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Republicans lean into uphill battle against 2 little-known Biden nominees

Added 04-19-21 04:43:02am EST - “Among the loudest complaints about Vanita Gupta and Kristen Clarke are coming from potential GOP presidential aspirants.” - Politico.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Politico.com: “Republicans lean into uphill battle against 2 little-known Biden nominees”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Among the loudest complaints about Vanita Gupta and Kristen Clarke are coming from potential GOP presidential aspirants.

Vice President Kamala Harris looks on as Vanita Gupta delivers remarks after being nominated to be U.S. associate attorney general. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The GOP almost certainly can’t stop Joe Biden from getting a lineup of leading progressives confirmed to senior Justice Department posts. But Republicans — especially those eyeing the White House — are eager to make the president’s party pay a political price.

Senate Republicans have spent weeks on a messaging binge portraying Vanita Gupta and Kristen Clarke, tapped for high-ranking DOJ positions, as "extreme" and "radical" nominees who will weaken law enforcement. The GOP base is soaking it up, with Fox News host Tucker Carlson showing a keen interest in typically humdrum sub-Cabinet confirmations and focusing several segments on Clarke.

The GOP attacks are making almost no dent with Democrats who view the effort as over-hyped and verging on character assassination, but they’re not the real audience for the campaign against Gupta and Clarke.

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