Hagel: If confirmed, I’ll be sure to learn much more about the Defense department

posted at 6:01 pm on January 31, 2013 by Allahpundit

Watch the clip below. He’s also been reassuring senators that he won’t have a policymaking role as SecDef, in case they’re leery of tasking an unqualified incompetent with so much responsibility. He’s basically daring Democrats to vote no, isn’t he?

Question: Are there Democratic votes in play that weren’t before? A GOP Senate aide tells BuzzFeed that they may have a shot now at blocking the confirmation:

Chuck Hagel’s chances of becoming the next Secretary of Defense might have diminished somewhat Thursday, after a choppy first half to his confirmation hearing emboldened Senate Republicans who think they may actually be able to prevent his confirmation.

“There’s a possibility Republicans could block his nomination, especially after today’s performance,” a Senate Republican aide confirmed to BuzzFeed…

[M]ore meetings are still to come, and a number of lawmakers are withholding their judgment until then. Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander said his decision “will depend upon the hearing today and my meeting with him next week.”

Unless Hagel starts drooling on himself, which at this point is within the realm of possibility, I can’t believe there’s any critical mass of Democrats willing to kneecap Obama so soon into his term by voting with the GOP. If he’d doubled down on the “Israel lobby” invective, that’d be one thing, but the Party Of Ideas isn’t going to torpedo The One’s preferred candidate for something as minor as being glaringly unfit for the job. The GOP will have to filibuster. Or does “block” mean hold?

Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas), who aggressively questioned Hagel about controversial remarks he had made on Al Jazeera, suggested he may put a hold on Hagel’s nomination. Cruz noted Hagel’s failure to disclosure requested documents relating to hundreds of speeches he has given over the years, as well as information about the organizations paying him to speak, and their sources of funding.

“In my view, the committee lacks adequate information to vote on his nomination,” Cruz told reporters. “I think we should do everything necessary to ensure that the committee and the full Senate has full disclosure, and an adequate time to review that disclosure.”

Delay the confirmation long enough and maybe Hagel will decide to withdraw. Which brings us to another question: Are there 40 Republicans willing to go to the mat for a filibuster, especially with Democrats already warming up the “obstructionist GOP” talking point for gun control, immigration, and budget negotiations? This might be a good opportunity, actually. Most of the public probably isn’t paying attention (when do they ever pay attention to confirmation hearings that don’t involve Supreme Court vacancies?) and Hagel’s been so ridiculously bad today that not even otherwise sympathetic media can spin it. After you watch him notify the Senate that they’ll have to confirm him before finding out just how unqualified he is, watch below as Dana Bash admits on CNN that even Democratic senators can’t get over how poorly he’s done. Jen Rubin says a Democrat on the Hill told her, “It is very clear from the testimony that Sen. Hagel will not be bringing the potato salad to the next Mensa picnic.” The bar for publicly embarrassing Democrats into dooming Obama’s nominee is very, very, very high, but this guy has a slim chance of clearing it. Says a lot about O’s contempt for his party leadership, and of course for the public, that he’d feed this to them.




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Be careful what you wish for……..Plan b nomination for Def Sec could be someone even worse than Hagel!!!
PappyD61 on January 31, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Nah, Obama already has a job.

Rusty Allen on January 31, 2013 at 6:52 PM

RE:F-16C to Egyptian MBGoons!!

Sen. Rand Paul on Fox News w/ Eric Bolling discussing the U.S. sending F-16′s to Egypt
Jan 31 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_luF3FoH_u8&feature=youtu.be
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ROLL CALL
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XML U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress – 1st Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On the Motion to Table (Motion to Table Paul Amdt. No. 9 )
Vote Number: 9 Vote Date: January 31, 2013, 03:03 PM
Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Motion to Table Agreed to
Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 9 to H.R. 325 (No short title on file)

Statement of Purpose:
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To prohibit the sale, lease, transfer, retransfer, or delivery of F-16 aircraft, M1 tanks, or certain other defense articles or services to the Government of Egypt.
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http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00009

canopfor on January 31, 2013 at 6:53 PM

my goodness, if that guy is an example of a what it takes to be a senator…

That was fracking painful to see wasn’t it? That chamber is forever scarred by having him there.

DanMan on January 31, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Mark1971 on January 31, 2013 at 6:18 PM

I so agree with you Mark. I’ve never been this impressed this fast with any politician.

CoffeeLover on January 31, 2013 at 6:20 PM

And if memory serves me right he wasn’t the GOP establishment’s iitial choice. But lets hear again how the tea party always supports losers.

arnold ziffel on January 31, 2013 at 6:58 PM

canopfor on January 31, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Thank you I was wondering about the roll call on that.

Man Ayotte has sure been a let down lately.

gophergirl on January 31, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Hagel & Obama are anti-jewish and Fascist.

Obama is dangerous.

Do Not Confirm Hagel.

workingclass artist on January 31, 2013 at 6:15 PM

The die was cast last November.
The disastrous epoch of the destruction of the republic and the planet known as “hope’n’change” is now unfolding.
Gird your loins like never before.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on January 31, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Destroy the economy
Divide and Conquer
Destroy the Constitution

Destroy any opposition…Conservative,Religious,Wealth Producers.

workingclass artist on January 31, 2013 at 7:00 PM

canopfor on January 31, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Thank you I was wondering about the roll call on that.

Man Ayotte has sure been a let down lately.

gophergirl on January 31, 2013 at 6:58 PM

gophergirl:Anytime,and,ya,an eye opener,man,its a busy news day:)

canopfor on January 31, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Hagel: If confirmed, I’ll be sure to learn much more about the Dependsfense department

KOOLAID2 on January 31, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Man Ayotte has sure been a let down lately.

gophergirl on January 31, 2013 at 6:58 PM

I believe she was one of the first to board the Willard train to nowhere.

Mr. Arrogant on January 31, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Be careful what you wish for……..Plan b nomination for Def Sec could be someone even worse than Hagel!!!

PappyD61 on January 31, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Exactly! What if Obama decides to offer up, say, Big Sis or worse?

TXUS on January 31, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Udall pushes Defense Secretary nominee Hagel on protecting gay rights in the military
Posted January 31, 2013, 2:21 pm MT
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ASHINGTON — Sen. Mark Udall used his designated time Thursday as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee to press Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel about his commitment to protecting gay rights in the military.

Udall said at Hagel’s confirmation hearing that he was worried about a new provision that compels the military to accommodate the conscience, moral principles or religious beliefs of all military personnel.

On the surface, Udall said, the provision sounds innocuous, but he said he was concerned that it would lead to “misguided claims of a right to discriminiate” against lesbian, bisexual and gay service members.

“Will you ensure the Department of Defense, in accommodating religious beliefs or matters of conscience, does not tolerate discrimination or harm to others?” Udall asked Hagel.

“Absolutely,” Hagel replied. “I will faithfully, diligently enforce our laws. All men and women deserve the same rights and I can ensure you that would be a high priority of mine.”

http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2013/01/31/udall-pushes-defense-secretary-nominee-hagel-protecting-gay-rights-military/89857/
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To watch Udall’s full questioning of Hagel, click here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVGVVL8L8Mw&feature=youtu.be

canopfor on January 31, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Be careful what you wish for……..Plan b nomination for Def Sec could be someone even worse than Hagel!!!

PappyD61 on January 31, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Plan B is probably the first female (you know how Obama likes “firsts”) Secretary of Defence, Michele Flournoy, who was the Under Secretary of Defence for Policy under Secretary of Defence, Robert Gates.

She won’t be any worse than Hagel and she is a Democrat. Let the Democrats take responsibility for dismantling the military.

Resist We Much on January 31, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin says panel could vote on Chuck Hagel defense secretary nomination as early as Thursday – @AP

18 mins ago from bigstory.ap.org by editor
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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/republican-hagel-faces-gop-critics-hearing

canopfor on January 31, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Cruz was brutal. Ok, so Hagel is eager to agree with any one on the other side…the US is the world’s biggest bully.

Nice guy, Mr. Senator. Providing comfort and all that.

but this is who barry is. Barry is contemptuous of this great country, as are all leftists. Cruz so nailed Hagel.

but barry thinks the Left is permanent, that the election was proof that this country (or a coalition of self-interested groups) agree with barry. Let him have Hagel. The Left might just find out that they aren’t quite as popular as they think…after all, i don’t think barry will be bringing potato salad to the Mensa picnic either…but that’s just me

r keller on January 31, 2013 at 7:17 PM

“In my view, the committee lacks adequate information to vote on his nomination,” Cruz told reporters. “I think we should do everything necessary to ensure that the committee and the full Senate has full disclosure, and an adequate time to review that disclosure.”

Not a bad idea. Hagel has been so awful that forcing him to keep making as ass out of himself will make democrat senators nervous. Obama don’t care what happens in 2014 and 2016, but they do!

William Eaton on January 31, 2013 at 7:18 PM

How do we know Hagel is Obamas first choice? Do you really think Susan Rice was his first choice for state?

Obama could be playing a game where he’s letting the republicans shoot down the first, obviously unqualified candidate, then he “compromises,” picks someone else, and the republicans confirm him/her so as to not look like they’re opposing just ANY Obama candidate.

I mean, it’s possible.

Timin203 on January 31, 2013 at 7:25 PM

the US is the world’s biggest bully.

r keller on January 31, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Hagel’s a weak pu ssy. Just like most on the left.

CW on January 31, 2013 at 7:47 PM

my goodness, if that guy is an example of a what it takes to be a senator…

DanMan on January 31, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Al Franken anyone???

BigWyo on January 31, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Hagel’s shaping up to be Obama’s Jocelyn Elders.

tomwinfl on January 31, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Why would the GOP filibuster?

I mean, why?

The public voted for this. You can argue about whether or not Obama should have his way on liberal policy advances that can’t be undone – i.e. fight back vs. Let it Burn – but certainly the Republicans shouldn’t stand under the heat to protect Obama from himself.

HitNRun on January 31, 2013 at 8:23 PM

If Guilty, Menendez Could Face 30 Years in Prison

If Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey is found guilty of traveling to the Dominican Republic to engage in sexual intercourse with underage prostitutes, he could face up to 30 years prison. The appropriate law, which would seem to apply in this instance, is the Prosecutorial Remedies And Other Tools To End The Exploitation Of Children Today (or the Protect Act).

Menendez voted for the law when he was a member of the House of Representatives.

“TRAVEL WITH INTENT TO ENGAGE IN ILLICIT SEXUAL CONDUCT”…

Resist We Much on January 31, 2013 at 8:29 PM

So bad of a day the gutless Senate will probably only approve him by a vote of 89-11….

hillsoftx on January 31, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Man Ayotte has sure been a let down lately.

gophergirl on January 31, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Most all of them have all been. Look at my two. At least Chambliss is chickening out of running again. He got the message on that at least. Johnny is gonna have to go to. Must be something in the water up there in D.C. That takes a good man or woman and ruins them.

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 8:34 PM

You know, if so much wasn’t at stake…

…like people’s lives…

…I would have rather enjoyed the class photo of Biden, Kerry, Hagel.

It’s like the worst group of disconnected white guys one could possible amass…

…done by the first black president. AMAZING.

…and to think Susan Rice was a first option.

Honestly, someone needs to ask Hagel why Obama picked him, and if he comes back with his years of military service…

…then Hagel needs to be asked if that’s the criteria, does he then believe McCain is more qualified than himself?

Just to see him stammer. It would be enjoyable.

budfox on January 31, 2013 at 8:42 PM

I have to rise above trying to make hay by letting the Won shoot himself in the foot on this one.
Hagel is dangerously stupid, to the point where I think he could do serious harm to the military and our relations with allies (above what Bozo already has in mind/has done). I have two children, both Marines, so this is personal.
Block the moron anyway you can.

JusDreamin on January 31, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Obama, who is truly stupid, sure likes to surround himself with truly stupid people.

tom daschle concerned on January 31, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Oh boy, it’s going to be a long 4 years.

Obama picked Hagel because he knew he was an idiot – and a Republican…..

All for show – Now Obama will pick some lefty that can tell a good lie…..

redguy on January 31, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Bust?

More like a pile on – some might even say lynching – mob courage on the part of senators who seemed to have very little of any kind of courage when questioning Kerry and Hillary, both of whom are much better examples of a sorry case for a human being, and no courage whatsoever when it comes to standing up to Obama, the foulest of the lot.

VorDaj on January 31, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Wow, Is Dana Bash Andrea Mitchell’s grand daughter??

You can see the back of her head every time she opens her mouth…

She needs to eat a cheese burger..

BigWyo on January 31, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Hillary got the Bunny Rabbit treatment from the senate, as did Kerry even more so, and Hagel got the Hyena treatment. McCain went after Hagel like a pit bull yet treats Hillary like a princess, Kerry like a prince and Obama like a king.

VorDaj on January 31, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Talk about a clown posse.

Knott Buyinit on January 31, 2013 at 9:29 PM

And McCain treats illegal aliens from Mexico like honored quests. There is something seriously wrong with that man.

VorDaj on January 31, 2013 at 9:32 PM

“You have to confirm me so I can see whats in it!”

MarshFox on January 31, 2013 at 10:10 PM

“Absolutely,” Hagel replied. “I will faithfully, diligently enforce our laws. All men and women deserve the same rights and I can ensure you that would be a high priority of mine.”

http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2013/01/31/udall-pushes-defense-secretary-nominee-hagel-protecting-gay-rights-military/89857/
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To watch Udall’s full questioning of Hagel, click here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVGVVL8L8Mw&feature=youtu.be

canopfor on January 31, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Since when does anyone have a right to be in the military? This whole “gay” thing with the military is so ridiculous. If you choose to be in our voluntary military, then you voluntarily choose to abide by its rules, even if those rules restrict your sexual proclivities.

Nutstuyu on January 31, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Menendez voted for the law when he was a member of the House of Representatives.

“TRAVEL WITH INTENT TO ENGAGE IN ILLICIT SEXUAL CONDUCT”…

Resist We Much on January 31, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Oh why must everyone be soooo bigoted towards Menendez? He just wants to love who he loves. Fabulous!!

Nutstuyu on January 31, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Totally Cruzed

I’m less curious whether Hagel is qualified to be SecDef than I am if he’s qualified to be Asst. Manger at the Scottsdale Mall Foot Locker—

InnocuousPicGuy69 (@AceofSpadesHQ) January 31, 2013

Only thing left is for Ted Cruz is to hold up Hagel’s severed head.—

DrewM (@DrewMTips) January 31, 2013

Make it stop, Mummy! PLEASE.

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 4:13 AM

Hagel-Farrakhan 2016!!!
No Labels baby!!

abobo on February 1, 2013 at 8:29 AM

“It’s somewhere between baffling and incomprehensible,” a member of Mr. Obama’s own team of advisers on Iran said on Thursday night when asked about Mr. Hagel’s stumbling performance on the question during the all-day hearing. The worry was evident in the voice of the official, who would not speak on the record while criticizing the performance of the president’s nominee. For those who question whether the no-containment cornerstone of the Obama approach to Tehran is for real, or just diplomatic rhetoric, Mr. Hagel clearly muddled the message, he said.

J_Crater on February 1, 2013 at 2:30 PM

New Steyn…

Containing Hagel

M2RB: Guns ‘N Roses

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 5:45 PM

How could our smartest president ever be so impressed by this guy to select him??

rgeaste on February 2, 2013 at 5:26 PM

What’s going to be interesting is if the O can fnd someone even less qualified as Hagel’s replacement?

StevC on February 4, 2013 at 5:55 PM

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