Biden puts premium on Cabinet choices’ ability to be confirmed, early picks show

President-elect Joe Biden’s first round of Cabinet picks reflect a cautious approach to the Senate confirmation process, with Biden choosing government veterans with the highest probability of making it through rather than prominent left-wing ideologues who would likely stir more opposition.

The announcement of Antony Blinken as his nominee for secretary of state, for example, signaled a return to the center-left Washington, D.C., consensus. Blinken, the former undersecretary of state during the Obama administration, is broadly considered to be a relative centrist who will gain the votes of several Republicans in confirmation hearings.

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