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Republicans begin filibuster against Hagel

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mayo gubbins at 4:22 PM February 15, 2013

Please tell me that Texans don't support Cruz.  There is a place for conservative voices, but do we need to listen to criminals like Cruz who is supported by the Klan and what's left of the Birchers.

TGGazoo at 2:35 PM February 14, 2013

A sad day in America as there is absolutely no more honesty, goodwill or trust left in the GOP.

Just a bunch of self-serving cowards.  Here's to you Linsey and John may you retire with the shame you brought to the party, the office to you and your families.

George S1 at 2:22 PM February 14, 2013

Once again the Republicans are good for nothing more than jamming up the works, interest of the nation be damend, leaving us without a critical executive.  For 200 years the Senate has deferred to presidential choice in selecting his cabinet unless there was some real issue, there isn't here.  If they actually object to him just take a vote and vote him up or down.  In reality they are looking for favors to even get that far, favors that have nothing to do with his nomination.  What can you say about a party that has no ideas other than to protect the wealthiest, keep the middle class down and cause problems for no good reason.  This is why we are going into sequqestration and perhaps another recession.  That bad.  The Republican Senate membership is not as despiccable and pathetic as the Tea Party house, but a very good reason to just yank the fillibuster power away from them altogether.

A Siewert at 1:58 PM February 14, 2013

Seriously:  Complete idiots.  First they'll filibuster a nominee, and fifteen minutes later (wait for it) they'll be complaining about how the lack of a Defense Secretary endangers the nation's military readiness and whatever else they find convenient to whine about.  SO done with this.

AdamWickPrk1717 at 10:37 AM February 14, 2013

There is an amazing video on youtube, that has been edited to show various Democrats (including Harry Reid) speaking against ending the filibuster. The footage is from speeches during the last few years.

It essentially shines a bright shining spotlight on the massive hypocrisy of those on the left posting here who are criticizing Republicans for using it.

Remember. Being intellectually dishonest is a character flaw.

dannybongle at 10:42 AM February 14, 2013

so you don't like it either?

YankeesRule1865 at 11:53 AM February 14, 2013

"edited" is hayseed for manipulated.

YankeesRule1865 at 12:04 PM February 14, 2013


Reid, like most real Americans, finally want you rightist obstructionsits to stand on your feet and talk if you want to block legislation.

But I guess you rightist are too doughy and soft to stand on your feet and speak. red-staers really are weaklings t'ain't y'all?

SanClemJoeD at 11:47 AM February 18, 2013

Still waitin', waitin', waitin' for anyone to produce proof that any President's nomination for a CABINET-level position has ever been filibustered.  Ever.

See the difference?  You're welcome.

gaiapj at 10:14 AM February 14, 2013

There is nothing as dangerous and self-destructive as a dying animal...

George S1 at 2:24 PM February 14, 2013

Brilliant comment.

RonMcConaughy at 9:57 AM February 14, 2013

Cruz, another face in the demented world of the Tea Party howlers and screamers. If only there was somewhere they could go and play government to their heart's content yet allow the adults to actually get some damned things accomplished.

fredquarters at 9:18 AM February 14, 2013

I can hardly think of anything more exasperating and upsetting than the tactics Republicans have used to try to destroy our President and our country in the process, all for political gain.  It's one thing to try to oppose and obstruct the President, but when the people of this country who suffer the results of this obstructionism become convinced that this is not a problem. we are in deep trouble. Are people that easily misled, brainwashed, subject to propaganda? According to Jeb Bush's post, we are.

A Siewert at 2:01 PM February 14, 2013

Bravo.  This is so true:  Should a party that has nothing to offer but hopes for destroying a legally and popularly elected President -- should it have any hearing?  I vote no.

dannybongle at 9:14 AM February 14, 2013

he was an independent thinker during the Bush administration debacle and now the republican machine wants payback for daring to have a brain.

Rallymonkey at 10:48 AM February 14, 2013

"thinker"?  D student, 5 colleges to graduate...quite a thinker.  A guy that couldn't even answer the most basic of questions in his confirmation hearing two weeks ago?  I don't believe "thinker" is the word you really want to go with here.

dannybongle at 10:56 AM February 14, 2013


um dude. just saying  he got dumped and is getting attacked by the republicans because he wasn't in lockstep with his repub colleagues durig the W era. i'm not a big Hagel fan i don't really care. but I am a fan of reality. Breitbart, fox etc.. is not real news.

dannybongle at 11:07 AM February 14, 2013


i tried to find more info about your claims thar he was a poor student. couldn't find anything except for the crazy fake crap sites

SanClemJoeD at 11:51 AM February 18, 2013

Chuck Hagel graduated from the Univ of Nebraska with a BA in History, founded a sizable telecomm firm, and served as either President or CEO of at least two other firms of note (another telecomm, and an investment bank).

That private-sector experience ... along with years of experience as a US Senator ... AND a solid record of decorated combat experience in Viet Nam as an Army soldier ... would convince me, you could do a h**l of a lot worse in a SecDef.

Like Rummy.

Papersails at 9:12 AM February 14, 2013

WOW!!!  I can only hope the rest of this country is paying attention to how LOW the GOP will go with their obstructionist agenda...  They will even block a Democractic President's nomination of a Republican nomimee!

Whatever 'KoolAid' the GOP is drinking... Let's give it to the terrorists!  That'll end the war on terror...  The GOP is not only shooting themselves in the foot, leg, torso, et al, but they are determined to drag this country further down into the muck of their despair!

The money trail to the GOP must be littered with heavy lobbyist dollars...  It's the only thing that can explain the 'inaness' of the GOP's logic.

LJP305 at 9:00 AM February 14, 2013

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is the main pro-Israel lobby group in the US. Almost 20 yrs before 9/11, US politicians learned the danger of being at odds with Israel when their American supporters went after 2 longtime IL Repubs (Rep. Paul Findley @ 1982 & Sen. Charles Percy @ 1984) and defeated both for re-election. The apparent basis of AIPAC’s beef with Findley & Percy:

  • AIPAC contributed most of the funds ($685k out of a total $750k) Dick Durbin used to defeat Finley. Durbin pledged full support for Israel. Findley favored suspending US funds to Israel to dissuade Israel from using American weapons to invade Lebanon, and wanted Yasser Arafat invited to the US for peace talks having twice met with Arafat.
  • Although credited by staunch Jewish supporters with putting through Congress a $475mil extra appropriation for Israel above Reagan Admin budget requests, endorsed during his primary by former NY Sen. Jacob Javits & supported by many prominent IL Jewish leaders, Percy didn’t favor transfer of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and he supported the Reagan Admin selling US arms to Saudi Arabia which Reagan urgently requested.

Since the Findley & Percy defeats, few US office seekers dared criticize Israel. Senate Repubs efforts to stop or delay Hagel’s confirmation demonstrate AIPAC's influence on American politics.

Jeb Bush at 8:47 AM February 14, 2013

McConnell is a HERO! He will block this muslim loving America hating Hagel from becoming Secretary of Defense!

obama should be Impeached, not selecting Cabinet members. Watch Fox News and learn the truth - obama is a kenyan born, radical muslim socialist waging a racist jihad against America from our WHITE House!

Join with our GOP Heroes and Tea Party Patriots to DEMAND additional tax cuts for the Job Creator class - not the lazy poor and "entitled" middle class like obama wants!

Carnival cruz ship of fools at 8:51 AM February 14, 2013

You should know that dick cheney has been soothing his rectal itch by sitting on your keyboard again.

fredquarters at 9:05 AM February 14, 2013

Now go back to Rush.

dannybongle at 9:10 AM February 14, 2013

your post contains most of the mendacious hyperbolic conspiracy theories about the President coming out of the outer reaches of the crazy blogosphere. you forgot the one about Obama being gay though. i'm assuming this is a joke. or are you just a joke? you're  joking right

YankeesRule1865 at 9:10 AM February 14, 2013

Welcome Back to FUN WITH THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. Today's Episode Has To Do With The Defective Southern Rightist's Brain.

The term "Decorated Vietnam Veteran" actually means you hate America if you're a rightist from the dirty south.

And the phrase "Draft Dodging War Deferment Coward and Drug Addicted Deserter who out CIA Agents" actually mean Presidential and Vice Presidential material if you're a rightsit from the dirty south.

A confederate mind is a terrible thing!!!

George S1 at 2:29 PM February 14, 2013

Jeb you so crazy, so tin-foil hat crazy.  Or just an ironic piece, in which case you are not that far from the truth.

UrAverageJoe at 5:44 PM February 14, 2013

Excellent piece of sarcasm Jeb . . . Well done - though I'm disappointed you left out the gay murderer part . . . ;)

Carnival cruz ship of fools at 8:38 AM February 14, 2013

The republican party stands proudly for lies and distortion, courtesy of Faux News and nazi radio, ignorance and stupidity (hello michele bachmann), hate speech, hypocrisy and hissy fits.

It's a pathetic commentary when by far the most well-balanced among republicans seems to be newt gingrich.

The Continental Op at 8:27 AM February 14, 2013

How refreshing would it be if the United States Secretary of Defense was judge based on whether he was good for the US and not some tiny foreign country in the Middle East?

Rallymonkey at 10:52 AM February 14, 2013

Based on the military men that are coming out against Hagel, you sure you want to go there?

YankeesRule1865 at 8:18 AM February 14, 2013

"Republicans begin filibuster against Hagel"

Oh please ... this isn't a real American Filibuster it’s the lazy confederate’s idea of a filibuster.

These lazy rightists multi-millionaires  are simply too soft, lazy and doughy to stage an actual American Filibuster so, like everything else that oozes from the lazy right, it pales in comparison to the American Original.

Make these lazy, soft, doughy confederate bums stand up and speak!!!

Hey rightist if blocking Hagel's nomination is that important to your representatives in Washington then we Americans think you should demand your reps stand up on their hand crafted Italian Loafers (I know, exhausting right?) and speak with their mouths.

I just hope your hard working red-state have the strength and intestinal fortitude to survive such a grueling ordeal.

This lazy, pampered confederate filibuster is an embarrassment to Americans.

Every time I see or hear one of these silly rightists all they ever do is pat themselves on their own backs about what hard workers they are down in the confederacy.

Well boys, now’s the time to show Americans what hard workers y’all are.

Stage an actual American Filibuster republics, not this pathetic watered down confederate brand.

Natalie L at 7:34 AM February 14, 2013

Send these anti-American Repblican traitors on a well-publicized tour of Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen and Iran. Then, when they come back, they can filibuster our Presidents nominee. 

LJP305 at 9:42 PM February 13, 2013

Chuck Hagel’s main transgression is he is a Repub who questioned policies sacred to conservative Repubs who regard independent thinking as political blasphemy. Neocon Repubs feel Hagel should not be rewarded for his independent thinking and telling the truth about Repub policies. Repub policies Hagel questioned include invading a country in the middle of the Arabian Desert for bogus WMD reasons. That neocon Repub policy led to the needless deaths of over 4,000 US Soldiers, injuries to over 40,000 US Soldiers and over $1.2tril for which the US is still paying.

The give no ground, no compromise vision of Repub neocons scores points among some talk show hosts and campaign donors, but does little to solve challenges facing the US. For success, our democracy requires political leaders to prioritize, compromise prudently and at times reverse course. Neocon Repubs haven’t learned that the majority of American voters prefer kind of politicians like Chuck Hagel.

Humboldt County at 8:04 PM February 13, 2013

Cut the defense budget, please!

R. Thomas at 7:24 PM February 13, 2013

Harry Reid this is what you get for being a coward on filibuster reform.  Shame on you.  

Mosin-Nagant at 7:16 PM February 13, 2013

Republicans = Israel's Stooges

Rallymonkey at 6:53 PM February 13, 2013

It's funny how the liberals went crazy with Palin's academic record while Hagel took 5 colleges to get his degree, terrible grades (a D student), etc.  Of course, almost impossible to find that in the media because, well, he's a nominee of Obambi and that wouldn't be right.

His confirmation hearings were so bad that even Democrats were cringing.  Laughable and sad.  This is why we are where we are today. 

lkstaack at 7:08 PM February 13, 2013

Do you really think that the Republican leadership is against Hagel because of his college grades?  If that was a screening criteria for government leaders, "W" would never have been nominated.

In fact, the Republican leadership doesn't like Hagel because he doesn't follow orders.  He calls it like he sees it, even if Democrats or Republicans don't like it.  He is a maverick like McCain used to be.  But the worst sin of all in Republican eyes is that he has fraternized with Obama, their sworn enemy.

Archibald at 10:52 PM February 13, 2013

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) piled on: “I just want to make it clear. Senator Hagel is an honorable man. He has served his country and no one on this committee at any time should impugn his character or his integrity,”he said.

Archibald at 10:56 PM February 13, 2013

Rallymonkey, was the Maverick who chose that Maverick Palin laughing?


Rallymonkey at 10:49 AM February 14, 2013

I didn't say the GOP was against him because of his grades.  I find the hypocrisy on the left and the media, however, disturbing when they go after the grades of those on the right, how many colleges they attended, etc, but when someone is nominated by Obama that has the same or WORSE academic credentials, there is silence.  TOTAL SILENCE!

UrAverageJoe at 5:46 PM February 14, 2013

Yeah, cuz there's noooo hypocrisy on the right! Lolol. 

mtnbkreric at 6:17 PM February 13, 2013

Time for Harry Reid to blow up the rules since he made a gentlemen's agreement with a bunch of petulant children.

back-again at 9:42 AM February 14, 2013

Time for Harry Reid to retire.  He should have known the consequences of his milktoast compromise on the filibuster rules.

Brother John is No. 9 at 6:17 PM February 13, 2013

Suck it!!!  big time two-way street Dems... boo hoo...

Hahahahahaha....... next up, Lew...

UrAverageJoe at 6:58 AM February 14, 2013

Wow . . . Profound and well thought out argument . . .

YankeesRule1865 at 11:54 AM February 14, 2013

He may be No. 9 but he smells like No. 2.

DGates at 6:17 PM February 13, 2013

The Grand Obstructionist Party continues on.

Archibald at 6:04 PM February 13, 2013

Disgusting embarrassment for the United States Senate, but typical TEA Party garbage.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz made a fool of himself with his allegation concerning Senator Hagel.

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