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After a Smooth Start, Biden Faces Frustration Over Cabinet Picks

Leaks, surprise picks and jockeying for the remaining spots are all contributing to the pressure.

President-elect Joe Biden started his Cabinet rollout strong. He received high marks from all corners of the party for his economic team and seemed to be pursuing a “Goldilocks” strategy of choosing nominees that were acceptable to a wide swath of his coalition. He consulted key people, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), ensuring a smooth reception.

But the process seems to have gone off the rails since then, with the transition team battling leaks targeting women of color rumored to be under consideration, unease from some key allies, questions of whether people are being chosen for patronage or political reasons, and general confusion on some of the choices. 

“I think it’d be great to see a more cohesive vision across the entire Cabinet,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday. 

“One of the things I’m looking for when I see all of these picks put together is, what is the agenda? What is the, what is the overall vision going to be?” she added.