A Republican is about to join the Biden administration. Well, sort of.
Politico reports that President Joe Biden is getting ready to name Cindy McCain, the wife of the late Sen. John McCain (R-AR), to an ambassador post.
“President JOE BIDEN is preparing to name Republican CINDY MCCAIN to a coveted ambassador post in Western Europe in what would be his administration’s first Republican appointee to a Senate-confirmed position,” the outlet reports.
Politico got all of this information from “two sources with knowledge of the matter.”
According to Politico, Biden is specifically looking to make McCain the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nation’s World Food Programme. This is a mission that is based in Rome.
Currently, Politico reports that McCain is being vetted to be nominated. McCain’s experience involves working on global food scarcity as well as global hunger issues. In the past, she has collaborated with the World Food Programme in various places throughout the world, including Africa and Southeast Asia.
We ought to expect the mainstream media to make a big deal out of this, as Politico already is, claiming that, in today’s heavily divided political world, this is some kind of healthy bipartisanship. Politico is quick to note that former President Donald Trump did not have a Democrat in his cabinet, whereas his three predecessors, including former President George W. Bush, did.
But, calling McCain a Republican, of course, is a bit of a mislabeling.
Over the past several years, McCain has been highly critical of Trump. She, in fact, endorsed Biden over Trump in the 2020 presidential election. She even created a video that was used during the Democratic National Convention last August. That video highlighted Biden’s multi-decade friendship with her late husband.
And, we all know what kind of Republican her husband was. In recent memory, what stands out the most is probably John McCain’s arrival at the Senate to cast his thumbs down vote that saved former President Barrack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
It is unclear when Biden will officially announce McCain’s nomination.
But, according to Politico, he plans to announce his ambassadors all at once, rather than individually.