Monday Reads: Biden/Harris Administration gives voice to Women in Leadership Positions

Symone Sanders will be the chief spokesperson and advisor for VP Harris

Good Day Sky Dancers!

Women Economists may finally be coming into our own with our own.  I spent decades being the only American woman in the classroom and the boardroom and was frequently the CEO’s brain much to the chagrin of several Marketing Departments.

It’s just amazing to see Janet Yellen shatter a glass ceiling yet again. You may recall that I live blogged a speech of hers in Denver for the FMA meetings here awhile back before she was promoted as the first women to serve as Fed Chair.   She’s one of the most competent, cool headed leaders I’ve ever met.  She was key to the last economic recovery and I’m certain she’ll handle this one with aplomb.

Biden also announced some amazing women to run the White House Communications and to key National Security Positions.  I’m going to highlight a few in the news today.

This is from the AP link above.

 President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced his senior economic team, including his plans to nominate the first woman to head the Treasury Department as well as several liberal economists and policy specialists who established their credentials during the previous two Democratic administrations.

In a statement, Biden said he would nominate Janet Yellen, the former Federal Reserve chair, to lead the Treasury Department, and former Clinton and Obama adviser Neera Tanden to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget. He also named Wally Adeyemo, a former Obama administration official and the first CEO of the former president’s nonprofit foundation, as his nominee for deputy treasury secretary. He also unveiled his White House economic team, consisting of economists Cecilia Rouse, Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey.

Biden, who has placed a premium on diversity in his selection of Cabinet nominees and key advisers, is looking to notch a few firsts with his economic team selections. Yellen would be the first woman to lead the Treasury Department and Adeyemo the first Black deputy secretary. Tanden would be the first woman of color to lead OMB and Rouse the first woman of color to chair the Council of Economic Advisers.

I about fell over today when I saw this tweet:

Neera Tanden speaking at the University of Michigan in 2018

The Trumpists are after Ms Tanden like flies diving a glass of fine wine.  They’re joined by the gnats of the “progressive” left also which has been the alignment of things since Hillary ran for office.  So, Republicans think she a liberal activist and way too socialist while the socialist wannabes on left think she’s a capitalist potted plant.  Republicans intend to fight the nomination but it sounds like it’s because she hurt their little fee fees while she was running the Center for American Progress.  Sheesh, these Republican old Men are such wimps!

A spokesperson for Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Sunday that President-elect Joe Biden’s reported pick to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has “no chance” of being confirmed by the Senate should Republicans remain in control next year.

In a tweet, Cornyn spokesman Drew Brandewie said that Center for American Progress head Neera Tanden’s past history of “disparaging comments about the Republican Senators’ whose votes she’ll need” made her confirmation highly unlikely. Tanden would need 51 votes in the Senate to become head of the OMB; Democrats currently control 48 seats in the Senate, though they are hoping to pick up two more in Georgia as the state’s Senate elections head to runoffs in January.

You can read the bios of both women and others here at Build Back Better Government.  There’s a section on each of the areas where appointments have been announced. Including, that of my fellow Omahan Symone Sanders pictured above and her colleagues in the White House Communications area.

Yellen may fare better in confirmation hearings.

Dr. Cecilia Elena Rouse soon to be Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors

Biden and Harris will receive their first official briefing to day according to the Hill.

The briefing is a collection of high-level intelligence information and other materials pertinent to issues of national security prepared for the president by senior officials and advisers.

A president-elect typically begins receiving the briefings in the weeks before they are inaugurated to ensure a smooth transition process and protect the nation’s interests at home and abroad. The White House reportedly signed off on the briefings for Biden last week.

Since he was projected as the winner of the presidential election earlier this month, Biden has spent the last several weeks meeting with members of his transition team and rolling out Cabinet picks.

Last week, Biden announced the following key Cabinet nominations: Antony Blinken to be secretary of State, Avril Haines to be director of national intelligence and Alejandro Mayorkas as head of Homeland Security.

Trump still refuses to conceded and even today, they’re still rolling out Election conspiracy stuff.  Here’s Amanda Marcotte’s take via Slate.

On Sunday morning, Donald Trump let loose with what may be his most unhinged performance yet — which is really saying something — of his extended effort to pretend the election was stolen from him by President-elect Joe Biden. In a 45-minute interview on Fox News with host Maria Bartiromo, which was more like an uninterrupted dramatic monologue, Trump unloaded an absolute truckload of lies. He lied about ballots and voting machines, claiming that millions of fake votes were recorded. He suggested the FBI was “involved” in the imaginary conspiracy against him. He even said he “came up” with the coronavirus vaccines, a claim that is utterly ludicrous but will be swallowed without complaint by all the people who still mock Al Gore for claiming to have “invented” the internet — which Gore never actually said.

What’s especially weird about this whole situation is that Trump is doubling down on these false claims in the face of an epic failure to get his attempted coup off the ground. The recount that Trump demanded in Wisconsin — although his campaign only paid for a recount in two overwhelmingly Democratic counties — not only affirmed Biden’s win in that state, but increased the president-elect’s total by 87 votes. Meanwhile, Trump’s losing streak in the courts only got worse over the weekend, with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissing one Trump lawsuit with prejudice (meaning he can’t sue again regarding this matter) and another suit failing in the Third Circuit federal appeals court.

“Voters, not lawyers, choose the president,” federal judge Stephanos Bibas — a Trump appointee! — wrote in deciding the latter case.

And yet, Trump continues to invite more humiliation. He continued to rant on Twitter, promising, “We have some big things happening in our various litigations on the Election Hoax.” (Whoever he means by “we,” they do not.)

Worse yet, Trump has an army of liars at his disposal: The right-wing punditry, spread out across radio, TV and the internet, is largely bolstering these utterly false claims that the election was “rigged” and that Trump will somehow prevail in his efforts to steal the White House.

There are multiple reasons for this. Trump’s black hole of an ego makes it impossible for him to admit he lost the election, first of all. Most right-wing pundits are increasingly consumed by an authoritarian ideology that’s opposed to democracy, and they view these lies as a good way to undermine public trust. Republican politicians are eager to delegitimize Biden’s presidency, and also to lay the groundwork for more voter suppression tactics. By falsely accusing Democrats of cheating, in other words, Republicans create cover for their real-life cheating.

But as is usually the case with right-wing politics in the 21st century, a lot of this is about money. Trump’s voting base is a sea of suckers. He and the various grifters who make up most of the right-wing media are eager to drain those suckers dry. Stoking anger over the lost election and feeding people’s fantasies about stealing it is, by all appearances, a cash bonanza.

Rudy is currently going bonkers in Arizona and yes, the dead body of Hugo Chavez is once again in play.  He’s been resurrected more times than Jesus, I swear.


So, we’ve got like 50 days of the shit to endure.

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?


6 Comments on “Monday Reads: Biden/Harris Administration gives voice to Women in Leadership Positions”

  1. NW Luna says:

    Thanks for the synopsis on the women economic leaders. What a refreshing change to have competent people who are representative of the US and not rich white elderly conservative men.

  2. dakinikat says:

    Moderna has taken the next step:

  3. Enheduanna says:

    It occurred to me Dump must be eaten up that he couldn’t win a second term, but Obama easily won two terms. I bet it’s 90% of his agony over losing.

    Biden has sooo much to fix – happy to see the women economists. Remember when Brooksley Born was ignored about the housing bubble of 2008? At least women are being taken seriously finally.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Love the all-woman economic team and the all-woman communications team!

    • dakinikat says:

      Biden and Harris are going to have a public event with the team today. It might be interesting to see. One Black and one white man and the big wigs are women