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No surprise: Hagel wins cloture vote easily
Hotair ^ | 02/26/2013 | AllahPundit

Posted on 02/26/2013 12:36:24 PM PST by SeekAndFind

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:

R's voting to end debate on Hagel: Alexander, Ayotte, Blunt, Burr, Chambliss, Coburn, Cochran, Collins, Corker, Flake, Graham, Hatch ...

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 26, 2013

R’s voting to end debate on Hagel (con’t): Johanns, McCain, Murkowski, Sessions, Shelby and Thune.

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 26, 2013

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:

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

— Daniel Foster (@DanFosterNRO) February 26, 2013

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: 113th; chuckhagel; defense; hagel; hagelsecdef

1 posted on 02/26/2013 12:36:34 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Of course. In the end, they all just go along to get along. They may be the world’s most exclusive club, but they are also the nation’s most despised.


2 posted on 02/26/2013 12:39:24 PM PST by AdaGray (squi)
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To: SeekAndFind

What does it take to get Murkowski to signup as a ‘rat?


3 posted on 02/26/2013 12:42:03 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh good grief, you got played. Likewise, every leftist got played, too.

Hagel is pro-fracking and sits on Chevron’s Board of Directors. His key viewpoint is that the U.S. is safer by becoming less dependent on foreign oil imports.

0bama just conned the Greens into supporting fracking in the U.S.


4 posted on 02/26/2013 12:43:01 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: SeekAndFind

If Charlie Manson were nominated he would be confirmed.


5 posted on 02/26/2013 12:43:57 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Southack

I disagree. The economy only GOP got played. How is the Defense Secretary going to impact the economy and fracking? The foreign policy problems, however, will be impacted by his new position.


6 posted on 02/26/2013 12:49:52 PM PST by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: SeekAndFind
This is VALIDATION that it is pretty much ONE BIG LOSERS CLUB.

Unqualified or inept, the mentality seems to be... "I'll support you as long as you support me."

My point: Ineptness begets MORE ineptness.

7 posted on 02/26/2013 12:57:04 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: AdaGray

I send my Senate money to the Senate Conservatives Fund


8 posted on 02/26/2013 12:59:14 PM PST by oldtimer
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To: SeekAndFind

The Senate contrasts with the will of Americans on foreign policy, and serves instead, the will of a few special constituents: leaders in the paradigm of immorality.


9 posted on 02/26/2013 1:00:16 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96)
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To: SeekAndFind

Eighteen Republicans voted yes.... cowards all.


10 posted on 02/26/2013 1:03:32 PM PST by Gator113 ( REGISTER THE DAMN LIBERALS and leave my guns alone!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Having Republicans spend a month tearing him up was useful as a way to drain him of that “bipartisan” cred;

Denying his confirmation would have been better than merely 'useful'.

11 posted on 02/26/2013 1:12:07 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind

he gets 80-90 to confirm


12 posted on 02/26/2013 1:20:29 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: AdaGray

Vichy Republican traitors. A rope and a lamp post, please.


13 posted on 02/26/2013 1:21:08 PM PST by Noumenon (One individual with courage, determination and a rifle can change the course of history.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hagel is one complete, flaming goofball. He probably reversed himself a dozen times in front of Congress, some of them on the fly. Cut down/defund our military and put this potatohead in charge of the DOD and we are walking a fine line towards tempting other nations to attack us.

We will regret this. 0bama won’t.


14 posted on 02/26/2013 1:27:30 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Both my RINOs from TN voted to end debate, Alexander and Corker.


15 posted on 02/26/2013 1:38:31 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (There is no requirement to show need in order to exercise your rights.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Murkowski is a Republican? Who would of known. Scratching my head and making faces...


16 posted on 02/26/2013 2:02:37 PM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: oldtimer

I send mine to the NRA and have told them so (twice).

The latest request for money survey asked what I would do differently to which I replied: “Tell Karl Rove to take a hike - he’s driving the Tea Party away from the process. The only time he’s ever won anything was by beating 2 weakling Dems and Gore was really close.”


17 posted on 02/26/2013 2:06:58 PM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: SeekAndFind

89-10, as I’ve said all along.

The “confirmation after GOP puts up a strong fight” is just the WWE of politics.


18 posted on 02/26/2013 2:21:41 PM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Jim Noble
The GOP is the Washington Generals of politics.
19 posted on 02/26/2013 2:24:07 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Let’s all celebrate the ineptitude of our federal government, as exemplified by Chuck Hagel.


20 posted on 02/26/2013 2:24:42 PM PST by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: dfwgator

The GOP is the Washington Generals of politics.
=== = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Don’t pick on the Generals. They at least won A game in ‘71.

Talk about a nation being led by a ‘Ship Of Fools’:

pRes B OBAMA
VP J BIDEN
SP HOU BOEHNER
SEC ST J KERRY
SEDDEF HAGEL
ATTY GEN HOLDER

A WHOLE DECK FULL OF ACES COULDN’T BEAT THAT CREW.

It is definitely a case of taking STUPID to a new low.

Damon Runyon couldn’t come up with a more motley crew.

Joseph Heller couldn’t write a book to make the lot of them seem real, even his characters in “Catch 22” had a purpose.

The only place in Hollywood where they could fit in naturally would be “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” but they would probably be better off in “OZ”.


21 posted on 02/26/2013 2:42:07 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s pretty sad that the Senators listed thought Obama’s lack of candor on Bengazi was a good reason to block Hagel, but his obvious inability to do the job wasn’t. Makes you agree with the liberals they’re just a bunch of political hacks.


22 posted on 02/26/2013 2:45:30 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Cyber Liberty

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/hagel-clears-filibuster-hurdle-is-set-for-confirmation/2013/02/26/589b3fa6-8030-11e2-a350-49866afab584_story.html?hpid=z1?wpisrc=al_comboNP_p

Notice Rand Paul’s name on those voting to confirm the worthless Hagel. Let me clue you in on Paul. He is exactly like his old man, he’s an Israel-hater. Like the old man saying “Israel is tough enough to defend themselves”. This is junior’s view. He also hates the military, just like the old man, but does not have the guts to admit it, unlike the old man.

The four Republican senators voting in favor were Thad Cochran (Miss.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Richard C. Shelby (Ala.) and Rand Paul (Ky.). All 41 no votes came from Republicans.


23 posted on 02/26/2013 2:53:01 PM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet

If the GOP doesn’t have the courage to impose an anti-Semitic, islamist appeasing hack like Hagel, who will they oppose? And why are they getting paid to take up space and income in the Senate?


24 posted on 02/26/2013 6:13:12 PM PST by littleharbour ("All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. ~ James Madison)
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To: Southack

So long as my son doesn’t have to go from Afghanistan to Syria, I’ll be happy.


25 posted on 02/27/2013 12:32:02 AM PST by gleeaikin
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