Progressive Democratic Senators are unlikely to take seats in a Joe Biden government after a very poor result in the congressional election.
Progressives hoping for influence in a Biden cabinet
Before the election, when hopes of a so-called “blue wave” among the left grew, there were numerous proposals that prominent progressive Democratic senators such as Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) under a Biden presidency ), could take their place in its administration.
A confidante of Sanders told Politico in October that he was considering the position of Minister of Labor.
“I can confirm that he’s trying to figure out how to get that role or something,” the source said. “He personally has an interest in it.”
Progressive groups also pushed Warren to head the Treasury Department because of their criticism over the years of the big banks and Wall Street.
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The same leaders had said they learned their lesson from 2008 when they didn’t get top jobs in the Obama administration.
“I think Progressives in 2008 focused solely on the elections and didn’t pay much attention to the transition. They reaped what they didn’t sow,” said Jeff Hauser, executive director of the Revolving Door Project, a progressive group designed to Review executive appointments.
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“I think the situation will be a little different in 2020 if you include corporate interests but also have progressive interests,” he added.
Progressives are pushing for Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders in the potential Biden cabinet https://t.co/2eQJUHabkw
– Fox News (@FoxNews) October 27, 2020
No chance if Republicans keep the Senate
However, it seems that these dreams will not come true. While the media had no hesitation in crowning Biden as elected president, it could not ignore the Democrats’ utter failure to make a profit at the Congress level.
Not only have the Democrats been unable to change the balance of power in the Senate at the time of writing, but have also lost around six seats so far.
With the Senate potentially remaining Republican, sources have confirmed that Warren and Sanders have absolutely no chance of a cabinet position if McConnell remains majority leader. If either of them left, they would be replaced by their respective governors – in Warren’s case, hers is a Republican.
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“The Biden administration has to be much more sensitive about where you are from when you look at members of Congress,” Democratic representative Gerry Connolly told Politico. “We cannot afford to put seats in danger.”
“Would Americans really want an avowed socialist to run the Department of Labor?” asked John Hanson of Political Insider in October.
The answer seems to be no.