Even though she had strong words for the Republicans, she is optimistic about the next four years in office. Why? She believes that the Biden admnistration will be able to work with the GOP to pass important laws. In an interview with The Glamour magazine, she said:
‘[GOP lawmakers are] a bunch of f—ers [and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is] terrible.’
Glamour interviewed her in these few moments between the job she had and the one she is to have. Glennon Doyle started off the interview with something so many Americans were thinking:
‘So to start: Thank you for being here and for saving the world.’
O’Malley Dillon responsed modestly:
‘Well, it was a team effort, but we’re getting there.’
Then, Doyle asked her a big question:
‘In the moment you got the call from President-elect Biden, asking you to manage his world-defining 2020 presidential campaign, what was happening inside of you and how did you get to “yes”?’
O’Malley Dillon loved her cushy consultant job and her family. So, why she was taking a position managing Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), the Texas US representative who went to every country of his entire state? He was up against the incumbant Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). O’Rourke nearly unseated Cruz.
Then, O’Rourke decided to go for the president’s job, according to NBC News. That was when O’Malley Dillon entered the scene. She decided to take on this high-powered job:
‘I had a great life! I had a consulting firm, and I loved the work I did. I had three little kids. People thought I was crazy that I was even thinking about taking that job.’
There was something that pulled her forward, a “calling.” She also spoke about her marriage:
‘But I just had this sense—for both my husband and me, because you obviously can’t do any of this shit if you don’t have a partner that believes in it as much as you do and is willing to help. I just felt like, How do you answer to your kids when you look back on your life? How do you go on with your life without doing something to help? So I left all that stability. We moved to Texas. I moved three kids to El Paso, and my husband agreed to do it, and we made our lives work.’
America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.
The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not.
I will keep the faith that you have placed in me. pic.twitter.com/moA9qhmjn8
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 7, 2020
Politics does not come calling at convenient times. She had just discovered her father had cancer:
‘When it came to Vice President Biden, we had just around that time found out that my dad had cancer. We didn’t know how serious it was. And I asked myself, “Am I even up for this?” This is scary shit, and everything is at stake. In the end, I just really felt called. I had to do something. And I believed in the vice president. It was kind of as simple as that.’
Astonished people would come up to her and ask “You think you can work with Republicans?” She responded:
‘I’m not saying they’re not a bunch of fuckers. Mitch McConnell is terrible. But this sense that you couldn’t wish for that, you couldn’t wish for this bipartisan ideal? He rejected that. From start to finish, he set out with this idea that unity was possible, that together we are stronger, that we, as a country, need healing, and our politics needs that too.’
O’Malley Dillon pointed out that her team has already done the “hard things:”
‘That is the other part of it for me. It’s grounded in the fact that we’ve already done hard things. And that is what holds me together. Since the race was called for Biden, Republican President Donald Trump has baselessly claimed that the election was rigged or there was fraud that altered the outcome. His campaign and associates have tried to make those claims in court, filing more than 50 legal attempts, but nearly all have been rejected.ators—sometimes overcommunicators. You hear the stories, too, about women trying to reinforce another woman’s voice. I still do that.’
She noted that the shared responsibilities make for a well-oiled machine:
‘And then the other thing I is, at least how I have experienced it—the shit, the drama, and the turf wars, who gets credit—first off, it’s not important to me, but also it doesn’t get me bothered as much as I think as it might bother others, because I have kids. Every moment that I’m not spending with them, I’m not spending with them. You have to be efficient about how you use your time, because you know what you’re giving up. I think that that really in turn reinforces the efficiency of the entire workplace and helps clarify what’s really important.’
‘Like Joe Biden says all the time, “Great leadership starts with listening”…But politics breaks down to one-on-one conversations and not being afraid to talk. I get that you’re not supposed to talk politics at the holiday dinner. Well, fuck that. It’s because we don’t do that that we are in this situation now.’
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