Experts blast Rob Portman for attacking Biden OMB pick: Mean tweets not ‘valid reason’ to block
Senator Rob Portman (Joshua Roberts/AFP)

Neera Tanden once tweeted that "vampires have more heart than Ted Cruz"

Political and government experts are blasting Senate Republicans, especially Ohio's Sen. Rob Portman, for trying to block the confirmation of President Joe Biden's pick to be the next Director of the powerful Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden.

Tanden, president of the progressive think tank Center for American Progress, is accused of posting some mean and "salty" tweets over the years about Republicans.

“I deeply regret and apologize for my language and some of my past language," Tanden told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Monday, as Politico reported. “I know I have to earn the trust of senators across the board."

Senator Rob Portman during her confirmation hearing read aloud some of the tweets criticizing Republicans, including Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Ted Cruz of Texas and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"Just to mention a few of the thousands of negative public statements," Portman accused, "you wrote that Susan Collins is the worst, that Tom Cotton is a fraud, that vampires have more heart than Ted Cruz. You called leader McConnell: Moscow Mitch and Voldemort, and on and on."

Ethics in government expert Walter Shaub, the former head of the Office of Government Ethics, on Tuesday tweeted, "Maybe I'm not the most objective observer of the issue, but 'your tweets about us were mean' doesn't seem like a valid reason not to confirm a qualified candidate."

He offered up a "compromise":

Shaub is far from the only one criticizing Portman and other Republican Senators, who as many observed, spent more than four years pretending to not be aware of all the "mean" and offensive tweets now-former President Donald Trump had posted, until his account was shut down for violating Twitter policies.

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