Two of the most outspoken Republican critics of Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense indicated Sunday that they would no longer hold up his Senate confirmation. Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said on Fox News Sunday that he would stand aside because Mr. Hagel had disavowed comments that he was said to have made (Snip) “I don’t believe he is qualified,” Mr. McCain said. “But I don’t believe that we should hold up his nomination any further because I think it’s a reasonable amount of time to have questions answered.”
Comments: Graham & McCain are definitely two RINOS that need to be put out to pasture by the Tea Party. This is why we are heading for WWIII with the current crop of 0bama appointees to his cabinet and tepid GOP challenges.
Thankfully, sanity is making a comeback. The GOP is back and open for business! Gramnesty and McAmnesty are unlikely saviors of a party gone right of Rove, but we will take what we can get. Onward, out of the desert. Next step, destroy gun grabbing, amnesty, and carbon taxes. Then, make a deal with Dear Leader, Nobel peas prize upon him, regarding sequester. Get that pipeline built!
Why does passage of time while you are waiting for your questions to be answered affect the qualifications of the candidate? IMHO, if he won´t answer questions from Congress before he starts the job, he certainly won´t answer questions after he has it.
Graham and McCain...two camera lovers who are about as close as you can get to despicable. Seriously...try to imagine either of them proceeding in a political career without speaking in front of cameras. Two lightweight jerks.
We don´t know the answer to John McCain´s question to David Gregory today on ´´Meet the Press´´: ´´Don´t you care that four Americans died´´ at Benghazi?
But we DO know now that John McCain himself does NOT care what happens to other Americans like the four who died at Benghazi, because he´s preparing to vote into the office of Secretary of Defense a man whom he himself states he believes is UNQUALIFIED to hold that office, thereby placing everyone in the American military in danger.
How would John McCain have liked to serve under unqualified officers when he was in the military? ´´Despicable´´ is too good a word for John McCain.
Once again the progressives-in-republican wrapping have performed their political two-step slide dance, as demonstrated by Charles Durning in "The Best Little Horehouse in Texas." They make some conservative noises so that the GOPer cheerleaders can lambast patriots with the "Republicans are conservative enough" canard, but then drop their charade in the name of comity when it actually comes to doing something meaningful.
And, once again, we are expected to support this carp. Not me, not any more. It seems our nation has as many enemies within the "Stupid Party" as the Dims have in theirs.
What good will it do to "take over the Senate" in 2014 if alls we´ll get will be Rove Republicans? If this is the best the GOP can do, they can go the way of the Whigs. I can hardly wait for the usual suspects to post how misguided and prey to Dim propaganda anyone is who actually believes in the Constitution and has the termity to complain.
Just read the article about police officers in Atlanta being arrested for their criminal activities using their badges and patrol cars to help the bad guys. This article seems very similar. Besides lamenting the condition of the country, we should think about why we´re in this shape. America the beautiful; God shed His grace on thee. Does anyone remember Him?
So if I understand it, stonewall and all objections to your confirmation will disappear. Yeah, that seems about right to unprincipled drones whose only consideration is their political power. It is men like these who have brought us to the brink. McCain and Graham represent everything that is wrong in Washington. They have been there way too long and have no core principles. We know the no matter what they say, they will eventually cave to the ruling class. It is who they are.
Hey republicans from SC! 2014 is not far away. Send the message to your senator ASAP. He was elected to do the bidding of his constituents, not to scratch the back of his insane, incoherent buddy Hagel!
I heard Graham´s remarks. He said he asked Hagel whether he said something Graham considered a deal breaker. Graham said that Haagel didn´t remember saying it and said he was sure he would not haave said such a thing. Graham said, basically, he would take Hagel´s word, (as a gentleman) and would, therefore, have to vote for him. Is he a RINO or is he a principled man who is trying to play by the rules?
@22, we here in SC have been working to replace Miss Lindsey since the midst of his first term. The problem is not that more conservative candidates cannot be found. The problem is our corrupt open primary system, wherein Ds can declare themselves R For A Day and vote the slimy little toad back in.
And by the way, Lindsey´s official opinion of himself is that he was elected to vote the way HE sees fit... not the way WE want. Told me that hisself.
Stars of the GOP Kabuki theater. They get their mugs on TV to express "reasonable" concerns to placate conservatives. Then the deadline approaches: we have a crisis. Then the Senate "gang" to the rescue. Finally the intended "cave" as the fat lady sings. (Are there fat ladies in Kabuki?) How many times must we wee this? How many times must we put up with this? Go away. Just go away.
I had a dream in which Senators went before the cameras and said to their constituents back home, “Well people, go to my website and tell me which way you’d like me to vote. I’ll vote the way you want me to.”
I know, I know, the Senate is a club . . . blah, blah. If he´s not qualified, you vote no. If a simple no vote is not enough, you do whatever you need to do. DOD is too important to be put in the hands of two incompetents (the other being Fauxbama).
Am I misunderstanding what "end bid to block" means? I thought they were just ending the filibuster and allowing his nomination to come to a vote. I assume they will vote no. That doesn´t mean he won´t still be confirmed.
I´ve had it with RINOs. I changed my registration to independent because of the Grahams and the McCains in the Senate and the House. Each time I receive a letter asking for RNC national, state or local $ I toss in the garbage can. From now on I only will support the legislators who stick to their principles and have the courage to say no to bad selections or laws. I´ve written to RNC and it falls on deaf ears.I seriously believe they have not read letters because there wasn´t any form of money in it. The RNC and its cohort in the senate and house will not recognize me and I no longer recognize them.
Please forgive the second post, but to answer #41: Yes, this action is to bring the nomination to a vote, but as we saw with the Kerry SOS confirmation only a few "Republicans" will vote no. You can count on McPain and Graham to vote yes.
So, having staked out so-called principled positions on this issue, Senator Graham from Bend-Over, South Carolina, and John McCain, the nincompope, have decided to withdraw their objections to a self-evidently unqualified candidate?
It was important to Obama to ensure that a REPUBLICAN cuts defense. Finding a Republican idiot was just icing on the cake. Here´s the play: Make the Senate Republicans question Hagel and thereby force them to demonstrate just how stupid a Senate Republican is. Then rely on McCain and Graham to prove it by voting to allow a Republican they have deemed unqualified into office, making them look simultaneously unprincipled, obstructive, and double dutch stupid.
What a crew! What a coup! How much more are we all supposed to take? Are there any GOP politicians left who actually understand politics and know how to win?
Psst- Democrats don´t need a single Republican to confirm Hagel. McCain and Graham aren´t the problem. It´s lousy Republican / Tea Party candidates like Akin, O´Donnell, Mourdock , Raese , Berg , Allen , Rehberg and Buck, who cost us the Senate. Low information voters also exist on the right. Facts are stubborn things.
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