In another triumph in the Year of Unqualified Cabinet Nominees, Ben Carson was just confirmed to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by a Senate vote of 58-41, with seven members of the Democratic caucus voting for Carson’s confirmation. Democratic caucus members voting ‘aye’ were Brown, Donnelly, Heitkamp, King, Manchin, Tester and Warner.
In addition to selecting people stunningly unqualified for the positions to which they have been nominated, Trump has taken this a step further by picking nominees who seem to oppose the very mission of the departments they are nominated to lead. As much as any other candidate in the last Republican presidential primaries, Carson expressed constant doubt about government’s ability to do anything to help people and his rhetoric has often gone further, suggesting that government often harms our most vulnerable.
“There are reasonable ways to use housing policy to enhance the opportunities available to lower-income citizens,” wrote Carson in a 2015 editorial bashing HUD under the Obama administration. “But based on the history of failed socialist experiments in this country, entrusting the government to get it right can prove downright dangerous.”
Oh, and he will also be a Housing Secretary without a sliver of housing experience.
And with that, I introduce the new head of that important department.