Biden’s failure to get Tanden confirmed follows other aborted presidential nominations in history

President Joe Biden suffered his first major setback in completing his Cabinet after the withdrawal this week of the nomination of Neera Tanden to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

While the collapse of the Tanden nomination is seen as a defeat for the new president and his White House, Biden is far from the first president to see a high profile nomination go down in flames — and surely won’t be the last.

BIDEN WHITE HOUSE PULLS TANDEN’S EMBATTLED NOMINATION AS BUDGET DIRECTOR

The long history of nominations that crashed and burned dates back to the earliest years of the republic. And failed nominations at the beginning of a presidency ended up having sometimes serious implications.

In this Dec. 1, 2020, file photo President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to serve as Director of the Office of Management and Budget Neera Tanden speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

In this Dec. 1, 2020, file photo President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to serve as Director of the Office of Management and Budget Neera Tanden speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

“Frequently when president’s come in, they have trouble with at least one nominee. What we found when you look back at history, those failed nominations often have long-term implications both for the administration itself, but also for how future nominees are judged,” said Tevi Troy, a presidential historian, former White House aide and author of Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump.”

In modern times, President George H.W. Bush’s nomination of John Tower as Defense secretary stands out. The Senate rejected the nomination of the former senator due to possible conflicts of interest and amid allegations of alcohol abuse and womanizing.

In this June 5, 1989 file photo, U.S. President George H.W. Bush holds a news conference at the White House in Washington, D.C.

In this June 5, 1989 file photo, U.S. President George H.W. Bush holds a news conference at the White House in Washington, D.C.
(Associated Press)

“The personal behavior of nominees became a new standard for nominees,” Troy noted. “Furthermore, Tower’s replacement as Secretary of Defense was Dick Cheney, helped successfully prosecute the first Gulf War…

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