It’s a tradition that stretches back at least as far as George W. Bush. In a bow to bipartisanship, you appoint a member of the opposite party to a senior position.
Nobody has preached bipartisanship like Joe Biden. And no one has done less to foster it, as Biden plans to ram another huge spending bill through Congress without Republican support and names liberal activists to his administration.
According to the Washington Times:
“President Biden so far has not named a single Republican to his Cabinet and has stacked his administration with liberal activists, despite a campaign for the White House on a pledge to restore unity and bipartisanship in Washington.
“It’s also a break with a White House tradition that made his predecessors more bipartisan in filling top administration jobs. Each of the past three presidents had members of the opposing party in either high-ranking White House posts or Cabinet positions.
“Former President Donald Trump named two Democrats, Gary Cohn and Peter Navarro, to his White House staff upon taking office. Mr. Trump also appointed Steven T. Mnuchin, a onetime Democrat turned Republican, as his Treasury secretary. Mr. Mnuchin’s appointment in 2017 came just months after he donated to Kamala Harris’ campaign for U.S. Senate.
“Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush also had at least one or two bipartisan Cabinet members.
“For Mr. Bush, it was Norman Mineta, a onetime Democratic congressman from California, as transportation secretary in his first term. Mr. Obama had two well-known Republicans in his first-term Cabinet, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former GOP congressman from Illinois. In his second term, Mr. Obama named Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska as defense secretary.”