Maybe.

The other Biden appointee proposals represent a great deal of specific competence in their respective assignments, and ought to be a great deal less controversial... but Neera Tanden is a liberal firebrand, and her mention has ignited a great deal of angst among the right wing chattering class.

Could it be that she's not really the serious candidate... but meant to let the right wing vent a bit before a more moderate candidate is announced?

Discuss among yourselves