No surprise: Hagel wins cloture vote easily

posted at 1:21 pm on February 26, 2013 by Allahpundit

I told you the yays would be closer to 70 than to 60. Final tally: 71-27. You didn’t seriously think these losers would go to the mat to block a nominee just because he’s manifestly unqualified, did you?

Eighteen Republicans voted yes, according to Fox’s Chad Pergram. The roll of glory:

Remember, Maverick has said publicly that Hagel’s not qualified. He voted for cloture anyway, and now he’ll try to cover his ass by voting no on the completely meaningless final vote for confirmation. NRO’s Dan Foster marvels at the GOP’s heroism:

The most interesting no vote here was, of course, Rand Paul’s. That’s one I got badly wrong; I thought for sure he’d try to placate the isolationists in his base by voting yes this time after voting no last week. Nope. He stuck to his guns, even though he had political cover to vote yes from no less than interventionist extraordinaire John McCain. Amazing. I think he’ll lose more votes from disaffected Ron Paul fans in 2016 than he’ll gain from mainstream conservatives by opposing Hagel, but oh well. Hope he knows what he’s doing.

Exit question: Was it worth putting up a fuss about Hagel for a few weeks notwithstanding this embarrassing cave by the GOP? Some say no. I’d say yes. Hagel’s chief value to Obama is his party affiliation; he’s supposed to give The One “bipartisan” approval for his defense plans over the next four years. Having Republicans spend a month tearing him up was useful as a way to drain him of that “bipartisan” cred; he ended up being all but excommunicated from the party, even by people who voted yes today. (Recall Susan Collins’s long, long, long critique of Hagel, with her intent to vote for cloture almost a footnote.) He’ll start his tenure as the single weakest member of Obama’s cabinet, which will come in handy when he inevitably carries Obama’s water to the Hill to demand defense cuts. The result is disappointing but the process wasn’t a complete waste of time. Just mostly.


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Ugh…

Stupid is as stupid does…

Scrumpy on February 26, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Rand Paul & Tim Scott 2016. We need candidates with balls.

Archivarix on February 26, 2013 at 1:25 PM

We have a one party republic:
The DC party.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 26, 2013 at 1:26 PM

What good is the Republican Party? They’re nothing more than an extension of the Democrats. It may take 10 or more years to completely replace that inert Party but the effort should begin now.

rplat on February 26, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Thank you, Republican Party, for your continued support of obama’s destructive agenda.

Pork-Chop on February 26, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Gosh I am so sorry this anti-American=anti-Israel got confirmed. There was no way this slug should have been, but with those spineless slugs in the senate it was expected.
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letget on February 26, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Good analysis with a bit of the classic AP Eeyore twist.. The guy has hardly any bipartisan cred left.

Flapjackmaka on February 26, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I can hear the “Rand bought by the Jewish lobby” comments coming in. They all sound of hatred.

nobar on February 26, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Just another data point indicating a nation under judgement.

tom daschle concerned on February 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Rand Paul & Tim Scott 2016. We need candidates with balls.

Archivarix on February 26, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Times 2. People who stick to their principles and refuse to give a pass to a completely unqualified candidate just because it’s politically expedient.

the rest of them make me sick.

Common Sense on February 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Lindsay Graham is a huge phony. I’ve never seen a guy who can talk so tough and then just fold like a cheap suit when it comes time to act. He does this all the time.

Mark1971 on February 26, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Daniel Foster @DanFosterNRO

Hard to overstate the courage of the Senate Republicans who delayed Chuck Hagel’s confirmation by a few days. Think Thermopylae.

Imbecile, Kind Leonidas and his men fought to the DEATH at Thermopylae for what they believed in, they did not give Xerxes one single inch of ground but forced him to claim it in blood. The Senate Republicans played Kabuki Theater so they could lie to their constituencies claiming opposition to Hagal so that their constitutes wouldn’t throw them out of office like they deserve.

SWalker on February 26, 2013 at 1:32 PM

You didn’t seriously think these losers would go to the mat to block a nominee just because he’s manifestly unqualified, did you?

This is why we can’t have nice things anymore.

rbj on February 26, 2013 at 1:32 PM

The really sickening thing is – the same thing would’ve happened had Van Jones been the nominee.

We have a one party republic:
The DC party.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 26, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Beautifully stated.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 26, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Rand Paul & Tim Scott 2016. We need candidates with balls.
Archivarix on February 26, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Ted Cruz also works.

nobar on February 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM

The glasses make him look smarter,…so,….. there’s that.

a capella on February 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM

OK. NOW could we have a budget, PLEASE !

Jabberwock on February 26, 2013 at 1:35 PM

The glasses make him look smarter,…so,….. there’s that.

a capella on February 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM

You made me laugh.

And I think it worked for The Unmade Bed, too. When the slob was “answering” questions about Benghazi.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 26, 2013 at 1:36 PM

OK. NOW could we have a budget, PLEASE !

Jabberwock on February 26, 2013 at 1:35 PM

NO… That would mean forced spending cuts.

SWalker on February 26, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Lindsay Graham is a huge phony. I’ve never seen a guy who can talk so tough and then just fold like a cheap suit when it comes time to act. He does this all the time.

Mark1971 on February 26, 2013 at 1:31 PM

I hope the SC voters are taking note as the 2014 elections draw nearer.

a capella on February 26, 2013 at 1:36 PM

When the dems hold cloture votes they go for the
jugular . When republicans do it they stamp their
feet . Weasels !

Lucano on February 26, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Time for the meat cleaver on the DoD budget, followed my the LSM saying:

“Republican severly cuts Defense budget. Democrats outraged at snub to country’s veterans.”

Khun Joe on February 26, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Rand Paul & Tim Scott 2016. We need candidates with balls.

Archivarix on February 26, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Tim Scott has no spouse to confirm this.

Ted Cruz also works.

nobar on February 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Try “no.” He was born in North-Mexico.

Capitalist Hog on February 26, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Actually good politics to leave Obama with wounded Secretary, yet not oppose the Presidents pick, it is his choice. If anything goes slightly askew the Dems and Obama will have hell to pay.

Tater Salad on February 26, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Abysmal.

However, Rand Paul continues to impress me. So does Ted Cruz. To paraphrase President Lincoln, we can’t spare these men, they fight.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on February 26, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Lindsay Graham is a huge phony. I’ve never seen a guy who can talk so tough and then just fold like a cheap suit when it comes time to act. He does this all the time.

Mark1971 on February 26, 2013 at 1:31 PM

I hope the SC voters are taking note as the 2014 elections draw nearer.

a capella on February 26, 2013 at 1:36 PM

With all due respect, if SC voters haven’t figured out who Graham is by now, then they never will. And I say this as a Californian stuck with Dianne Fienstien and Barbra Boxer as my Senators.

SWalker on February 26, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Imbecile, Kind Leonidas and his men fought to the DEATH at Thermopylae for what they believed in, they did not give Xerxes one single inch of ground but forced him to claim it in blood. The Senate Republicans played Kabuki Theater so they could lie to their constituencies claiming opposition to Hagal so that their constitutes wouldn’t throw them out of office like they deserve.

SWalker on February 26, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Uh, if Foster had his tongue any further in his cheek, it would have come out his elbow.

Mr. D on February 26, 2013 at 1:41 PM

McCain played too many sports at the Academy without a helmet.
Plus Flake:
I hope you’re proud AZ.

Another Drew on February 26, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Try “no.” He was born in North-Mexico.

Capitalist Hog on February 26, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Alberta, Canada is North-Mexico? Do the Canadians know that? Ted was born in Canada, to American Parents, which would at worst make him a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. A condition which we learn consequently to Obama’s election which does not preclude one being elected POTUS.

SWalker on February 26, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Was it worth putting up a fuss about Hagel for a few weeks notwithstanding this embarrassing cave by the GOP? Some say no. I’d say yes.

I don’t think it was an embarrassing cave (although McCain definitely caved). I think the cloture vote was inevitable. What it does do is get the GOP into making any Democrat who would vote for Hagel to think twice, especially since Hagel has won the “coveted” Farrakhan endorsement. Every single Republican can use that to full effect, and to make sure Farrakhan is called out for the racist he is, thus tying Hagel.

Here’s the thing. Obama is going to install all the trash he can into his regime and there is almost nothing the GOP can do to stop it. A wise philosopher said the following, and it truly would apply to how the GOP can fight against Obama:

“I think this situation absolutely requires…a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.”

Steve Tsouloufis on February 26, 2013 at 1:49 PM

The Republicans’ think that by voting for closure they won’t be setting a precedent to be used against a Republican President.

They have to win an election first and the dems sure won’t be held to precedent.

I for one will be working against Blunt in Missouri and this is why I voted for Akin. I’m not a super-social conservative but at least a conservative vote could have been counted on from Akin.

Vince on February 26, 2013 at 1:50 PM

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Sometimes you gotta “vent”, brother.

But don’t lose your posting privileges over it.

listens2glenn on February 26, 2013 at 1:51 PM

I think he’ll lose more votes from disaffected Ron Paul fans in 2016 than he’ll gain from mainstream conservatives by opposing Hagel, but oh well. Hope he knows what he’s doing.

Paul is working hard to position himself for 2016. He will probably lose some of the hardcore Ronulans, but I think he will gain far more goodwill from the Republican party base if he can stay along the straight and narrow. His major competitors are doing a good job of harming their own chances. The only question I have at this point is whether Rand has or can get the money to seriously challenge the Jeb/Rubio machine. I don’t want to see him annihilated by a tsunami of negative press like Gingrich was.

Ted Cruz also works.

nobar on February 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I like Cruz but he’s a little new yet. Let him get his feet wet first. One thing I discovered after 2010 is a lot of these people who sold themselves to us as tough conservatives have turned around and become huge disappointments once getting to DC or their local state capitals. So far Cruz is on the right track, let’s hope he stays that way.

Doomberg on February 26, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Just wait until we cave on sequester in a day or so. Will complete the week as a total loss.

JohnnyMojo on February 26, 2013 at 1:53 PM

You didn’t seriously think these losers would go to the mat to block a nominee just because he’s manifestly unqualified, did you?

With this regime, we’re just dealing with varying degrees of incompetence and disqualifying resumes. It’s one thing to torpedo Rice, who covered up a terrorist attack for her boss, but it’s another to block Hagel, who’s just an idiotic anti-Semite which distinguishes him from the rest of the cabinet exactly how?

When the American people decided to re-up with the Indonesian grifter, you’re going to get a shyt sandwich cabinet. I mean, John Kerry thinks our number one security threat is the climate. Big Sis thinks conservatives are domestic terrorists. We can go on and on…

Hagel will compromise our security and probably get good men killed, but Hillary (and Obama) did plenty of that too.

crrr6 on February 26, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Good for Rand Paul. He is looking better each day.

mwbri on February 26, 2013 at 1:55 PM

A couple of weeks ago I watched House of Cards on Netflix, and it had me laughing.

It had the President nominating a guy who wrote a bad article about Joooooooooooos in college. As a result, there was an outrage and he had to drop out, but I’m watching this in real life, and we know that Democrats don’t give a crap about Israel and just walk in lock step for Hagel.

El_Terrible on February 26, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Good thing they didn’t filibuster.

sauldalinsky on February 26, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Good for Rand Paul. He is looking better each day.

mwbri on February 26, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Which is damned scary considering how nutty his father is. But yes, Rand is looking good.

SWalker on February 26, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Alberta, Canada is North-Mexico? Do the Canadians know that? Ted was born in Canada, to American Parents, which would at worst make him a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. A condition which we learn consequently to Obama’s election which does not preclude one being elected POTUS.

SWalker on February 26, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Oh dear, now you’ve done it. 8D

tom daschle concerned on February 26, 2013 at 2:01 PM

and we know that Democrats don’t give a crap about Israel and just walk in lock step for Hagel.

El_Terrible on February 26, 2013 at 1:56 PM

They are after all the political party that kicked God out of their political party, and only snuck him back in because Barky McDogeater was afraid that if the American people found out they had kicked God out of the Democrat Party it would cost him the election.

SWalker on February 26, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Capitalist Hog on February 26, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Ted Cruz was born in Canada to 2 US citizens who were there WORKING there. Yeah-his dad was a citizen too.
Screw off you birther twit.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 26, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Do the Canadians know that?

The drug-traffickers who dance back and forth across the northern-border do.

Capitalist Hog on February 26, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Oh dear, now you’ve done it. 8D

tom daschle concerned on February 26, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Yup, I’m in big trouble now, no doubt about it… lol lol

SWalker on February 26, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Screw off you birther twit.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 26, 2013 at 2:02 PM

LOL. That was easy.

Capitalist Hog on February 26, 2013 at 2:04 PM

This to me is proof of what a messed up party the Republican Party is. The party would have come out a hero, if it had stopped Hagel with not only Republican’s but a lot of Dems. Instead, they are going to the mat on the sequester, which will hurt them with too many Americans. It’s a strange bunch, too ideological, and clearly, not politically savvy.

Halli Casser-Jayne
http://www.hallicasser-jayne.com

The CJ Political Report on February 26, 2013 at 2:05 PM

LOL. That was easy.

Capitalist Hog on February 26, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Well, you could at least try to get you facts straight.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 26, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Far more than destroying the “Republican credibility” of Hagel, it destroyed the little credibility the Republican Senate caucus might have as being committed to the defense of this nation.

When he comes to the Senate asking for more defense cuts, the two or three weeks of bluster won’t matter, anymore than the photo of Deninkger’s mistaken call in the World Series matters for who won the Series.

Mao’s favorite term for the U.S., apart from “imperialist running dogs,” was “paper tiger.” The Republican Senate caucus is nothing more than a paper tiger.

Almost half the Republican caucus has willingly let a man obviously unqualified, obviously ignorant, and no doubt anti-Semitic become Secretary of Defense. They could have stopped it. They chose not to do so.

Sad that when I called and asked to be removed from the NRSC mailing list earlier this morning, I told the young woman who took the information why. Her response was that she completely agreed and that it was extremely disappointing…she would make a better Republican senator than any of those 18

EastofEden on February 26, 2013 at 2:07 PM

What better way to prove that you’re all about symbolism and not about acting on your principles.

If the nod is to the meme that the President “gets to pick his cabinet,” then what exactly is the advise and consent of the Senate all about?

Would Republicans vote to confirm Barbara Streisand as Secretary of Defense? Or, even better, Jane Fonda? At least Barbara can carry a tune.

But, hey, if no nominee can be turned down for being unqualified, the sky (or the sewer) is the limit, yes?

For me, I’ve had about all the symbolic gestures I can stomach. With no nutritional value, the organism can’t survive. Same goes for the Party of Gutless.

IndieDogg on February 26, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Do the Canadians know that?

The drug-traffickers who dance back and forth across the northern-border do.

Capitalist Hog on February 26, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Would that be the Canadians who smuggle marijuana into the US (2% of the marijuana smuggled into America) or the American Outlaw Bikers that smuggle Cocaine and Meth into Canada?

SWalker on February 26, 2013 at 2:09 PM

a capella on February 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM

The glasses hide the 1/2 lb bags under each eye!
L

letget on February 26, 2013 at 2:10 PM

“Dude, that was the biggest interview bomb ever seen, but we are gonna hire you anyway”…

Sincerely,
GOP

Incensed.

hillsoftx on February 26, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Rand Paul & Tim Scott 2016. We need candidates with balls.
Archivarix on February 26, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Ted Cruz also works.

nobar on February 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I like Trey Gowdy from SC, too. What I’ve heard from him is pretty level-headed.

freedomfirst on February 26, 2013 at 2:24 PM

We have a one party republic:
The DC party.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 26, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Yes. They all take turns playing good cop, bad cop. I despise the vast majority of them.

KickandSwimMom on February 26, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Enjoy the anger now. As soon as Boner caves on the economy, this will look like small potatoes.

At this point, the GOP is really in full blown, chaotic, totally gutless unprincipled retreat. Plus, drudge is now teasing (in red ink) with “REPORT: Chris Christie to adopt Obamacare…”.

I’d say the GOP has pretty much left me. It’s not new, but it’s now totally out in the open.

bofh on February 26, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Obama needs dummies like Biden/Kerry/Hagel.

They give Obama the appearance of smart.

Schadenfreude on February 26, 2013 at 2:39 PM

So, the whole bluster from McCain and his silky pony, Graham, was just foreplay.
Before they screwed the American people.
I don’t want any of these toad loads speaking for me.

RovesChins on February 26, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Imbecile, Kind Leonidas and his men fought to the DEATH at Thermopylae for what they believed in, they did not give Xerxes one single inch of ground but forced him to claim it in blood. The Senate Republicans played Kabuki Theater so they could lie to their constituencies claiming opposition to Hagal so that their constitutes wouldn’t throw them out of office like they deserve.

SWalker

Uh, if Foster had his tongue any further in his cheek, it would have come out his elbow.

Mr. D

Ditto Mr. D …. some folks don’t recognize sarcasm when they see it.

Too many folks around here buy into the “NRO is a bunch of sell outs” line …..

BD57 on February 26, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Would that be the Canadians who smuggle marijuana into the US (2% of the marijuana smuggled into America) or the American Outlaw Bikers that smuggle Cocaine and Meth into Canada?

SWalker on February 26, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I know you know your stuff. We disagree on implementation and execution.

I support American manufacturers over foreign crap. I’m not into drugs but I would presumably maintain that same standard. If I must choose I’ll take Canada for comedians and Mexico for drugs.

Capitalist Hog on February 26, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Too many folks around here buy into the “NRO is a bunch of sell outs” line …..

BD57 on February 26, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Yup.

They’ll cite Thomas Paine’s hand-maiden on issues of liberty but

can’t remember those who have fought for rights in recent history.

Capitalist Hog on February 26, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Capitalist Hog on February 26, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Ted Cruz was born in Canada to 2 US citizens who were there WORKING there. Yeah-his dad was a citizen too.
Screw off you birther twit.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 26, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Not according to Wiki

Cruz was born and spent the first four years of his life in Calgary before his parents returned to Houston. His father was jailed and tortured by the Fulgencio Batista regime and fought for Fidel Castro in the Cuban Revolution[37] but “didn’t know Castro was a Communist” and later became a staunch critic of Castro when “the rebel leader took control and began seizing private property and suppressing dissent.”[38] Rafael Cruz moved to Austin in 1957 to study at the University of Texas. He spoke no English and had $100 sewn into his underwear.[39] The elder Cruz worked his way through school as a dishwasher making 50 cents an hour. Cruz’s father today is a pastor in North Dallas and became a U.S. citizen in 2005. Cruz’s mother, who was from Delaware, was the first person in her family to attend college. She earned a degree in mathematics from Rice University in Houston in the 1950s, working summers at Foley’s and Shell. Cruz has said, “I’m Cuban, Irish, and Italian, and yet somehow I ended up Southern Baptist.”[40]

BTW, since the real meaning of NBC was effectively abolished with the election of Obama I am not saying Cruz is ineligible. But Democrats will.

Basilsbest on February 26, 2013 at 3:02 PM

The most interesting no vote here was, of course, Rand Paul’s. That’s one I got badly wrong; I thought for sure he’d try to placate the isolationists in his base by voting yes this time after voting no last week. Nope. He stuck to his guns, even though he had political cover to vote yes from no less than interventionist extraordinaire John McCain

Another reason I love this guy. Sometimes it is not about politics. It is about what is best for your country. Rand Paul passes that test with flying colors.

antisocial on February 26, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Basilsbest on February 26, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Cruz’s mother was still of legal age-unlike Stanley Ann Dunham.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 26, 2013 at 3:17 PM

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Sometimes you gotta “vent”, brother.

But don’t lose your posting privileges over it.

listens2glenn on February 26, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Worth repeating.

Jackalope on February 26, 2013 at 3:33 PM

He stuck to his guns, even though he had political cover to vote yes … Hope he knows what he’s doing.

A politician with convictions and sticks to it. Will wonders never cease?

Can see it confusing the masses, though.

kim roy on February 26, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Hey peeps, flyover country knows that Obama only nominated Hagel because Obama wants to neuter the defense department and chose a RINO flackey as his useful idiot to implement the disaster.

Hagel embarrassed himself at those hearings. America saw him for what he is, Obama’s useful idiot.

No one is painting the GOP with Hagel’s “cooties” and there will be no blowback from Hagel’s hapless term at Defense when they gut it.

We regular peeps in flyover country are just so damn sick of everything in DC. We are sick about this false panic over a measly cut in the INCREASE in spending, on top of the fact that they managed to get the “temporary one time” stimulus built into the baseline budget for the next 3 years due to the Senate’s malfeasance in refusing to pass a real budget in all this time.

We see it for what it is, the democrats in the white house and congress holding the American people hostage over their voracious appetite to increase the government’s intrusion into our lives.

And we see the GOP for what it is, a hapless, toothless inept piece of garbage that can’t even get some easy messaging across to articulate why the expansion of government means a contraction in individual liberty.

Disgusting.

I refuse to get my panties in a twist of the inevitability of Hagel in Obama’s cabinet. No matter who they put there, the end result is going to be the same.

The GOP in the Senate beat Hagel up enough that Obama’s attempt to make the GOP culpable about the gutting of the defense department is not going to work.

If you think this all is bad, and supposing our gutless wonders called the GOP in Congress don’t cave this week on sequester, just you wait until the next continuing resolution has to pass at the end of March.

I am so disgusting by the endless parade of people in Obama’s cabinet coming out in front of microphones telling us the sky is falling. F them and F their political American hating party.

karenhasfreedom on February 26, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Obama needs dummies like Biden/Kerry/Hagel.

They give Obama the appearance of smart.

Schadenfreude on February 26, 2013 at 2:39 PM

And the reason Obama wanted Lurch and Chuckles in the house was probably Slow Joe. I can see him now, asking The Messiah

Can we please hire somebody I can stand next to who will make me look smart?

Of course, then he went back to explaining how the concept of infinity related to the inside of his trousers. To the coatrack in his secretary’s office.

Meanwhile, Lurch is in Germany, and among his brilliant bits of wisdom is


In America, we’re allowed to be stupid.

Well, he would know, wouldn’t he?

Looking on the bright side, when either of these two gibbering dingbats does something stupid, destructive, and disastrous, we can be sure it won’t be part of some nefarious, Ernst Stavro Blofeld-level Master Plan.

It will be because Lurch is a frat boy, Chuckles is an anti-Semitic balloon-brain, and the pair of them together really are as dumb as a bag of hammers.

clear ether

eon

eon on February 26, 2013 at 3:54 PM

I am so disgusting by the endless parade of people in Obama’s cabinet coming out in front of microphones telling us the sky is falling. F them and F their political American hating party.

karenhasfreedom on February 26, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Oh come on don’t stop there F their families and anyone that knows them.

When will people figure out that when dealing with democrap swine you are dealing with the equivalent of a human cockroach which deserves nothing more than to be stepped on? I have absolutely no idea why anyone in their right mind still wants to still deal courteously with a dim they don’t with you. People should get it through their heads that they hate you, they hate your kids, they hate your family, they hate your country, they hate your religion, basically they hate everything about you and yours and they will do anything and everything they can to take everything away from you and destroy you, are you willing to do the same to them?

bbinfl on February 26, 2013 at 4:24 PM

No Surprise; We’ve been Betrayed again!

jaydee_007 on February 26, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Basilsbest on February 26, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Cruz’s mother was still of legal age-unlike Stanley Ann Dunham.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 26, 2013 at 3:17 PM

ALT

I was addressing your statement that his parents were both American citizens. He is as eligible as Obama and eminently more qualified. He is a serious threat to the established disorder and the media will challenge his eligibility when the time comes. And their hypocrisy won’t bother them one bit.

Basilsbest on February 26, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Did ANY Dumbocrats vote no? They’re the ones foisting this idiot on us, blindly following Obama’s fumbling lead. It’s got to be clear to them by now that Hagel won’t withdraw, Republicans won’t rescue them by blocking him, and Obama can’t ever admit he was wrong about anything. Unified in teh stoopid, they are.

starboardhelm on February 26, 2013 at 5:09 PM

I’m sorry Israel and so are many Americans..I’m sorry God also for our politicians turning their back on your chosen people..forgive us

sadsushi on February 26, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Hagel was confirmed: 58-41.
I am curious about who the betrayers are.

onlineanalyst on February 26, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Exit question: Was it worth putting up a fuss about Hagel for a few weeks notwithstanding this embarrassing cave by the GOP? Some say no. I’d say yes.

That’s because politics is really just a fun game to watch, right? Build up some political capital while hurting the political cred of the opponents?

That is exactly what is WRONG with politicians and those who make a living delivering the play-by-play. This republic is dying because no one is willing to just take a stand, letting their “No” be “NO”, their “Yes”, “YES” and be done with it.

The left stopped wasting time trying to govern a long time ago. The right has only recently decided to ignore their responsibilities, but has warmed to it quickly. The most obvious sign is saying one thing loudly, but doing the opposite in the end.

Screw them all.

ROCnPhilly on February 26, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Hagel was confirmed: 58-41.
I am curious about who the betrayers are.

onlineanalyst on February 26, 2013 at 5:52 PM

From Yahoo!

Four Republicans voted to approve Hagel’s nomination: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska and Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama.

I guess the Paul apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Mitoch55 on February 26, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Hagel was confirmed: 58-41.
I am curious about who the betrayers are.

onlineanalyst on February 26, 2013 at 5:52 PM

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From another thread, compliments of bw222.
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Grouped By Vote Position
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YEAs —58

Baldwin (D-WI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Cochran (R-MS)
Coons (D-DE)
Cowan (D-MA)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Hirono (D-HI)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaine (D-VA)
King (I-ME)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murphy (D-CT)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Paul (R-KY)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Shelby (R-AL)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

NAYs — 41

Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Coburn (R-OK)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)
Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kirk (R-IL)
Lee (R-UT)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

Not Voting – 1

Lautenberg (D-NJ)

bw222 on February 26, 2013 at 6:06 PM

listens2glenn on February 26, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Roll over!

Wander on February 26, 2013 at 6:50 PM