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GOP Senators: We’re Not Going to Confirm Kerry Until Clinton Testifies on Benghazi
Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2012 | Leah Barkoukis

Posted on 12/27/2012 12:47:52 PM PST by Kaslin

Sec. Clinton may have gotten out of testifying last week because of the concussion she sustained after fainting, but that doesn’t mean she’s in the clear on Benghazi just yet. The Washington Examiner has the details:

Republican senators will refuse to confirm Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as Secretary of State until the nation’s current top diplomat, Hillary Clinton, testifies about her handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack.

“The Senate is expected to take up Kerry’s nomination in early January, but multiple Republican senators have already said they won’t agree to a vote on Kerry’s nomination until Clinton testifies about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi,” The Cable’s Josh Rogin notes.

Although Clinton vowed to adopt the 29 recommendations in the Accountability Review Board’s report, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said the document still leaves many unanswered questions, which the secretary “will need to personally address.”

For instance, Clinton was “the first cabinet-level official to acknowledge that terrorists played a role in the assault on the U.S. mission in Benghazi,” as the article states, yet prior to that she was perfectly content to denounce the First Amendment by placing blame squarely on the anti-Islam YouTube video. The State Department even went so far as to spend $70,000 in taxpayer funds to buy ads on Pakistani television stations featuring Clinton and Obama denouncing the film.

Of course, there are a host of other questions lawmakers want to know regarding what happened leading up to and during the attack that left four Americans dead, which the report failed to cover. If Clinton was willing to take responsibility (even if it was 35 days after the attack), it’s time for her to come out of hiding and testify about her handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack.


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: hillary; kerry; testalie
I am not sure if this really matters, since we do not have the majority in the Senate
1 posted on 12/27/2012 12:47:59 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Sure, leave us without a Sec of State . . . that’ll help win you elections Repubs.


2 posted on 12/27/2012 12:50:40 PM PST by ksen
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To: ksen
Sure, leave us without a Sec of State . . . that’ll help win you elections Repubs.

Your comment makes no sense.

3 posted on 12/27/2012 12:57:29 PM PST by frogjerk (Obama Claus is coming to town!)
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To: ksen

Lmao we have one now and it doesn’t seem to help. Delay that gassy windbag until she talks it won’t hurt a damn thing.


4 posted on 12/27/2012 12:58:50 PM PST by linn37 (w)
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To: ksen
Sure, leave us without a Sec of State

That's not a problem. Even if Clinton resigns before Kerry is confirmed, some Deputy Secretary of State will take over as Acting Secretary and things will keep on running.

that’ll help win you elections Repubs.

In fact, it will. It would be refreshing to see the GOP push back for once, and not roll over like frightened sheep.

5 posted on 12/27/2012 1:04:13 PM PST by Leaning Right
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To: linn37

She will ‘testalie’ any way.

Swearing to tell the truth? “I can’t remember, my minds in a blender...it’s jello jello jello.”


6 posted on 12/27/2012 1:04:38 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; onyx; ...
Well? Crap sandwich either way. Having nobody is better than having either hillary or kerry.

Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.


Benghazi Index

7 posted on 12/27/2012 1:05:54 PM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: linn37

Why would any Republican vote to confirm Kerry?

They all know of his record. His record is abominable. Lies Cowardice, Traitor, Treason, War Criminal, Commie Lover, liberal trash, little rich boy, what he didn’t inherit he married in to.

Any Repuiblican who votes for Kerry should get a ride out of Washington on a rail.


8 posted on 12/27/2012 1:07:00 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Kaslin

where is she?


9 posted on 12/27/2012 1:08:33 PM PST by hecht (america 9/11, Israel 24/7)
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To: Venturer
Although Kerry is despicable, Rice was FAR worse.

Kerry is going to be confirmed. Collins has already said she would vote for him and McCain will also. All they need is a handful of other votes.

10 posted on 12/27/2012 1:11:32 PM PST by what's up
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To: Venturer

Most if not all Republicans will vote to confirm Kerry because he is a member of The Club. Senate Collegiality and all that rot. I suspect Obama and Reid will try and use this to abolish the hold and the filibuster.


11 posted on 12/27/2012 1:15:31 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Venturer

did cary ever pay the MA taxes on that big boat he had docked in NH?.......did cary ever release his military file PT249?, like he said he was going to, during the ‘06 campaign?


12 posted on 12/27/2012 1:17:03 PM PST by stickywillie (God Bless Lord Monckton)
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To: Kaslin

Sorry...not buying this claptrap. The pubbies don’t have the stones to stop anything from the 0bamunists; not in the House and not in Senate.
Anything published to the contrary is pure, unadulterated BS.


13 posted on 12/27/2012 1:22:20 PM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Still seeking change.)
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To: Venturer

Lies Cowardice, Traitor, Treason, War Criminal, Commie Lover, liberal trash....

&&&
Exactly. Not that the Senate needs their votes anyway, but any Republican who votes for Gheghis Kerry is a total jerk.


14 posted on 12/27/2012 1:39:03 PM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: stickywillie

Don’t know what he did with the boat. He never released his Form 180 like he promised.


15 posted on 12/27/2012 1:44:16 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I think you are right.

One of he Frat boys. Damned shame if they do, wish there were more I could do about it.

As far as I am concerned any Republican who votes for Kerry should be tossed out of the Senate on their ear. Any democrat who votes for him only confirms the fact that they are Obama’s slaves.


16 posted on 12/27/2012 1:46:28 PM PST by Venturer
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To: what's up

I wish Collins would join the Democrat party, she is nothing but a quisling.


17 posted on 12/27/2012 1:47:51 PM PST by Venturer
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To: hecht

The GOP has a spine? What a shock?


18 posted on 12/27/2012 2:15:56 PM PST by Signalman
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To: Kaslin

If a Republican speaks in the woods (or anywhere else for that matter) does anyone give a smelly Obama?


19 posted on 12/27/2012 2:31:32 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Leaning Right

Talk, talk, talk, these republicans are big p$)&$y and will cave so fast there head will spin


20 posted on 12/27/2012 3:00:38 PM PST by personalaccts (Is George W going to protect the border?)
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To: Bigg Red

Gheghis = Genghis


21 posted on 12/27/2012 3:05:12 PM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy; Clintonfatigued; randita; Perdogg; unkus; Coop

Ed Markey says he’ll run for Kerry’s Senate seat in the special election:

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/markey-to-run-for-kerry-s-senate-seat/article_257380f6-5061-11e2-a298-0019bb2963f4.html

If Kerry isn’t confirmed until mid-January at the earliest, he won’t resign until then, and the special election won’t be held until 145-160 days after the resignation (with Governor Deval Patrick appointing a placeholder to the Senate until the special election is held), so we’re looking at a June special election, when all the college kids in Boston have gone back to their home states and when turnout likely will be lowest. I like Scott Brown’s chances against an old fart like Markey who has spent his entire life in Congress.

Ed Markey was sworn in as a member of Congress on November 2, 1976, and will have served over 36-and-one-half years in the House by the time the special election is held. What’s the record for the longest House career before being elected to the Senate? I remember DJ pointing out, when Ben Cardin was elected to the Senate in 2006 after 20 years in the House, how rare it was for someone to give up so much House seniority for a Senate seat.

OK, I looked it up, and, at least among men who served in Congress at least 36 years, the most years of House service prior to serving in the Senate were 32 years by Frederick Gillett (R-MA). Perhaps someone was elected to the Senate after serving more than 32 years in the House, but certainly not after serving 36+ years. So Markey’s election to the Senate would be unprecedented.


22 posted on 12/27/2012 3:57:16 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Impy; raccoonradio; campaignPete R-CT; Perdogg; fieldmarshaldj; NFHale; ...

My douchebag of a congressman... I know it’s asking too much, but it would be such a gift if the human windbag resigned from Congress to run for the Senate.


23 posted on 12/27/2012 4:25:21 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Time to musk up.)
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To: Venturer
Any Repuiblican who votes for Kerry should get a ride out of Washington on a rail.

One of Kerry's biggest admirers is none other than AZ McPain.Can "Lovable Lindsey" be far behind?

24 posted on 12/27/2012 5:09:34 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Impy; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; campaignPete R-CT; BlackElk; Dr. Sivana

I think it was Speaker Gillett who set the record. Markey, of course, doesn’t have to give up his seat to run. Still, the stupidity of trading in over 36 years of House seniority to be a backbencher in the Senate while in your late 60s takes the cake. Even if he wins, he won’t get more than a term or two before death or a hungrier Dem takes him down (or a Republican). Another problem for him is that he probably isn’t very well known outside his district. I recall seeing a poll showing Brown ahead of all the House members in a matchup. Brown could easily paint Markey as a 4-decade long career politician dinosaur.


25 posted on 12/27/2012 6:02:25 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; All
I've never seen him in his district.
26 posted on 12/27/2012 6:24:55 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Time to musk up.)
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To: Kaslin

I could care less if the bitch testifies. I do care if my Republican senator votes for John f’n Kerry. If he does, he will not receive my vote in the future. I did not vote for a senator that approves of traitors. Do I expect anything less? Of course, Republicans have no principles and no ability to articulate positive values and policy for our republic.


27 posted on 12/27/2012 6:26:09 PM PST by ConservativeInPA (It is impossible to have a good faith negotiations with terrorists or any Muslim.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

His district is DC. So are all of the career politicians.


28 posted on 12/27/2012 8:35:54 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; GOPsterinMA; campaignPete R-CT

I guess he’s tired of being back in the minority in the House.

It looks like he is the guy, Kerry and the widow Kennedy have endorsed him as has the DSCC.

Sure seems like a crappy choice to me.

I suppose Deval will appoint him so he will be the incumbent.


29 posted on 12/28/2012 4:47:58 PM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; GOPsterinMA; campaignPete R-CT

Unless he’s too fearful to leave his House seat with victory not assured.

But it seems like he doesn’t want to be in the House anymore.


30 posted on 12/28/2012 4:49:31 PM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; campaignPete R-CT

I don’t think Markey will take the chance of losing and having to leave Washington; he’ll ask Patrick to name a placeholder.


31 posted on 12/28/2012 5:39:57 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; campaignPete R-CT

My prediction assumes that the RATs don’t change the law to get rid of the quick special election; if they change the law and the appointment lasts until November 2014, then I think that Markey will accept the appointment.


32 posted on 12/28/2012 5:45:22 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

You got that right.


33 posted on 12/31/2012 6:05:13 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (Time to musk up.)
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To: ksen
Sure, leave us without a Sec of State . . . that’ll help win you elections Repubs.

WHAT??!!! You WANT the Republicans to hurry along the confirmation of JOHN KERRY as SEC OF STATE?!
34 posted on 01/03/2013 6:45:44 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Most if not all Republicans will vote to confirm Kerry because he is a member of The Club.

Exactly! He has "done his time. He has been a "loyal Senator". He is, after all, the SENIOR Senator from Massachusetts! Now the question is, WHO will Gov. Patrick pick as a replacement? Can you believe that I read DUKAKIS is on the short list?

Dukakis seen as possible Senate replacement if Kerry tapped for State
35 posted on 01/03/2013 6:51:33 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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