That is, till she turned fairly apologetic after Mr. Biden nominated her to be his funds director.
“I do think the last several years have been very polarizing, and I apologize for my language that has contributed to that,” Ms. Tanden informed members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs this month. “I know it’s on me to demonstrate to this committee and to Republican members and Democratic members I can work with anyone.” She famous that she had deleted many of her previous tweets.
Not an issue, as a result of Republicans had been very happy to refresh her, and everybody else’s, reminiscence of them.
“You wrote that Susan Collins is, quote, ‘the worst,’ that Tom Cotton is a fraud,” stated Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, scolding Ms. Tanden. “How do you plan to mend fences and build relationships with members of Congress you have attacked through your public statements?”
Mr. Portman went on to learn just a few extra examples, together with Ms. Tanden’s assertion that “vampires have more heart than Ted Cruz.” (Mr. Cruz, who was quickly sure for Cancún, was one of the few individuals who appeared to be having much less enjoyable than Ms. Tanden.)
As know-how evolves, so do the Washington guidelines of the highway. In the previous, potential job candidates could possibly be derailed by numerous “indiscretions,” “past statements” or sure issues that they may have stated “in the heat of the moment.” All of which is mainly Twitter in a nutshell.
“People who want big jobs in Washington are always told to ‘avoid a paper trail,’” stated Tevi Troy, a presidential historian and a White House official beneath President George W. Bush. This usually referred solely to doubtlessly inflammatory books, articles or speeches. Then Twitter got here alongside and provided a brand new and treacherous form of paper path. Now anybody can destroy themselves in 280 characters or much less in just some seconds.
“It’s almost worse than a paper trail,” Mr. Troy stated of Twitter. “It is more like a diary of what you’re thinking at any given moment.”