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Caligula’s Horse
National Review Online, by Peter Kirsanow

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 2/22/2013 10:54:22 PM

Chuck Hagel easily proved himself unfit to be secretary of defense during his nomination hearing. Not only was he ignorant of fundamental aspects of the job, but his positions on some of the critical defense issues of the day are preposterous if not dangerous. No one disputes that his performance at the hearing was the worst and most embarrassing of any nominee for any prominent position in memory. Yet by all reports he will be our next secretary of defense. Why? The explanation heard most frequently from senators and pundits alike is a robotic “the president is entitled

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 2/22/2013 11:19:24 PM     (No. 9191804)

What part of "Advise and Consent" do these buffoons not understand? Senate and House Republic Leaders actually do have some power, but they lay supine in the shadow of Jug Ears. Elections have consequences, sure they do, and YOU were elected SENATOR by YOUR constituents too, Republicans.

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz seem to be the only two Republican Senators who have a pair...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 2/22/2013 11:47:56 PM     (No. 9191832)

Excellent headline! Should be a moniker that sticks with Hagel through the rest of his miserable career. Not to mention the implied reference to his boss.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: veritas, 2/23/2013 12:09:27 AM     (No. 9191841)

Kirsanow is quite correct. This pResident, or any [legal] President, is only entitled to the nominee of his choice.

The Senate´s advise and consent responsibility isn´t just a "well, this one´s s-o-o-o bad we may have to vote ´no´" burden. Senators of both parties are obligated by oath, by the Constitution, and morally to vote "no" on every nominee who can´t reasonably be described as fully qualified and among the best available candidates for the position.

The Senators have it exactly backward. The process isn´t "vote yes -- unless." The process, the very reason why the Founders wanted the [snort alert for today´s Senate members] collective wisdom of the Senate´s members, was to set the bar for the President. That is, "We vote ´no´ -- unless the nominee fully qualified and among the best available candidates."

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 2/23/2013 5:07:15 AM     (No. 9191954)

You don´t have to be too cynical to conclude that Hagel will get the consent he needs from his fellow Debate Club colleagues- no matter which side of the aisle. It is no more complicated than that. When you see a John Effin Carry get -what?-97 votes . Luckily the importance of US Sec of State hasn´t been worth a pitcher of warm pi.. er spit since Geo Schultz held it.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: loosecannon1, 2/23/2013 9:38:46 AM     (No. 9192289)

I think Tea Party people everywhere should burn this headline into their brains and let it fester, a continuous reminder of why the old horses of the GOP have to be defeated in the 2014 and 2016 elections.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: privateer, 2/23/2013 8:55:09 PM     (No. 9192921)

Yes, they must be DEFE(nestr)ATED.

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