Bill Kristol Mockingly Blames Biden for Tanden Troubles: He Should’ve Realized ‘His Former Colleagues Were Just Babies’


The Bulwark editor-at-large Bill Kristol took a tongue-in-cheek shot at President Joe Biden, blaming him for the highly uncertain fate of his OMB Director nominee Neera Tanden.

During a Wednesday night appearance on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront, the conservative author, who is a personal friend of Tanden’s, defended her against a growing Senate resistance to her confirmation. Senators have repeatedly cited a wealth of flame war insults and mean Tweets that Tanden had posted online to justify their opposition.

“As I said, Bill, multiple wrongs don’t make a right,” host Erin Burnett noted, alluding to the literal hundreds, if not thousands, of insulting and vitriolic tweets posted by Donald Trump. “But [Sen. John] Kennedy stood there and defended tweets I think of an attitude should concern every person on the planet from the former president, and had no problem with those.”

“It’s all in my view is ridiculous, kind of ridiculous to blame the White House,” Kristol said, before parodying that exact argument. “Maybe Joe Biden, having served in the Senate for so long, should have realized so many of his former colleagues were just babies.”

Mike Pompeo was confirmed 66-32 for the CIA in 2017. That is a traditionally, really non-partisan job, much more than OMB,” Kristol pointed out. “Pompeo had been a tough partisan congressman. He was not unqualified either and I’m not sure how I would’ve voted on that myself, but he got 66 votes, all the Republicans and a bunch of Democrats. Neera Tanden, who ran a major think tank, who’s a tough-minded policy expert but who was involved in politics and criticized a few senators, and now they’re going to defeat her?”

“I’m a friend of hers so I’m a little biased,” Kristol conceded, before returning to the hitting some senators’ thin skin. “As if the tweets are an issue, it’s ridiculous. Senator Kennedy gave it away: It’s not the tweets, but actually it is the tweets.”

Watch the video above, via CNN.

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