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Pull the Plug on Hagel

michigander4 Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 8:12 AM
What am I missing here? Hagel got 58 votes on cloture. That of course wasn't enough, but he'll eventually get a straight up or down vote, and I'm betting he'll easily get more than 50 votes (he needs only 51). Dems control the senate and they'll easily ram him through. We're wasting our time complaining about it.

Chuck Hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense is in trouble -- as it should be. The former Republican senator has so much baggage, it is amazing that the administration hasn't dumped him, as they did Susan Rice when her proposed nomination ran into trouble. Unfortunately, having won that battle, the GOP may be in weaker position to defeat another Obama nominee. And Rice, her misstatements about the attack on Benghazi notwithstanding, would have been a less dangerous cabinet member than Hagel.

Hagel has made clearly anti-Semitic statements before public forums time and again. If his target had been, say, blacks...