President-elect Joe Biden has announced his first few cabinet assignments. This signaled the true kickoff of the transition President Donald Trump delayed more than two weeks by having the General Services Administration (GSA) refuse to accept the results of the election.
Biden's early handful of appointments went for positions dedicated to foreign policy and national security such as Secretary of State, Secretary of Homeland Security, and National Security Advisor.
And Biden's picks appeared to please most people across the Democratic party. Progressives didn't feel alienated and moderate leaning critics didn't feel spooked.
Voices from the Republican party, on the other hand, weren't so warm and welcoming.
Just take a look at Florida Senator Marco Rubio's complaint on Twitter following the announcement. In a bizarre critique, Rubio just couldn't stand how well-qualified and educated the new crew looked.
The Senator put it best himself:
"Biden's cabinet picks went to Ivy League schools, have strong resumes, attend all the right conferences & will be polite & orderly caretakers of America's decline."
"I support American greatness"
"And I have no interest in returning to the 'normal' that left us dependent on China"
Biden’s cabinet picks went to Ivy League schools,have strong resumes,attend all the right conferences & will be pol… https://t.co/x852yuuLeH— Marco Rubio (@Marco Rubio)1606226908.0
People slammed Rubio for complaining that a change to qualified cabinet members was a negative.
Rubio kicking off his 2024 campaign by attacking... strong résumés. https://t.co/4BYa79PC1q— Adam (@Adam)1606230342.0
@marcorubio Are you disappointed that they are not grifters, traitors like the current WH.— Ricky (@Ricky)1606267817.0
@marcorubio Yeah we know you’re used to scandal surrounded unqualified corrupt puppets connected to Putin. That time is over.— Scott Dworkin (@Scott Dworkin)1606232751.0
@marcorubio https://t.co/2KBf4cHWl8— MakeAmericaSaneAgain_2020 (@MakeAmericaSaneAgain_2020)1606232887.0
@marcorubio Imagine using the fact they're educated, have experience, are polite and orderly, as a negative. How da… https://t.co/dPTBn44iIh— JenMcPenn (@JenMcPenn)1606235829.0
@marcorubio You are, without a doubt, the most pathetic and miserable person on Twitter today.— Rachel Vindman (@Rachel Vindman)1606242171.0
Most simply reminded the Senator of the members of Trump's cabinet and the schools they attended.
@marcorubio The shameless hypocrite has some thoughts. 🙄— Chidi®️ (@Chidi®️)1606227097.0
@funder @marcorubio Trump — UPenn Pompeo — Harvard Law Mnuchin — Yale Esper — Harvard Barr — Columbia Ross — Yale +… https://t.co/KtfY3J8dOn— 𝘾𝙤𝙤𝙡 𝘽𝙡𝙪𝙚 Persuasion 🆒💙🗽🇺🇸 (@𝘾𝙤𝙤𝙡 𝘽𝙡𝙪𝙚 Persuasion 🆒💙🗽🇺🇸)1606232819.0
All Twitter humor aside, Rubio's tweet did demonstrate his apparent opposition to at least these first few cabinet picks.
It's worth noting all cabinet nominations are confirmed by the Senate, which at this time is controlled by a Republican majority.
Rubio's tweet could be the earliest indication of which way one of those 100 confirming votes will go.
Of course, Rubio is only one of many. Maybe some in the GOP don't mind cabinet members who are actually competent.