Megan Cassella and Alice Miranda Ollstein published an article at Politico this morning titled “Biden eyes GOP candidates for Cabinet slots.” This should not come as a surprise to those who understand that Democrats and Republicans agree on a wide variety of issues. In fact, it is remarkably on brand for a man who spent over three decades in the Senate shitting on liberal initiatives and legislating like a Republican. Nonetheless, some progressives are confused by the move.
Jeff Hauser, director of the Revolving Door Project, reacted: “I don’t understand why someone who says, ‘I am the Democratic Party,’ would then hand benefits to someone who’s not a Democrat.” What’s not to understand here? The Democrats and Republicans are in unison on many significant issues, most notably a murderous foreign policy and an economy dominated by billionaires and soul-sucking corporations. Remember the CARES act, that criminal piece of legislation which initiated the largest upward transfer of wealth in history? It passed with near unanimity in the House and 96–0 in the Senate.
Biden appointing Republicans to his Cabinet seems almost a certainty when you consider how he legislated during his 34-year tenure as a US Senator. David Sirota shrewdly pointed out on Useful Idiots last week that Joe Biden “came of political age in the 80s and 90s and in that era it was considered the smartest, shrewdest, most savvy politics to triangulate yourself against the base of the Democratic Party.” In 1995, he bragged about his adherence to conservative values in consistently pushing for cuts to Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare. As recently as late 2018, Biden gleefully proposed cuts to Social Security and Medicare. So again, why is Hauser confused that a man who legislated like a Republican for three decades would nominate a Republican to his Cabinet?
We need to be completely honest with ourselves about both the Democratic Party and Joe Biden. It’s common knowledge at this point that the Democratic party represents the wishes of billionaires and corporations. And if we honestly assess his legislative record as a Senator, we can only come to the conclusion that Joe Biden is not our ally. Once we realize this, we’ll no longer be surprised or confused when he does something against the will of the people. And if he’s elected, we’ll be better positioned to fight back.