablecos wrote a piece recently about the Little Sisters of the Poor case and I have been meaning to take it apart but have not had the time. Long story short: even CNN’s expert admits the case was really about the rights asserted by the Little Sisters of the Poor:
“California did not name the Little Sisters in the original document; in that respect, they only ‘sued’ the federal government,” Adam White, a resident scholar at the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute told CNN. “But the entire point of their lawsuit was to revoke the rights that the government had granted to the Little Sisters and other groups, which California admitted by arguing that the Little Sisters’ rights were precisely the thing that the US government was defending in this case.”
David French wrote much more about Becerra in December here. In addition to the Little Sisters of the Poor case, he notes that “Becerra zealously defended a California law that forced pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise for free and low-cost abortions,” “defied the [then] current HHS Office of Civil Rights to attempt to force churches to provide abortion coverage,” and also “selectively and aggressively prosecuted an undercover pro-life activist” who had investigated Planned Parenthood.
But hey, at least he didn’t write any mean tweets we know of!
Becerra is not an example of bipartisanship. About the best you can say about his incipient confirmation is that California will rid itself of him and get a new Attorney General. Of course, this being California, it could end up being worse. (Patterico’s Law: it can always get worse.) (I’m sure someone else laid claim to that law before but I’m too lazy to look it up and I’m an inveterate thief of such things anyway, having stolen “Dog Trainer” from Harry Shearer and “always trust content from” from Mickey Kaus.)
I expect I’ll have plenty of things negative to say about Joe Biden over the next four years and this nomination is definitely one of them.