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    Senate Republicans about to fold like card table on Hagel

    Senate Republicans about to fold like card table on Hagel

    The apparently principled opposition of Republicans in the Senate to Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense appears to be over.

    Via Slate:

    Sen. John McCain says that while he doesn’t believe former Sen. Chuck Hagel is the right man to lead the Pentagon, Republican senators will stop using tactics to delay the vote. “No, I don’t believe he’s qualified, but I don’t believe we should hold up his nomination any further,” McCain said on NBC. “I think it’s [been] a reasonable amount of time to have questions answered.”

    Even if they’re left unanswered.

    In another sign of how Republicans are relenting on their opposition to Hagel, Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Fox News he is willing to accept the former senator’s denials about alleged anti-Israel remarks. “If it’s true, that’s the end of it,” Graham said. Still, Graham defended the delay in confirmation saying Hagel is “one of the most unqualified, radical choices for secretary of defense in a very long time.” But when it comes down to it, “this is the president’s decision,” he added.

    You know, in this wild and wacky and turbulent world, it’s somehow comforting to know that (a) the sun always rises in the east, and (b) we can always count on our Republican elected representatives to cave.


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    The view from 50 miles up by a casual observer is that the Senate Republicans “card table fold” is about teaching Ted Cruz a lesson and helping to make him look like what the press has been calling him. After all, they think he was uppity too. And as a plus it is a good chance to try to give the Tea Party a black eye.

      Uncle Samuel in reply to betty. | February 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      Sadly, disgustingly, you are so right. The Repugnicant establishment has no intention of being anything more than politically corrupt game players and every intention of destroying true Conservatives from Ted Cruz, to Michele Bachmann to the Tea Party candidates in every state.

      Despicable. But, from Bush, Sr. on down to Boehner, the GOP are opportunists and politicians, not statesmen and patriots.

    Mister Natural | February 19, 2013 at 11:26 am

    the new motto of the republican party members:
    ” hey guys, just lay back and enjoy it!”

    The only thing that would kill this would be for traditional Democrat donors to let Democrat senators know that this is a deal-breaker for them.

    Republicans need to make it be clear that this nomination is acquiescence to Iran getting the bomb, and that every senator voting for Hagel will have signed off on it.

      katiejane in reply to caseym54. | February 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      And you know when/if that happens the Left will blame Republicans because “Hagel is one of us, if he was so bad why did the GOP confirm him, if the Right thought he didn’t have the proper positions they should have filibustered him,” blah, blah, blah.

    marksaunt | February 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    If I ever wonder why I am no longer a Republican, I can count on these people to keep reminding me.

    pabloschwartz | February 20, 2013 at 8:07 am

    .. trouble with Sen. Cruz is his foreign policy views seem to dovetail nicely with Saudi interests. Saudi Arabia, of course, is the global sponsor of the Wahhabi cult, the very ideology that forms the core of Taliban and al-Qaeda belief. This is especially troubling for those of us who still remember the 9/11 Attacks.

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