Two of the most radical progressives Democrats have already expressed their desire to be in a Biden Cabinet. Both would be a disaster for freedom loving Americans.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has expressed his willingness … nay, desire … to be Secretary of Labor. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren covets the Secretary of the Treasury job.
Were these two be placed in those positions, they would be the most politically extreme to ever hold those positions. From those perches, they could do great harm to the American free-enterprise system.
Their nominations would also show that Biden is willing to be moved to the far left by those who surround him. It would be a payoff to the radical Democrats who held their collective noses and supported Biden once he had secured the Democrat presidential nomination over Sanders and Warren.
In many ways, it is a tightrope for Biden. Such appointments would scare the hell out of the (relatively) moderate wing of the Democratic Party – and provide stronger footing for Republicans in the 2022 midterm election.
I suspect Biden would prefer not to put those two in his Cabinet because even he may consider them too radical for his administration.
In this case, however, Biden has the luck of the Irish – and so do we the people.
You see, Biden has a compelling reason to NOT appoint Sanders and Warren to anything in his administration. Thanks to the voters of Vermont and Massachusetts, both states have Republican governors who would have the power to appoint replacements for them. That would mean two more Republican seats.
If the GOP is successful in winning both Georgia runoff elections – which is the predicted outcome at this moment — the Party would have a two-vote majority. If you add two more seats, any hope of Democrats gaining control of the Senate would be greatly diminished.
If Democrats were to win the two Georgia seats, it would be a 50/50 tie in the Senate, with the Vice President serving as the tie-breaker – ergo Democrat control.
It would be insane to lose even that remote possibility by allowing Republicans to seat two more – meaning that a Democrat victory in Georgia would not get them control of the Senate.
The situation gives Biden a “gosh darn it” excuse to the radicals on the left – who loooooove Sanders and Warren – and, at the same time, spares the nation the misfortune of their service in the Cabinet.
That is not to say that Biden may not find some equally outrageous nominations, but it would be very risky in the long run.
Limiting Sanders and Warren to being two of 100 senators in a Republican controlled Senate should diminish their influence greatly. And that is a good thing.