McConnell: Opposition to Hagel “intensifying”

posted at 11:01 am on February 4, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Certainly support for Chuck Hagel isn’t intensifying, not after the weak defense offered for the Defense nominee over the weekend.  Republicans had mostly decided to oppose Chuck Hagel’s confirmation even before Thursday’s confirmation hearing at the Senate Armed Services Committee, so “opposition” isn’t exactly news.  But will Republicans filibuster Hagel?  Mitch McConnell isn’t quite ready to say (via TWS’ Daniel Halper):

“Senator Hagel did not do a very good job before the Armed Services Committee this week,” said McConnell to reporters. “I think the opposition to him is intensifying. Whether that means he will end up having to achieve 60 votes or 51 is not clear yet.”

Jen Rubin notes that Hagel only got weak-tea support on other Sunday talk shows, too:

There was this embarrassing exchange on CNN’s “State of the Union”:

CANDY CROWLEY: So you all thought he seemed well prepared?

LEON PANETTA: I think — I know Chuck Hagel. And I think he’s got good experience with regards to public service. He understands the issues of the Defense Department. I think he’ll be a great secretary of defense.

Ouch.

Jen also points to this exchange with General Martin Dempsey:

DEMPSEY: Well, I’m not going to grade his homework. But I will say that in my conversations with him, he was well prepared, articulate, concise …

TODD: And you’re confident that he can do the job?

DEMPSEY: I’m not going to speak about confidence. He’s –  he could be my boss. And then when is the last time you saw a subordinate discuss their confidence in their potential boss? But I think he’s got great credentials. My personal contacts with him have been very positive. And if he’s confirmed, I look forward to working with him.

And those are the people sent out by the administration to defend Hagel.

Will Republicans pull the trigger on a filibuster?  I’m not yet convinced, but they have a pretty good case to make for one after that confirmation hearing.


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Just do it

cmsinaz on February 4, 2013 at 11:07 AM

McConnell: Leader of the Over-The-Hill-RINO-Gang.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 4, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Approve him unanimously…let Oblammy choke on the embarrassment of putting forth a doofus second only to Biden. I relish the thought of Barry having to cover for the profound incompetence we will see going forward as Hagel repeatedly steps on his pecker.

Wyznowski on February 4, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Barky: Mitch, one more word out of you and I’m going to sautee your dog.
McConnell: I apologize profusely Lord O.

CorporatePiggy on February 4, 2013 at 11:09 AM

And his replacement, Nidal Hasan, is warming upin the bull pen

katy the mean old lady on February 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Approve him unanimously…let Oblammy choke on the embarrassment of putting forth a doofus second only to Biden. I relish the thought of Barry having to cover for the profound incompetence we will see going forward as Hagel repeatedly steps on his pecker.

Wyznowski on February 4, 2013 at 11:08 AM

No, no, no. Not when the lives of too many service man and women are in the balance. Do not approve this man. Show backbone Republican senators.

Agent of the Cross on February 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Doesn’t looky too good for Hagel!

canopfor on February 4, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Approve him unanimously…let Oblammy choke on the embarrassment of putting forth a doofus second only to Biden. I relish the thought of Barry having to cover for the profound incompetence we will see going forward as Hagel repeatedly steps on his pecker.

Wyznowski on February 4, 2013 at 11:08 AM

That’s going too far. I don’t want anymore Americans dying overseas than already have under this regime. Let It Burn is fine for domestic policy with regard to spending and taxes, but not our national defense.

Doughboy on February 4, 2013 at 11:18 AM

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canopfor on February 4, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Approve him unanimously…let Oblammy choke on the embarrassment of putting forth a doofus second only to Biden. I relish the thought of Barry having to cover for the profound incompetence we will see going forward as Hagel repeatedly steps on his pecker.

Wyznowski on February 4, 2013 at 11:08 AM

A royally counterproductive idea. First, nobody in The World of Dancing With American Idol will ever know that Hagel is a doofus because the TV box will conveniently skip this bit of info. And second, at least have vote vote “present” instead of approval.

Archivarix on February 4, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Opposition to McConnell intensifying from real patriots

SirGawain on February 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM

What exactly is Hagel’s skill set in regards to being nominated for such a position?

I would think to be SecDef an effective Secretary would be one who knows weapon systems, has management experience, has political experience, contract experience, engineering experience, knows numbers and can tie their own shoes in the morning. Does the SecDef need all these skills or is this just another show position?

Does Chuck have any of these skills?

reddevil on February 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM

McConnell aka Mr. Slowski Turtle.

Mr. Arrogant on February 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

canopfor on February 4, 2013 at 11:21 AM

FWIW, I really stopped giving credence to Rasmussen after Nov 6th.

Hagel needs to be defeated.

D-fusit on February 4, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Interesting. Only when Democrats themselves seem ready to dump Hagel under the bus will Senate Republicans, led by the less-than-ideological McConnell, express even qualified support for the idea of fighting his nomination. This is one “frightened of the President” group. Weenies.

MTF on February 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM

What exactly is Hagel’s skill set in regards to being nominated for such a position?
I would think to be SecDef an effective Secretary would be one who knows weapon systems, has management experience, has political experience, contract experience, engineering experience, knows numbers and can tie their own shoes in the morning. Does the SecDef need all these skills or is this just another show position?
Does Chuck have any of these skills?
reddevil on February 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM

According to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey Hagel has great credentials. His opinion has a lot more weight than the HotAirhead/neoconservative armchair generals.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/politico-live/2013/02/dempsey-hagel-has-great-credentials-155959.html?hp=r3

antifederalist on February 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

According to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey Hagel has great credentials. His opinion has a lot more weight than the HotAirhead/neoconservative armchair generals.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/politico-live/2013/02/dempsey-hagel-has-great-credentials-155959.html?hp=r3

antifederalist on February 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

And his skill set is what….?

reddevil on February 4, 2013 at 11:36 AM

CANDY CROWLEY: So you all thought he seemed well prepared?

Gee Candy, it’s too bad you weren’t there with transcripts so that you could have tag-teamed McCain with Hagel when had a tough time understanding the concept of containment.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Does the SecDef need all these skills or is this just another show position?

Does Chuck have any of these skills?

reddevil on February 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM

DoD is one of the most complex and challenging jobs in the government. It is more than just a show position. Hagel was a Senator with “unconventional” ideas about national security. The GOP should filibuster because there are far more qualified individuals for the job.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM

DoD is one of the most complex and challenging jobs in the government. It is more than just a show position. Hagel was a Senator with “unconventional” ideas about national security. The GOP should filibuster because there are far more qualified individuals for the job.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM

I agree, as far as I’m concerned it is the most important. I guess my train of thought was does Chuck have any skill set to be an effective manager or is he just a show piece so the White House can micromanage the Pentagon.

reddevil on February 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Does a Republican have to vote for him to get him out of Committee?

Cindy Munford on February 4, 2013 at 11:58 AM

The president in entitled a lot of leeway for a lot of appointments, but Hagel doesn’t meet the basic requirements to be dog-catcher, never mind Sec Def.

At least Turbo-Tax Timmy was smart enough to know that he should be fudging his taxes, whether or not he is willing to publicly concede that high taxes inhibits economic growth

phreshone on February 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Dempsey is a pant load. He is so far up “Skeet Shooter’s” butt it is not funny. This whole administration makes the Keystone Kops look like rocket scientists.

retiredeagle on February 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

does Chuck have any skill set to be an effective manager or is he just a show piece so the White House can micromanage the Pentagon.

reddevil on February 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Oh! I think a guy who goes in claiming the DoD is bloated and needs drastic reductions, that the US should unilaterally disarm its nuclear weapons, and that we should stop trying to do anything about Iran’s nuclear program doesn’t need a whole lot of micromanaging from the White House.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM

@Happy Nomad Here, I heartily agree with you. SoD is a very important position. Hagel is clearly unqualified. With increasing instability across the international area, we can’t afford an unqualified idjit. Unlike other appointees, this guy has zero qualifications, and would be an impediment not only to Obama, but by that extension, to us.

tommy71 on February 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM

McConnell: Opposition to Hagel “intensifying”

…Mitch as NO IDEA what that word means!

KOOLAID2 on February 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM

If ever the R’s had a position to run on it is this one! My God, the safety and security of our troops as well as our nation? Can there be a better platform to oppose this moron from? If the RINOs cannot pull this off with such favorable odds then they are doomed to be the minority forever.If the question to the American public is “Would you want the safety and security of your husband/son or daughter/wife to be in the hands of this idiot who could not answer even the most basic questions bout the Dept. of Defense or the policies of the US military”?

inspectorudy on February 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

McConnell: Opposition to Hagel “intensifying”

But he’ll still win confirmation, mind you….

…we just wanted to be on record trying to convince
people we actually matter….

ToddPA on February 4, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Hagel will be confirmed. Our senior Nebraska senator, Mike Johanns, said this weekend that he would support Hagel’s nomination. He also said his vote to confirm was not because he and Chuck are longtime buddies, but because Hagel assured him privately that he would support Israel and America’s allies. Johanns’ support will open the door for other GOP senators to support him, too. And anyone who thinks McConnell will filibuster this deal needs to back away from the crack pipe.

I emailed Johanns to express my disgust with this vote, as well as his vote to continue arming Egypt, and his vote to confirm the traitor John Kerry. Thought Nebraska finally had two conservative voices in the Senate after ridding ourselves of Benedict Nelson. Seems like Johanns has joined the DC ‘go along to get along’ club.

jonrademacher on February 4, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Hey, this guy is still alive:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Brown_(Secretary_of_Defense)

Even if he brain dead and on life support; he would be smarter than Hagel and/or Obama.

patch on February 4, 2013 at 12:58 PM

DEMPSEY: I’m not going to speak about confidence. He’s – he could be my boss. And then when is the last time you saw a subordinate discuss their confidence in their potential boss?

ALWAYS, General, when it’s a public service position. That’s how this nation is Constituted. I am appalled that YOU DO NOT KNOW THIS!

ss396 on February 4, 2013 at 2:53 PM

How about opposition to the GOP from conservatives intensifying?
Now Kusic is the latest turncoat (loves Obamacare) and alway reliable Brutus in waiting , Johnny McCain won’t filibuster Hagel and you can bet his little puppet Lindsey will play his lines the same way.
Please, I can’t take one more clown telling me that we must vote GOP to save the nation. They are nothing but the one side of the destroy America coin-different talk-same goals–elevate the ruling class and keep the peasants from revolting.

Don L on February 5, 2013 at 11:41 AM

McConnell and “intensifying” don’t go together.

He’s almost as embarrassing as Hagel. Can we de-certify this terrifying sheep-of-the-Senate?

virgo on February 5, 2013 at 12:14 PM