Biden’s deputy chief of staff pick calls Republicans ‘f*****s’ while celebrating call for unity
Joe Biden won this election – or at least believes he won this election – by promoting a theme centered on unity, healing and cooperation.
As one example, after the Electoral College certified his victory on Monday, Biden said, “Now it is time to turn the page, to unite, to heal.” He also promised to be “president for all Americans.”
Then, literally in the same speech, as Politico reported, Biden “decried Republicans’ numerous legal challenges of the election results as an ‘unprecedented assault on our democracy'” – as opposed to Team Trump’s real purpose, which was raising and answering legitimate questions about fishy voting procedures and practices.
Similarly, Biden’s staff apparently got the memo about encasing that extended iron middle finger in a velvet glove.
On Tuesday, Glamour magazine posted its interview with Jen O’Malley Dillon, Biden’s campaign manager who will serve as White House deputy chief of staff.
In response to a question about her relationship with her husband and the connection been love and politics, O’Malley Dillon replied, “It’s challenging for us to do that right now, because of how polarized we are. But politics breaks down to one-on-one conversations and not being afraid to talk. I get that you’re not supposed to talk politics at the holiday dinner. Well, f–k that. It’s because we don’t do that that we are in this situation now.”
“I also think, as in love, compromise is a good thing. The atmosphere in the world now is like, ‘Oh, if you compromise, you don’t believe in something.’ No, it’s: I believe in it so much that I’m going to work to find a path we can both go down together. That feels to me like the heart of relationships and love and success across the board.”
Cue the violins, and pan the cameras to Matt Gaetz and Nancy Pelosi strolling hand-in-hand down the beach as the surf laps at their bare feet.
That’s because, like her boss did in his speech, O’Malley Dillon showed in the same interview how flimsy this political foundation of “compromise,” “relationships,” and “one-on-one conversations” really is.
Asked whether this attitude within the Biden administration may mean “redefining” compromise, she added, “Yes, exactly. And frankly, that’s what we need.”
“The president-elect was able to connect with people over this sense of unity. In the primary, people would mock him, like, ‘You think you can work with Republicans?’ I’m not saying they’re not a bunch of f–kers. Mitch McConnell is terrible. But this sense that you couldn’t wish (emphasis original) for that, you couldn’t wish for this bipartisan ideal? He rejected that.”
The problem with her take is that Biden voters would have backed a potted plant if they thought it could rid them of Trump.
Last month, the CBC, Canada’s public news network, took a look at America’s election and noted a Pew Research Center poll from August that found “66 per cent of (President Donald) Trump supporters said they were supporting him strongly, while 46 per cent of Biden supporters said the same for their candidate.” Another poll by the Institute of Public Opinion at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania discovered “82 per cent of Trump supporters were very enthusiastic about their candidate, compared to 48 per cent for Biden.”
Christopher Borick, a political science professor and director of the Institute of Public Opinion, told the CBC, “It’s not that Democrats or people that voted for Biden didn’t like him. They have a general favourable view. But it’s hard to identify a lot of excitement about his candidacy. The excitement came from the idea of getting rid of Donald Trump in the White House.”
In short, Biden’s problem is that he cannot please both sides, and lacks the charisma or clout to pull others along with him.
On one hand, progressives are already upset because his Cabinet picks aren’t radical enough, and won’t stand for him trying to work with the GOP. Meanwhile, Republicans will have long memories of the nasty things he and the media said about Trump.
But O’Malley Dillon spelled out the game plan. As she told Glamour, “You can’t do politics alone. If the other person is not willing to do the work, then that becomes really hard.”
And there you have it.
As we saw with his former boss, we should expect Biden to toss out a bunch of ridiculous ideas – such as amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants, repealing the Trump tax cuts, or forcing religious groups to sacrifice their beliefs on the altar of LGBTQism — that Republicans will eschew, and then his administration will blame “terrible” Sen. Mitch McConnell and his merry band of “f–kers” for obstructing progress.
Indeed, unity and healing await.