Republicans block vote on Obama's defense nominee, Hagel

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SteveMD2 wrote:

Once again we can see that Obamasa triple nightmare come true for the Repubs.

A black president elected and re-elected, w ho also supports equality for gay people.

The repubs are simply pandering to their base of the southern bible belt who still long for segregtion.

Feb 14, 2013 7:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Loothor wrote:

Republicans doing what they do best, using broken political procedures to delay and disable the democratic process… they don’t give a rat’s a$$ about the will of the people or the efficiency of our Government, all they care about is using the system to hold every decision hostage as ransom to pay their corporate masters.

Feb 14, 2013 7:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sylvan wrote:

There goes Grandpa McGrump and Miss Lindsey, parading around with their backsides hanging out, embarrassing Americans with their loud histrionic screeching about irrelevant topics. What a load the GOP has become, tired pathetic, has been prima donnas.

Feb 14, 2013 7:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
heidilee2 wrote:

REPUBLICANS ARE TRAITERS TO OUR COUNTRY! We JUST re-elected the president by an overwhelming majority BUT the Republicans are trying to UNDER MIND an elected president’s DECISION. They are TRAITERS!

Feb 14, 2013 7:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse

This is good. Really good. As a joke, Obama sent a sack of rocks to capitol hill as his nomination for defense secretary. I’m sure it was a joke & he was laughing under his breath about it. Worst performance in a senate confirmation hearing in US history. In fact, a sack of rocks would have done better. Just call Obama “the geologist”.

We need to resurrect Dr. Kevorkian for this nomination. It needs a mercy killing to put it out of its misery.

Feb 14, 2013 7:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Waveman wrote:

Unemployment up to 7.9. The economy is shrinking = recession. Eqypt is an Islamic cesspool. Libya is the same and killed our ambassador, for which Obama hasn’t even come close to catching the perpetrators. Everything Obama touches turns to sh_t.

Feb 14, 2013 8:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:

retired_sandman: You’re confused. Obama didn’t nominate John McCain. There’s not a single Republican who voted against Hagel who is half the man he is. And that’s what they can’t stand.

Thanks to the Republicans Hagel will miss the NATO conference coming up next week. This sends a bad message to the international community. Once again the Republicans prove that they are happy to jeopardize our national security for political games. Pathetic.

We need people in our government who puts our country first, not fatuous, GOP partisan politics. But this is the Republicans in action. This is all they do. We either continue letting them hold this country back like a ball and chain, or we can cut them loose, and leave them behind, lost in their selfish, bigoted dreams of resurrecting the old west, remaining an irrelevant antique as the world marches on.

Feb 14, 2013 8:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse

The Republican Party just can’t quit trying to make Obama a “one term president”. Pathetic. They are destroying the GOP and even trying to blame that on th President.!

Feb 14, 2013 8:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
longtail wrote:

What part of this Republican Senator’s portfolio don’t Republicans like? I suppose it’s because he was nominated by a Democratic president. It’s like we being governed by middle schoolers.

Feb 14, 2013 8:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Sol_ wrote:

This is actually a win for the Democrats and a big lose for the Republicans. Something that the Dems have been saying and using to there advantage is that the Republicans only Policy is to block everything Obama regardless if its good for the country or not.

Whether or this is the case here is irrelevant, the Public will perceive it this way and believe the Current Republican leadership is working in their own interests and not the General Public. The GOP senate will suffer in the 2014 elections as a result

Feb 14, 2013 8:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Sol_ wrote:

This is actually a win for the Democrats and a big lose for the Republicans. Something that the Dems have been saying and using to there advantage is that the Republicans only Policy is to block everything Obama regardless if its good for the country or not.

Whether or this is the case here is irrelevant, the Public will perceive it this way and believe the Current Republican leadership is working in their own interests and not the General Public. The GOP senate will suffer in the 2014 elections as a result

Feb 14, 2013 8:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MetaM wrote:

“Republican Senator John McCain, for example, had said he opposed procedural tactics to block the vote on Hagel, but changed his mind in order to press the White House to release more information on Benghazi.”

How is this not playing politics?

Feb 14, 2013 8:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
peterpun wrote:

And the party of no change plays on…
How long before they stop with the BS..

Feb 14, 2013 8:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
libertadormg wrote:

A very sad day for America.

Feb 14, 2013 9:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JamieJR wrote:

Can anyone specifically state what Hegel’s qualifications are for being SOD? Even some Democrats said he performed badly. Reid said that this delay harms our national security. The troops in the field couldn’t care less who the SOD is; they answer to their chain of command. It isn’t a sad day for America; it’s just a normal day. And ‘Heidi’, your ‘traiter’ is correctly spelled ‘traitor’.

Feb 14, 2013 9:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
huckl wrote:

These people don’t care about the American people their only thought is appeasing their base. This is to show their power no matter who it hurts. Total discuss for these people. It’s to bad people can’t seem to remember what their congressman did in their term. Some are just fools that tell you how they saved your ass so you’ll vote for them.

Feb 14, 2013 9:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Waveman wrote:

Hagel is an incompetent, just like Obama. So it stands to reason that some people don’t want him. And of course Obama wants him because incompetents like to stick together.

Feb 14, 2013 9:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Waveman wrote:

Party of “No”? How about “No response to Benghazi?” How about “No improvement in the economy?” How about “No increase in gas prices?” Oh wait, I guess the last one was a Yes.

Feb 14, 2013 9:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Waveman wrote:

Hagel is a moron, nominated by a moron. Smart people want no part of him.

Feb 14, 2013 9:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
carolo43 wrote:

Waveman……Your Republicans praised Hagel to the heavens to all who would listen until he had the guts to say what he really thought of Bush, of his phoney war based on lies and of the surge in troops. The man spoke what he felt and he is now being punished because he spoke what he was thinking.

God knows John McCain has mouthed off way too many times but now he is punishing Hagel for the same thing he has done.

Feb 14, 2013 9:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jeff81201 wrote:

Whatever disease Bachman, Cain and Perry have has infected the whole Republican party.

Feb 14, 2013 10:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JamieJR wrote:

“their only thought is appeasing their base”?

I always thought that that is exactly what Congressmen/women were elected to do —- to carry out the will of their constituents! If that is the case, they are doing their job in the same manner as your Congresspeople are presumably listening to your desires.

Feb 14, 2013 10:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
McBob08 wrote:

Such is the insanity of the Republican Party that they’re blocking one of their own worst warhawks from being in charge of one of the biggest imperialistic military forces in the world, just because a Democratic President (a black Democratic President) nominated him. How far off the deep end can the Republicans go before all of America realizes they are ridiculous and irrelevant in the world today?

Feb 14, 2013 10:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Raelyn wrote:

It isn’t just the Republicans, it is Fox News and people like Rush Limbaugh who keep their hatred of Obama boiling at fever pitch — and yet the people re-elected Obama — Repubs just can’t handle that their hatred and insults didn’t win the election and want to poison the country.. Graham looks like a sick man ready to explode with his hatred.. and now we have this Cruz, cold as ice, in their mix.. they are deadly and set to wreck our country before they let a good president do his job..

Feb 15, 2013 12:23am EST  --  Report as abuse
fromthecenter wrote:

Just keep being the party of stupid and we’ll see what happens again in 2014. Just having rubio doing rebuttals and pretending you did a 180 on immigration wont save you. Either will your sudden reversal on woman. 2014 will be fitting end to the republican party.

Feb 15, 2013 12:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
KyuuAL wrote:

Obama should choose Mitch as the next nominee. LOLOLOLOL

Feb 15, 2013 12:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
bates148 wrote:

@JamieJR Sadly, some of these Democrats would fail U.S. Government 101. It reminds me when they were talking about the Romney/Ryan ticket not winning Wisconsin in the recent election. “It’s proof when they couldn’t even win Paul Ryan’s state that they were terrible candidates–how can someone not win the state that they represent…” they would all say. They called me a liar when I told them Paul Ryan represented Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district, not the entire state. Hence, not everyone in the state of Wisconsin voted for the man to represent them, just the people in his district.

We just have to be patient with them. Sooner or later they will catch up on checks and balances; the Senate’s constitutional “advice and consent” responsibilities and why we have confirmation hearings.

Feb 15, 2013 12:56am EST  --  Report as abuse
bates148 wrote:

@fromthecenter I’ve heard that before, maybe 2008? Then we had the 2010 elections. Keep drinking the kool aid buddy.

Feb 15, 2013 1:02am EST  --  Report as abuse

Once again it’s party over country.

Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan would puke if they were alive to see what the Republican party has become.

Feb 15, 2013 1:31am EST  --  Report as abuse

Once again it’s party over country.

Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan would puke if they were alive to see what the Republican party has become.

Feb 15, 2013 1:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
obamaisright wrote:

bates 2010 election has proven to be the biggest mistake in the history of Congress. No matter how bad Obama and the Democrats might be, we know the Republicans would only make it worse.

Feb 15, 2013 5:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
kurmudgeon wrote:

I don’t pay taxes for congress to rubber stamp ANY nomination,, But let’s get it on.

Feb 15, 2013 6:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
CMEBARK wrote:

Waveman go pick up your gun and bible and go look for the WMD.

Feb 15, 2013 8:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
z0rr0 wrote:

I guess this refutes all allegations about “intimidation by the pro-Israel lobby”

Feb 15, 2013 11:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
bemore2day wrote:

@Waveman…or is it “Caveman”?

The appointment of Hagel has nothing to do with Benghazi. Hagel had nothing to do with Benghazi. To filibuster the confirmation vote of Hagel as a blackmail or a bargaining chip to further exploit Benghazi is irresponsible and totally out of place.

If Graham & McCain feel that their questions on Benghazi still have not been answered, let them go through the proper channels & process’ to obtain it!

Since both Graham & McCain have said they WILL vote after their break/vacation, it is obvious that this is all just political posturing & another waste of valuable legislative time.

Feb 15, 2013 1:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jaham wrote:

Hagel’s nomination should be blocked until he provides documentation of his financial ties to the Atlanta council.

Michele Flournay is the much better choice, anyways.

Feb 15, 2013 2:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:

jaham: “Hagel’s nomination should be blocked until he provides documentation of his financial ties to the Atlanta council.”

Right, and Obama shouldn’t be elected, and then reelected, until he shows a legitimate “long form” birth certificate; and Clinton should be impeached because he had sex outside of his marriage; and John Kerry shouldn’t be elected over Bush because…because he’s probably lying about his service in Vietnam.

In the meantime, Bush and the Republicans did nothing wrong going into Iraq. Let’s not look into something Republicans did that cost 100,000 innocent people their lives and the American tax payer a trillion dollars with nothing to show for it. The nation has grown tired of the hypocritical, rightwing partisan excuses. Had Obama chosen Michele Flournay you’d be shouting HER down and wondering aloud why he didn’t choose someone like Chuck Hagel. Chuck Hagel is a fully qualified candidate for Defense Sec. and should, therefore, be confirmed. No Republican has offered a legitimate reason not to confirm Hagel.

We’re tired of it and just want our government to work again. The Republicans couldn’t make it any clearer to the American people that if we really want to see government work for us again, we have to get rid of the Republicans. They offer no other choice. Their way or nothing. We don’t want their way and we don’t want nothing. They need to go. Then we can pressure the Democrats to do the right things, but the Republicans are beyond help. They need to go, if we truly love this country and want it to work for us again. There’s no other way.

Feb 15, 2013 4:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
stambo2001 wrote:

Didn’t Hagel help draft the Iraq war resolution “Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.”? You know, one of those ‘Bush Wars’? You know, the one that Hillary Clinton voted for?

Yeah, he was.

So the lefties rage on and on and on about the money spent on the Iraq war and yet want to make one of the fellows directly responsible for the nightmare Secretary of Defense?!? harharhar!

Feb 15, 2013 5:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:

stambo2001: I don’t think Hagel helped draft the Iraq War resolution, but he did vote for it. Perhaps after learning that he’d been deceived by the Bush Administration he decided to take a principled position opposing the war. Wouldn’t you?

But you’re missing the point entirely. Obama has a right to fill his cabinet posts with whomever he wants, and unless there is a strong reason to oppose his selections, it is up to the Senate to confirm his choices. No Republican has offered a legitimate reason to oppose Hagel. This is pure politics, and it’s, and yet, another blow delivered by the Republicans against the best interests of our nation. Hagel is a fully capable, honorable man. Perhaps that’s what has the GOP opposing him. They don’t seem to like honorable men. Consider Bush and Cheney.

Besides, wouldn’t your “logic” also apply in the reverse? If you want to laugh at the Democrats for supporting a Republican who voted in favor of the war as the next Sec of Defense, shouldn’t you also be laughing at the Republicans for opposing a cabinet nominee who supported them in going to war in Iraq?

Perhaps the bigger point is this: Consider the Iraq War and the lies we were told to get us there. Consider the lives that were lost, the loss of US credibility, and the trillion + dollars spent, money we now desperately need, and we now have nothing to show for. Now consider the Party that is still defending those actions. It’s time to put that party out to pasture.

Feb 15, 2013 8:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
edvaz_2000 wrote:

The GOP is right. How can we appoint a patriotic Purple Heart Vietnam veteran as leader of America’s military forces who had the audacity to say:

“I’m a United States Senator. I support Israel. But my first interest is I take an oath of office to the Constitution of the United States. Not to a president. Not a party. Not to Israel. If I go run for Senate in Israel, I’ll do that.”

How dare Chuck Hagel utter such treasonous nonsense! What a horrible anti-semitic statement to make! It is apparent where his loyalty lies.

Obama must correct this awkward situation by nominating Bibi Netanyahu as Secretary of Defense.

Feb 16, 2013 12:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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