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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:37 AM

GOP Senators Urge Obama To Drop Hagel Nomination (LETTER)

Source: TPM

DAVID TAINTOR 11:08 AM EST, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2013

A group of Republican senators on Thursday sent President Obama a letter, urging him to withdraw the nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary.

"It would be unprecedented for a Secretary of Defense to take office without the broad base of bipartisan support and confidence needed to serve effectively in this critical position," the senators wrote. "Over the last half-century, no Secretary of Defense has been confirmed and taken office with more than three Senators voting against him. Further, in the history of this position, none has ever been confirmed with more than 11 opposing votes. The occupant of this critical office should be someone whose candidacy is neither controversial nor divisive."

Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Roger Wicker (R-MS), David Vitter (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dan Coats (R-IN), Ron Johnson (R - WI), Jim Risch (R-ID), John Barrasso (R-WY), Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Tim Scott (R-SC) signed the letter to the President.

Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/gop-senators-urge-obama-to-drop-hagel-nomination



You can read the full letter at the link, above

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Reply GOP Senators Urge Obama To Drop Hagel Nomination (LETTER) (Original post)
DonViejo Feb 2013 OP
MjolnirTime Feb 2013 #1
Kingofalldems Feb 2013 #2
Sekhmets Daughter Feb 2013 #3
Wichita Pilot Feb 2013 #4
TwilightGardener Feb 2013 #5
OKNancy Feb 2013 #6
sharp_stick Feb 2013 #7
okwmember Feb 2013 #8
Mnemosyne Feb 2013 #18
okwmember Feb 2013 #21
Mnemosyne Feb 2013 #29
Third Doctor Feb 2013 #30
Mnemosyne Feb 2013 #32
Smll_Ax3 Feb 2013 #9
catbyte Feb 2013 #11
Purveyor Feb 2013 #10
DonViejo Feb 2013 #36
BE10sCoach Feb 2013 #12
Historic NY Feb 2013 #13
leftyohiolib Feb 2013 #14
DonViejo Feb 2013 #24
Jeff In Milwaukee Feb 2013 #15
SunSeeker Feb 2013 #33
hobbit709 Feb 2013 #16
otohara Feb 2013 #17
DetlefK Feb 2013 #19
MynameisBlarney Feb 2013 #20
Vattel Feb 2013 #22
Jennicut Feb 2013 #23
watoos Feb 2013 #25
alp227 Feb 2013 #28
Coyotl Feb 2013 #26
Cleita Feb 2013 #27
Proud Liberal Dem Feb 2013 #31
jmowreader Feb 2013 #34
LeftInTX Feb 2013 #35
MiniMe Feb 2013 #37

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:39 AM

1. They know they've lost. Hagel will be confirmed.

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:41 AM

2. If a republican asks you to do something

do the opposite.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:41 AM

3. The first thought that came to mind

was not polite...and I'd do it with a hot poker as well.

I think this letter is the best proof yet that Hagel is the perfect. choice!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:42 AM

4. Boo!

Just reading all those names makes me shudder. What a cast of losers.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:43 AM

5. As Dave Weigel says, NOW the threshold isn't 51 or 60 votes, it's 89 votes.

Goddamn, what morons. I hope the White House is cleaning up Bo's morning dump with this letter.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:43 AM

6. Well, if that isn't a list of the most worthless

Senators, I don't know what is. Insert cuss word here: __________

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:43 AM

7. I look at the list of names

on that letter and I'm hard pressed to think of 15 people I'd enjoy pissing off more. These are 15 assholes that really need to be run out of Government on a rail, I'd even donate the tar and feathers.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:46 AM

8. While I try not to let anything the Republicans do surprise me,

the timing of this does. Why the letter now when the inevitable confirmation is so near? Hell, I read that even Richard Shelby (Asshole-Alabama) said he was voting to confirm. I guess the last gasp of a dying stall.

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Response to okwmember (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:58 AM

18. Shelby, Asshole-Alabama, was elected as a D. They've done this all over the country and we

wonder why people think there is no difference between the parties.

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Response to Mnemosyne (Reply #18)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:04 PM

21. Yeah, but he changed parties almost 20 years ago.

He's been a repug long enough to have to eat the title. Hell, its one of the reasons I gave it to him.

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Response to okwmember (Reply #21)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:56 PM

29. I lived in AL when he pulled that crap. I simply meant they have lied their way into office as D's

for many years. And the problem is that some don't ever 'switch parties', they sabotage us with their votes.

And he is still an asshole, that did not change.

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Response to Mnemosyne (Reply #29)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:59 PM

30. Amen. I remember when Shelby pulled that

crap.

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Response to Third Doctor (Reply #30)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:05 PM

32. I never understood why anyone that voted for him didn't ride him out on a rail.

No one seemed to do anything about it at all, that I've ever heard about.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:47 AM

9. I thought Inhofe was gone?

or am i thinking of some other worthless fuck?

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Response to Smll_Ax3 (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:50 AM

11. It was another worthless fuck. Unfortunately Inhofe is still thee.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:49 AM

10. I notice that McCain didn't sign the 'letter'... eom

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Response to Purveyor (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:55 PM

36. I saw that too, Purveyor...

Johnny Boy is probably relishing the chance to vote against his "friend." Withdrawing Hagel's nomination would deny him that joy in his old age.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:51 AM

12. GOP Senators

Hahahahahahahahahaha, go smoke some weed guys, ain't gonna happen. A group of Democratic Senators should send a letter to Mitch Mcconnell requesting you nut bags resign! LOL

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:52 AM

13. Why do they hate their country...

the President should politiely tell them to GFTS. They are trying to take a heavy hand and shape the administration policies by once again opposing anything President Obama wants. They are using Hagel for leverage and thats wrong he deserves and up or down vote.

There are 100 Senators, 89 approving is a winning number.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:54 AM

14. GOP senator signals support for Hagel nomination so which is it ?

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Response to leftyohiolib (Reply #14)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:06 PM

24. Shelby didn't sign the letter nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:54 AM

15. Uh huh....

Over the last half-century, no Secretary of Defense has been confirmed and taken office with more than three Senators voting against him


Well, a lot of precedents have been broken since you assholes came to town. So I think we'll all just have to live with it.

For example, no nominee for the Secretary of Defense has EVER been opposed by a Senator who is known to wear adult-sized diapers while frequenting New Orleans hookers. So there's that.

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Response to Jeff In Milwaukee (Reply #15)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:06 PM

33. LOL nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:54 AM

16. whatever those twits want is worthless, just like them.

Talk about a mass of oxygen stealing wastes of skin.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:56 AM

17. Bipartisian MY Ass

fuckers just hate PBO -

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:02 PM

19. Obama should agree IMMEDIATELY and demand a filibuster-free vote in return!!!!!!!

A simple token of republican good will:
A letter signed by every single republican senator that they will give the next person Obama nominates a clean up-or-down vote in the Senate, without filibustering or any other obstacles related to Senate rules.




And then Obama should nominate a Democrat. (Is Hillary available?)

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:03 PM

20. To which Pres. Obama should reply

LOLNOPE!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:04 PM

22. Keep Hagel, dump Brennan.

Brennan with his expansive views of executive power should be dumped. Hagel at least has the virtue of not being pro-every-damn-war-we-ever-fought.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:05 PM

23. Whatever. Hagel will have a majority and the delay was pointless.

Although the Repubs just made themselves look obstructionist and petty, AGAIN. What else is new?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:10 PM

25. How many of those 15 Cons

served in the military?

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Response to watoos (Reply #25)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:56 PM

28. I know rubio didn't. As for the others:

Coats served in the army 1966-68
Wicker, Air force, 76-04 (a reservist after 1980)
Graham has been an air force reservist since 1988 since six years active service
Inhofe, Army 1956-58

Jim Risch could have been drafted to serve in vietnam after graduating from law school in 68, but he entered public office instead.

Some these senators got student deferments during vietnam, and Lee went to college during the gulf war.

(source: the senators' wikipedia articles)

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:25 PM

26. They wrote: "We are the Right but we don't like guys who are right."

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:31 PM

27. Fine with me. The President can then offer them somebody like Wesley Clark. Oh, and this time

he should get some dirt, like secret gay activity, or children fathered by them outside of marriage, or better yet, stuff that is even more damning like pedophilia that he can blackmail them with to do the right thing. Yes, it's time for our President to channel LBJ and do what he needs to do to make the Republicans cooperative.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:01 PM

31. The President's nominees deserve an up-or-down vote

and if a majority of Senators vote for the nominee, he is approved. That is all that is required by law. There is also nobody else that President Obama might nominate who is going to satisfy people like Ted Cruz, Tom Coburn, et. al. Sorry, Pubs, Obama isn't going to nominate John Bolton for the job.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:29 PM

34. Think back many years

When Bush was submitting evil men like Rumsfeld, the GOP told us to give him the team he asked for.

Hagel is a decent human being but the GOP is filibustering him. Disconnect much?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:39 PM

35. Obama should get on his bully pulpit about the Iraq War lies

What do Republicans want? Another war
How do they want to go about it? With a bunch of lies

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:02 PM

37. McCain's name is not on the letter. A little progress I guess

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