Because Cornyn has not always been, um, so vigilant when it comes to things that are said on Twitter by prominent political figures.
Which is very different than his outrage over Tanden’s tweets, right?
The difference? Tanden is the OMB nominee of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. Trump is, well, Trump — the Republican president and titular head of Cornyn’s party.
Cornyn is far from alone in exerting this clear partisan double standard.
To be clear: It is well within Republican senators’ rights to oppose Tanden at OMB. And if Republicans retain the Senate majority following two runoffs in Georgia on January 5, Tanden will need at least one GOP senator to cross party lines and vote for her in order to be confirmed.
What is rich — given the past four-plus years — is how many Republican senators are basing their initial skepticism of or opposition to Tanden’s nomination on her past tweets. Because you don’t get to selectively ignore explosive tweets from the President of the United States and then argue that tweets are disqualifying for someone solely because they are a Democrat.
If using Twitter to make personal attacks and calling people names is disqualifying, Republican senators should have said so years ago.