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Biden bids to placate the left as he builds centrist transition team

Added 11-29-20 09:09:02am EST - “The president-elect has brought in a mix of experience and diversity ?" but more telling is who Biden hasn't appointed” - Theguardian.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theguardian.com: “Biden bids to placate the left as he builds centrist transition team”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The president-elect has brought in a mix of experience and diversity – but more telling is who Biden hasn’t appointed

So far, Joe Biden has avoided one of the biggest potential pitfalls of the transition process that will end with him moving into the White House: infuriating the left wing of the Democratic party.

Yet Biden’s transition has also yielded the results he wanted in terms of ushering in a team of experienced figures drawn mostly from his own circle of friends and advisers who have given a decidedly centrist tone to the incoming administration.

Biden has so far named his senior staff, who don’t require confirmation from the Senate, to a generally positive response. As he’s begun unveiling his nominations for cabinet secretary positions, the reaction from leftist quarters of the Democratic party – and its cadre of often young activists primed to attack – has mostly turned out to be be a mix of yawning and marginal grumbling.

There has also been applause for naming women and people of color to top posts in an administration that also includes Kamala Harris as vice-president.

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