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Opposition Softens on Obama Cabinet Nominees

Frank98 Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 10:35 AM
Moreover, Republicans have been backing away from a solidified opposition to Treasury Secretary nominee Jack Lew. The Financial Times has the scoop, saying that "Senate Republicans [are] shying away from an aggressive fight," and that one Republican aide says that Lew "probably ends up being confirmed." -- Um, So what's new about this? Sheesh, this IS the Norm for the R's. And it's not a New Norm either. It's the same Old Norm.
After a round of meetings last week and hearings for prospective Secretary of State John Kerry, it seems the bipartisan spirit has grasped Capitol Hill with regard to President Obama's cabinet nominees.

As the Associated Press reports, some of the Senate's wavering Democrat members have had good words for Chuck Hagel:

Sens. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Chris Coons of Delaware and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire said they met with Hagel this week and were reassured by his commitment to Israel's security.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who met with Hagel on...