Fillibuster Hisssy Fit: Repubs Block Hagel Nom

WaPo reports Senate Republicans blocked a vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense today, Thursday, launching an unprecedented filibuster…

It also appears to be a noodle slap at the White House and other colleagues Dem and not so Dem.

The vote needed was 60 to move forward on the nomination. Received 58 votes. The filibuster which had little to do with statesmanship, was mainly a rant about Repubs getting no pleasure with President Obama [hardly new] and Senate Democrats [not new either].

The filibuster is notable some say rather breathlessly, for it is the first time this tactic has been used to block a Secretary of Defense nomination– although that might be somewhat like saying, this is the first time that a Blue Tick Hound has stood on its hind legs and danced.

It will seem to some a good thing. But I’d offer that it is a deadly irresponsible thing to think 1.) there is a perfect person for Sec of Defense [[often when looking at the likes of some in the past, the reaction is involuntary cud] and 2. which is most critical of all… our nation needing the oversight of an experienced person in this position as the nation’s Pentagon is readying to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and make deep and perhaps deadly budget cuts accordingly.

No one who witnessed the withdrawal of troops from Saigon can be in their most useful mind to think any withdrawal of large numbers of stabilizing troops will be serene. It will be mayhem and murder without a concrete plan by an engaged Secretary of Defense. The generals will follow THAT drumbeat.

Also, the numbers of suddenly unemployed and unlikely trained for civie life vets who will be discharged will be massive. What plan do the filibustettes have for the additional poverty and despair to come?

Many are, certainly I am, disgusted with congress people of ANY stripe who have a) never served in a war, deciding irresponsibly b) what will and must occur to others who are in war.

A filibuster at this time, is petulant, senile, and very much trying to play a caterwailing one string fiddle, while others’ actual lives are on the line.

There’s no pride to be taken in those who fritter away in fantasy trying to convince their egos, ‘Boy did I give that President, the Defense Department/ Pentagon and Chiefs of Staff a good drubbing. What a good boy are I. D’ja see that?? D’ja see whut I said??!!! Hey, ain’t I spay-chul??”

Save it for your mother to crow over her darling you.

Many are awake to this ongoing tripe played for the cameras instead of representing the populace who are in war zones. The people who see this merde in whichever affiliate party are not going back to sleep. I think we will see more and more citizens demanding that some of these round porridge pots running over, act like reasoned men. Statesmen. That was what they ran on. That’s what they’re expected to be and become.

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the image is Lindsey Graham R/ Sen. who said in Dec 2012: “Here is where the President is going to have a rude awakening: We’ll get to the end of the year, there will probably be a small deal to get to the end of the year… I can tell you this: there is a hardening on the Republican side…”

Fine [not so]. Solve the issue NOW of returning masses of soldiers who are going to be in need. Let us know ‘your big plan’ Lindsey. And, just note, since you have 2014 to worry about being re-elected or dumped, how you deal with returning soldiers and their families, how carefully, how well, how orderly…. will be closely watched.

  

Author: DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

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  1. What are they going to do after the Hagel haggle? This is just sport for them. They are doing it because they CAN…no other reason. Just big babies who have only a modicum of power and have to use it. Even McCain said that ” he will probably be appointed, but there are a few things they need answered first”. One apparently is is financial disclosure. Does he mean the financial disclosure they received and the American people received from Mitt Romney? Mitch McConnel shouldn’t be demanding anyone check too closely into finances either!!
    They are just a bunch of putz and making the Republican party the most childish and unprofessional in the history of this nation.

  2. Dr. E. you bring up some really good points…

    I am over these obtuse political trolls and their continuous obstructionism…

    Too many under bridge dwellers,instead of leaders with their prime focus on forbidding movement across any bridge that might serve the people instead of their own sour and dull self interest.

  3. As one who has steadfastly supported Chuck Hagel against the sissy, hissy, pissy McCain-Graham fits, Amen, Dr. E

  4. I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that today’s GOP is incapable of shame. This Hagel business is just another example (among too many to mention). Are there any adults in that room?

  5. ‘Boy did I give that President, the Defense Department/ Pentagon and Chiefs of Staff a good drubbing. What a good boy are I. D’ja see that?? D’ja see whut I said??!!! Hey, ain’t I spay-chul??”

    If it were about a vendetta against the President, then John Kerry would not have sailed through his confirmation process.

    If it were about holding the administration’s feet to the fire over Benghazi (one of the reasons presented), then it would be the aforementioned Secretary of State nominee who would have been filibustered.

    If it were about sheer partisanship, then Kerry would not have been confirmed either.

    No, this is about apostasy.

    The Republicans in the Senate are not settling a score with the White House, or the Pentagon, or even the Democratic Party. They’re punishing Hagel for the cardinal sin of putting country before party, and accepting a job under a Commander in Chief who doesn’t have an “R” next to his name.

  6. Dr.E,

    I hear your well expressed anger and often feel the same. It seems that the most sane thing I have heard from ANY Republican lately, is the exhortation from Jindal that they must not continue to be the STUPID party. During the Presidential primaries Newt made the mistake of actually saying he did not approve of social engineering from either the left or the right. For that brief moment of sanity, he was ejected by the GOP. McCain may occasionally insist that torture is counter productive, but I still think he sold his soul in 2008.

    I think this whole Chuck Hagel hunt is coming from a purely political play. Resentful Republicans just don’t want to let Americans forget what a travesty Benghazi was—even though it turns out they voted to cut a couple of hundred million more out of the budget for American embassies, than Democrats did. Ya Think?

    I don’t know if I would want to criticize the GOP for committing a Race card infraction, but sometimes when watching Boehner listen to Obama speak I can almost hear him mutter, “Damn Liberal Jerk!

    Obama has remained alive no matter what kind of attacks were thrown at him, so using Hagel as a pawn to plant the seeds of disdain in the pubic’s mind, Is one more effort to bring the President down that they will not let go of. We don’t pay these guys to do nothing but play games—well, occasionally perhaps, but not as a normal part of a staple propaganda diet!

  7. The thing that gets to me about this is – What was Harry Reid thinking when he shook metaphorical hands with a bunch of snakes and then invited them to climb on his back for the swim across the river?

    Doesn’t he know anything about snakes? It’s in their nature to bite him in the neck, even if it kills them.

  8. cj makes a very good point.

  9. Republicans may have failed in their expressed goal of making Obama a one term president, this doesn’t mean they won’t do all in their power to make his second term as miserable as they can. Apparently when you’re as bankrupt intellectually as the GOP is a goal like this is all you have left.

  10. Even though I have my doubts about Hagel’s qualifications, I still object to the fillibuster.

  11. This was a real stupid move, another one, by the GOP. Once again they are going to expose themselves as pure obstructionist jerks. These guys had nothing but praise for Hagel in 2008, and McCain even mentioned him as being an excellent candidate for SecState. Mitch McConnell said in ’08:

    “In two terms in the Senate, Chuck has earned the respect of his colleagues and risen to national prominence as a clear voice on foreign policy and national security,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). “He has consistently fought to expand free trade, particularly with Vietnam. Chuck’s stature as a leading voice in foreign affairs has earned him a reputation, in just 12 years in the Senate, as one of Nebraska’s great statesmen. This is a tribute to his intelligence, hard work, and devotion to a country that he has served his entire adult life.”

    Now all of a sudden he is unfit for service? Right. The GOP should have let this nomination succeed for a number of reasons, but I’ll lead with the most craven. It was in their political interest to do so. Never mind that we need that spot filled, and while maybe Hagel isn’t their ideal guy, we have a big NATO meeting next week that will have an empty seat there and there is a lot of stuff going on and that needs an active SecDef for. Throw another line item in the ever growing list of GOP absurdities.

  12. cjjack may be correct. This from John McCain:

    “It goes back to there’s a lot of ill will towards Senator Hagel because when he was a Republican, he attacked President Bush mercilessly and said he was the worst President since Herbert Hoover and said the surge was the worst blunder since the Vietnam War, which was nonsense. He was anti-his own party and people — people don’t forget that.”

  13. Thanks, yooper, that explains a lot for me.

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