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Thu Feb 14, 2013, 06:37 PM

Republicans block a vote for no reason and the entire conservative media repeats an untrue smear

The increasingly ridiculous Hagel opposition

Republicans block a vote for no reason and the entire conservative media repeats an untrue smear

BY ALEX PAREENE


Here it is, everyone, the absolute epitome of Lindsey Graham statements:

Sen Graham: "Unless there's some bombshell, I'd be prepared to move on" and vote for cloture on Hagel, after 10 days.

— Todd Zwillich (@toddzwillich) February 14, 2013

Lindsey Graham on Hagel: "10 days from now I'll feel better about it."

— Todd Zwillich (@toddzwillich) February 14, 2013

Sen. Graham and his best friend John McCain have been blocking the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as Defense secretary, because they want to know whether President Obama called the president of Libya the night of the Benghazi attack. While that’s not a very good reason to filibuster a Cabinet nominee, it is at least “a reason.” The White House has complied, giving Graham and McCain what they want. Graham’s response: Now he is just going to pointlessly delay the Hagel vote, because it will make him feel good. As always, with Lindsey Graham, being a senator is all about feelings.

While Lindsey Graham says he will have changed his mind on Hagel’s suitability in 10 days’ time, lots of other Hagel opponents are definitely not going to “feel better,” because they have all convinced themselves that Hagel is basically America’s Worst Anti-Semite. Here is some “proof,” from a guy who writes for the depressing website named after Andrew Breitbart:

On Thursday, Senate sources told Breitbart News exclusively that they have been informed that one of the reasons that President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, has not turned over requested documents on his sources of foreign funding is that one of the names listed is a group purportedly called “Friends of Hamas.”

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http://www.salon.com/2013/02/14/the_increasingly_ridiculous_hagel_opposition/

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Purveyor Feb 2013 #1
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pscot Feb 2013 #3
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 06:41 PM

1. I'm glad to hear the evening news calling this a 'filibuster'. The repukes took to the Senate floor

right after the vote scolding anyone who referred to it as a 'filibuster'.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 07:13 PM

2. They'll just manufacture a "bombshell". Or take something out of context and make it

sound bombshell-y. Or take any random utterance, or any group he's ever belonged to or gotten paid by, and make it bombshellish. Basically, anything having to do with Israel (or substitute words for Israel: Iran, Hamas, etc.).

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 07:37 PM

3. clown show

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 03:47 PM

4. Graham and McCain were determined to postpone the vote.

One way or another. It is clear now they had no particular reason, they are just being vindictive because they are pissed at Hagel because he supported Obama in 2008 and was critical of how Bush was running the Iraq war. Benghazi had zero to do with it.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 04:50 PM

5. This guy is as conservative as Republicans will get

IF they say "no" to the ultra-conservative Chuck Hagel, maybe we'll get a real Democrat in there instead? Wesley Clark?

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