In the weeks leading up to Election Day, reports emerged indicating that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was making a push to become Democrat nominee Joe Biden’s Secretary of Labor. Sanders, himself, confirmed such reports about a week after the election.
However, according to a report from Newsmax, it now appears that Sanders has been shut out of Biden’s inner circle and will not get a position in a Joe Biden administration.
A potential high-level cabinet position was suspected to be one of the motivators for Sanders’ decision to campaign on Biden’s behalf after losing to him in the primary. But, it now looks like Sanders, once again, drew the short straw and will be left out of a Biden administration, should one come to pass.
Newsmax cited a number of sources for its report, including several big-time union leaders.
“AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka and American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees President Lee Saunders both reportedly told Biden ‘thumbs down’ to Sanders,” the outlet reports.
Also against the appointment of Sanders would be Bob Juliano, a retired lobbyist for a major restaurant workers’ union who has known Biden since the 1970s. According to Juliano, “secretary of labor is just not a good fit for Bernie.”
Still other sources told Newsmax that “Democrats who aren’t complete imbeciles will be chastened by the close election results — Biden barely won, Republicans gained seats in the House — and will be less eager to push a radical agenda.”
It does indeed seem to be the case . . .
. . . That Biden is going to stay away from appointing anyone from the far-left progressive contingent of the party to his cabinet. Instead, it looks like Biden is going to try to reestablish the swamp that Donald Trump spent four years draining.
It was expected that this week Biden would start to name the individuals who will be part of his administration, and he has already begun doing just that.
Newsmax, in a separate article, reports that Biden has chosen John Kerry to lead the way on climate change. Kerry, like Biden, has made the rounds in politics, having been a secretary of state, a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, and, at one point, even a Democratic presidential candidate.
Biden has nominated Alejandro Mayorkas, a former member of the Obama administration, to be the secretary for the Department of Homeland Security; he has nominated Jake Sullivan, a former Hillary Clinton aide, to be his national security adviser; he has nominated Antony Blinken, another Obama administration member, to be his secretary of state; and he has nominated Janet Yellen, who worked in the Bill Clinton administration, to chair the Federal Reserve.
The good news, assuming Biden does go on to become president, is that the far-left doesn’t look like it’s going to be represented in Biden’s administration. The bad news is that it appears that Biden will try to re-entrench establishment Democrats.