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Mak reports: "The Senate Armed Services Committee plans to vote Tuesday on Chuck Hagel's nomination to be the next secretary of Defense, but Republican aides suggest that some GOP members could walk out in protest."

Senator Chuck Hagel at a hearing on Iran. (photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)
Senator Chuck Hagel at a hearing on Iran. (photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)

GOP Threatens Walkout on Chuck Hagel Vote

By Tim Mak, Politico

11 February 13


he Senate Armed Services Committee plans to vote Tuesday on Chuck Hagel's nomination to be the next secretary of Defense, but Republican aides suggest that some GOP members could walk out in protest.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) has scheduled the vote after committee members have discussed the nomination during a committee meeting set for 2:30 p.m., after a previously scheduled morning session on sequestration.

Levin is "fed up" with Republicans after a boisterous hearing last week with outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Democratic sources told POLITICO, and wants to move Hagel's nomination out of committee, with only Democratic votes if necessary, and on to the Senate floor for a final confirmation vote.

Two Senate Republican aides have said, though, that some GOP senators were considering the possibility of walking out during a committee vote.

Levin faces a conundrum: He has the ability to force a Hagel vote through the committee on a party-line vote, since Democrats outnumber Republicans. But doing so could damage the committee's longtime bipartisan spirit.

Last Thursday's hearing with Panetta alarmed Levin, Democrats said. Levin worries the aggressive, pointed questioning that Republicans directed at Panetta over the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, could signal some Republicans simply will not compromise on the issue of Hagel's nomination.

"Fed up is the right term for [Levin's mood]," said a Democratic source. "After the Benghazi hearing, it showed what we are dealing with on the Republican side."

One Armed Services Committee member, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, has made clear that he considers Benghazi and Hagel to be one issue - "no confirmation without information," he said Sunday, threatening to block both Hagel and CIA nominee John Brennan. Graham is demanding more details from the administration about its response to the Benghazi attacks, particularly the direct involvement of President Barack Obama.

It was only his latest threat over Hagel. Last Thursday's Benghazi hearing that irked Levin had been convened partly to mollify Graham, who initially said he would hold up Hagel's nomination process if Panetta didn't testify. Sunday's comments showed Graham was not mollified.

Democratic aides were unhappy with the week's turn of events. The Armed Services Committee has traditionally been collegial; it has passed a defense authorization bill for over 50 consecutive years, as defense advocates like to point out. But Republicans' grilling of Panetta on Thursday seemed to indicate that the bipartisan feeling has diminished, and Republicans signaled again Sunday they were playing for keeps.

"There are two options: If Hagel doesn't fully disclose all the things in the letter [in which Republicans made requests for more disclosure] ... either you will see a party line vote or Republicans will stand up and leave the room in protest," said a senior Republican Senate aide. "Does Levin really want that to happen on his watch as chairman? ... It would really debilitate the committee."

Democratic aides were unhappy with the week's turn of events. The Armed Services Committee has traditionally been collegial: It has passed a defense authorization bill for more than 50 consecutive years, as defense advocates like to point out. But Republicans' grilling of Panetta on Thursday seemed to indicate that the bipartisan feeling has diminished, and Republicans signaled again Sunday they are playing for keeps.

"There are two options: If Hagel doesn't fully disclose all the things in the letter [in which Republicans made requests for more disclosure] ... either you will see a party-line vote or Republicans will stand up and leave the room in protest," said a senior Republican Senate aide. "Does Levin really want that to happen on his watch as chairman? ... It would really debilitate the committee."

The response of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to the prospect of a walkout, the timing of a committee vote and a potential filibuster will be critical. As a former ranking member, McCain is still a leading voice on committee issues.

McCain and his staff have been working to determine whether Hagel has met the standard of disclosure required of all previous defense secretary nominees. The committee's minority staff working for Inhofe has confirmed to members that Hagel has met these requirements, a Republican Senate aide told POLITICO.

And while McCain reiterated his opposition to a filibuster Sunday on Fox News, he said he was learning toward voting against Hagel's confirmation.

"I think we need all of the information from Sen. Hagel, but the fact is we have never filibustered a Cabinet appointee and that is why I do not believe we should filibuster his nomination," he said.

Elsewhere, opponents showed little sign of softening their campaign against Hagel.

Senate Republicans are currently demanding that Hagel disclose the sources of all substantial compensation over the past five years - and that he make assurances that organizations he's been affiliated with have not received foreign funding over the past decade.

"Hagel has gone above and beyond what the committee has ever asked of any other nominee," a Hagel aide told POLITICO. "He deserves an up or down vote."

On Sunday afternoon, Inhofe demanded a 60-vote threshold for the Hagel nomination, saying he didn't trust the president to choose his own Cabinet.

"I would threaten to cause a 60-vote margin, yes I would. If it took a filibuster, I'd do it that way," Inhofe said Sunday on Fox. Inhofe added that he doesn't "trust this president to make the right appointments" and that he didn't "see anything wrong with requiring a 60-vote margin" for the important job of secretary of defense.

"I know he is popular, and I know that he is going to do his best. I am going to do my best to see that he is not going to be secretary of defense," he said.

The administration, meanwhile, is standing by its nominees.

"We believe the Senate should act swiftly to confirm John Brennan and Sen. Hagel," said National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor. "These are critical national security positions, and individual members shouldn't play politics with their nominations." your social media marketing partner


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-112 # Third_stone 2013-02-11 13:07
We need a new candidate. Hagel's hands are too dirty with dark operations. He is not a man we can trust. We can plan on more secrecy and more drones and torture with him. I support Obama, but I also support his empty motto about an open government where we can know what our employees are doing and who they are blowing up.
+47 # MainStreetMentor 2013-02-11 14:04
... then what of Obama's policy of prosecuting "whistle-blower s"? ... when "whistle-blower s" have spoken of wrong doing and wrong doers then Obama's policy (echoing that of Bush/Cheney)it is the "whislte-blower " who is prosecuted - and the wrong doers go free!
+31 # The Ice Maiden 2013-02-11 17:50
It is shameful that whistle-blowers are being treated like criminals. Unconscionable. Unforgiveable. It is just another nail in the coffin of a free and open government.

So much for accountability.

What a farce this latest Republican hissy-fit is!
+4 # Merschrod 2013-02-11 19:40
Wrong article you should go after Eric Holder for the Whistle Blower locker upper
+158 # NanFan 2013-02-11 16:13
Quoting Third_stone:
We need a new candidate.

We need a new House of Congress made up of civil and common-sense, democratically centric representatives!

Let 'em walk.


+28 # WestWinds 2013-02-11 17:45
My sentiments, too, NanFan. Let them walk out and then tell them to keep on walking.

What a bunch of drama queens these (R) are!

They are supposed to be there to do the work of the people, they certainly queue up fast enough to take our paychecks!

If they can't or won't do the work of the people, pink slip the bastards; we won't miss them!
+21 # X Dane 2013-02-11 21:35

We need not just a new HOUSE of congress. We sure need a NEW SENATE too. While these spoiled brats are throwing temper tantrums. They are ENDANGERING THE COUNTRY.

We are facing so many grave threats, and it is IMPERATIVE that Hagel gets into his job A.S.A.P!! The problems are not just Syria, Egypt,Iran, North Korea, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

But we need to move double time on preparing to prevent Syber attack. We are woefully unprepared as Rodgers, the chairman of the intelligence committee said on the Sunday shows.

These idiot republicans are TRAITORS and should be thrown out of office for treason, for we MUST WORK TOGETHER or we are truly SUNK. Who can BEAT sense into their stupid heads????
+3 # wrknight 2013-02-12 13:38
Remember what you just said come next election.
+5 # Christopher Warren 2013-02-12 14:27
Hey Dane! Good on you! (good spell ck too!)HOWEVER!!!
Even the few moral reps can't help themselves and that effects EVERYTHING!!!

The "Supremes" ridiculous finding around these issues are fantasy in assuming free speech equivalence between the eye dropper sized letter to the Politician, to the Ice Age Flood from Montana that created the Columbia Gorge in Oregon, to the "Speech"of a Global Corporation.

Hagel has the attitude to stop the Pentagon and they're afraid of him!
They've even bought a couple of Senators to keep bleating about Benghazi, which has nothing to do with him, and then tried personel attacks on his finances when that didn't stick.
eating their own for money!
+3 # X Dane 2013-02-11 21:37
ooops, it should have been Cyber attack
+32 # Firefox11 2013-02-11 16:29
Open government is a great idea; however, would require less subversion of other nation's democratically elected governments. Also, less subversion here as well. Secrets and lies are status quo.
+2 # WestWinds 2013-02-11 17:47
Yes, Firefox11, and we are sick of America being Russia.
+3 # Nominae 2013-02-11 22:22
Quoting WestWinds:
Yes, Firefox11, and we are sick of America being Russia.

Gawd yes ! In the 21st Century we have learned to "Out-Russia" RUSSIA ! We will soon be taking human rights lessons FROM Russia.
+33 # Firefox11 2013-02-11 16:33
Who would the candidate be then? Whose hands are clean? Politics is a dirty business, as is war.
+15 # The Ice Maiden 2013-02-11 17:47
It is so interesting to me that Republicans are attacking this candidate based upon 9/11 matters, and 9/11 happened on their watch. Is what this man allegedly did something the Republican men never did?

Seriously, what planet are we on? Isn't this a bit like the pot calling the kettle black?
+11 # Nominae 2013-02-11 22:36
Quoting The Ice Maiden:
It is so interesting to me that Republicans are attacking this candidate based upon 9/11 matters, and 9/11 happened on their watch. Is what this man allegedly did something the Republican men never did?

Seriously, what planet are we on? Isn't this a bit like the pot calling the kettle black?

Oh, even worse. They are attacking this candidate because he does NOT "Sing the Party Line", because he has always been willing to Speak TRUTH to Power, and because he does NOT Kowtow to the neocon Chicken Hawks OR see himself as a lackey to Israel. Hagel, as a sitting Senator once famously said "I am a U.S. Senator, not an Israeli Senator". This is payback.

This confirmation has almost nothing to do with 9/11, that's just the only thing the neocons dare bring up without exposing their OWN first fealty to Israel rather than to the U.S. .

Treating Hagel like an Al Qaida suspect is just payback for Chuck having accused what he called "The Jewish Lobby", (fronted by Lindsey Graham) of trying to intimidate everybody in Washington. This was, of course, and IS the absolute truth. But neocons HATE to be "outed" after their obviously STUPID calls in getting the Nation to invade Iraq, so Hagel takes the Hot Seat.
+2 # Merschrod 2013-02-11 19:38
You mean Brennen, not Hegal when it comes to darkness?
+6 # Michael Lee Bugg 2013-02-12 10:09
Wesley Clark would have been my first or second choice, but then I would have picked Valerie Plame to head the CIA! The Republicans don't really oppose Hagel, this is just a continuation of their spoiled brat, sore loser, power hungry MO. They want to make Obama regret he ever won. It's just that simple.
+4 # wrknight 2013-02-12 13:36
What we really need is a larger number of intelligent and informed voters to get out and vote for better public officials on election days.
+2 # Michael Lee Bugg 2013-02-13 10:44
I agree wrknight, but don't hold your breath till that happens. If ignorance was truly bliss, this country would be Nirvana! For example Fox News and most of the programs that survive on TV!
+125 # CAMUS1111 2013-02-11 13:42
Let these reactionary grandstanders walk out, especially if they never come back
+45 # Barbara K 2013-02-11 16:52
Camus1111: I agree, let these spoiled brats leave Washington for good. They have done nothing for 4 years that did anything to help us or the country. They cause the problems and whine that Obama didn't clean up after them fast enough. Obama has a right to appoint whomever he wants for his cabinet. The fact that those 2 bozos don't like Hagel is all the more reason to appoint him. Those who walk out, I hope their voters are smart enough to vote them out. They have done nothing yet to earn all the money they are making in Congress, like their wages, their insurance, their pensions: All that we pay for while they deny the same for us. Send the crybabies home for good.

+1 # DarthEVaderCheney 2013-02-12 06:22
Promises, promises, recalcitrant Repubs!
+151 # pappajohn 2013-02-11 14:39
What a bunch of hypocrits and idiots!

1. McCain had slated Hagel for HIS Sec of Defense!!

2. And the Democrats are concerned about spoiling the "bipartisan spirit of cooperation"??
+64 # Firefox11 2013-02-11 16:26
Wonder who or what is really pulling the strings on this one; i.e. it is not The Republicans per se, most likely it is some foundation, Koch?, that wants this country to fail big time.
+54 # NanFan 2013-02-11 16:38
Quoting Firefox11:
Wonder who or what is really pulling the strings on this one; i.e. it is not The Republicans per se, most likely it is some foundation, Koch?, that wants this country to fail big time.

Smells like Rove to me, throwing another temper tantrum, threatening to take his toys and go home. He's got to do something with the Repubs to redeem himself, and just throwing the Tea-baggers under the his psychotic bus the way he did recently is only the beginning.

+17 # linkedout 2013-02-11 17:47
Well, if Hagel gets confirmed, the military-indust rial establishment loses money.

That's certainly a hint.
+10 # Misterioso 2013-02-11 18:08
Who's pulling the strings? Israel and AIPAC funded by billionaire casino king "bad hair dye" Sheldon Adelson, et al.
+1 # Nominae 2013-02-11 22:38
Quoting Misterioso:
Who's pulling the strings? Israel and AIPAC funded by billionaire casino king "bad hair dye" Sheldon Adelson, et al.

Too True.
+10 # Caballero69 2013-02-11 17:52
The "bipartisan spirit of cooperation" died when Republican congressional heavyweights met in The Caucus Room on the evening of President Obama's first inauguration. Cause of Death: Bigotry driven Assassination.
+11 # mdhome 2013-02-11 18:09
McCain has gone senile, pay no attention to his ramblings, old soldiers need to go to the old soldier home. Of Course he has so many he does not know where to go.
+101 # DPM 2013-02-11 16:38
The Republican party, long ago, ceased being the "loyal opposition" party and just became the "disloyal obstructionist" party.
+38 # HerbR 2013-02-11 16:40
Without saying goodbye, I bet. Discourtesy piled on top of defeat !!
+30 # thekidde 2013-02-11 16:43
One could only hope that they would just keep walking.
+15 # Regina 2013-02-11 17:17
Why are we paying these saboteurs? They clearly are NOT working to serve the country. If I walked out on my job I'd be out of that job pdq. Voting No is not enough -- they need a mutiny to serve their real taskmasters? We need adults in Congress, not a brat pack.
+27 # angelfish 2013-02-11 17:24
HOW do we rid ourselves of the Nazi/Fascists who have overtaken our Government? Rather than DEBATE the issues and hash things out TOGETHER, they either sit on their hands, Filibuster and obstruct or take their ball and go home! They are as useless as teats on a Boar Hog! I don't doubt that the Founders are Pinwheeling in their graves over the Bull-Puckey going on in Washington today! HOW do we get them to DO their jobs? ANYONE else would have been FIRED YEARS ago!
+11 # vgirl1 2013-02-11 17:31
It takes two sides to be bipartisan. If the baggers walk out they will show that they have already destroyed the idea of bipartisanship relative to the committee. A vote without the baggers will not change the fact that it is the baggers who ended this committee's bipartisanship.
+11 # MylesJ 2013-02-11 17:39
Lock the door after they leave
+8 # Buddha 2013-02-11 17:39
I wish they'd walk out and stay gone permanently.
+10 # linkedout 2013-02-11 17:46
Screw walk-outs. What we need is for the freakin' Democrats to grow some testicles and have a damn "throw-out!"

Throw their pouty obstructionist asses out in the street!
+13 # Caballero69 2013-02-11 17:48
The Republicans have become the party of petulance and prejudice. They do not seek to govern responsibly; they seek to rule. They are a threat to the Republic and a recurrent disgrace to themselves and the American electorate.
+3 # Misterioso 2013-02-11 18:02
Here's the link for Saturday Night Live's version of the Senate's questioning of Chuck Hagel:
+18 # giraffee2012 2013-02-11 18:02
Unbelievable drama queens. Who elects these morons? oh - I forgot - they redistrict so they can win elections. Bout time we make new laws so majority determines WHO screws us the least.

GOP = crazy and baggers = more crazy.

FAUX news should be put to rest! or called something other than "news" - liars and perversioners of facts
+25 # ganymede 2013-02-11 18:04
While I've always had some degree of respect for Carl Levin, I think his time has come to either walk himself or start playing with a full deck. The Republican Party is on the verge of collapse, and they seem to want to take us all down with them. Maybe Carl as well as Obama and the rest of the Democrat leaders should stop playing games with these destructive retards and spell out to the American people why they have to start playing hardball with these idiots. These righrtwing extremists are a bigger threat to America than the Islamic "terrorists", whomever they might really be. The Republicans have not done anything positive for this country in my 75 year lifetime, and a little serious tough talk on the part of the Democrats might just push them into oblivion. We need a multiparty system but right now we have one somewhat dysfunctional party, the Democrats, plus a group of totally bought off, stupid, whimpering white men who are much much worse than most of the Democrats. We will be doing the Republicans the biggest favor by driving them out of government and forcing them to reorganize. Even Obama will have to soon deal with pushing these nihilistic, obstructionists out of the way if this country is to survive.
+1 # Christopher Warren 2013-02-12 14:39
Heey Ganymede! AMEN! If Prez STATUS QUOBAMA had led in the first year by jailing the banksters and stopping foreclosures the Tea Party would have been blunted and the Congress would be Dem Majority,and the Senate would have canned the Philibuster and we'd be embarking on an upward flight growing Global Green Energy Economy!
Nope! ain't got that!
We've got the decline the Republicans have been planning since REAGAN!
+4 # mdhome 2013-02-11 18:04
WTF, how old are you guys????
+2 # Penelope Jencks 2013-02-11 18:41
+32 # Tiger Claws 2013-02-11 18:06
Hagel is an excellent nominee. Sens Inhofe, McCain, Lindsey Graham better get off their grandstanding. They all should be voted out of office. None of them are intelligent enough to shine the shoes of Chuck Hagel. Graham looks like a kid who is the grammar school bully with a big mouth. The Democrats should take him and the rest on in the coat room and leave them on the floor in a heap. They are rude, crude, and disgusting.
+6 # bobby t. 2013-02-11 18:08
all of it is a planned assault on hillary in four years. also used the crap to oust donna rice and get a senate seat when kerry got confirmed in the next election. what i hate is that obama is letting them do that by nominating kerry, a sitting senator. the whole deal stinks of insider politics. it is so obvious and unclassy the stench is smelled in denmark.
+8 # cordleycoit 2013-02-11 18:17
Tell me were these people elected to do a job or play act?
+9 # mjc 2013-02-11 18:36
Further evidence that some key Republicans have gone off the reservation for their own very hard-line conservative ideology. There are also indications that some of this is just sour grapes that a Republican should NOT be in the same boat with them, especially in re Iraq. These Senators, especially Lindsey Graham and John McCain, really will do more to rally support for Hagel given their personal attacks on Hagel. The GOP ship is beginning and the rats are still holding out for all the lifeboats.
+10 # Ukaisofu 2013-02-11 18:45
The GOP controllers consider anybody even a Rep@ublican evil if they work for this administration. It is transparent. When Cheney wielded his power and his company Halburton made trillions and its subsidary killed our troops with faulty electrical installation - no call for anything - they were cannon fodder. But a US Ambassador on an unneeded, dangerous trip that exposed himself and his escorts to being killed is hailed a hero and his superiors as murderers - we no longer have a civil nation in our representative form of government and one day a dictator will march in the Army from Ft. Bragg and take over.
+8 # cymricmorty 2013-02-11 18:55
Repubs act like a bunch of third stage syphilitics with dirty diapers, including the younger ones.
+16 # Sully747 2013-02-11 19:00
Quote From RSN by:

"Hagel knows who he is...does McCain know anymore? The AZ senator seemed during the hearing to be a man comsumed by jealous rage and denial. Hagel was neither stumped nor intimidated by McCain, Graham, et al., but was carefully prepared not to give offense. Not to do so required a tremendous effort on his part, and I think you could see this in his face.
That the pain you saw in his face was not so personal as it was a deep embarrassment about the display of stupidity, and lack of decency and sick toadying to foreign influence on display by McCain, Graham and the like. Hagel knows that it is a danger to his country that such powerful people are so infected with this sickness."
+14 # bigkahuna671 2013-02-11 19:14
Levin's afraid pushing it through committee with just Democrat votes "could damage the committee's longtime bipartisan spirit?" You've got to be kidding. Who does Levin think he's fooling? There is no bipartisanship when it comes to the GOP, just look at McCain, Kyl, Dement, McConnell, and Graham. They're just as intent now as they were four years ago in trying to submarine Pres. Obama's plans for the country. If they could hold up every vote, they would. Levin has to quit thinking he needs the GOP to get things done and JUST DO IT, as Nike says. The country needs to move forward and all the GOP wants to do is move backward to the days when the KKK and the Carpetbaggers established the Republican principles of doing for the wealthy and screwing minorities, principles modern Republifascists live up to daily.
+8 # reiverpacific 2013-02-11 19:39
Let 'em walk out!
There's nothing like a show of pique to say that "All arguments are exhausted but I want my own way anyhow!
Let 'em walk and keep going until they disappear over their own fiscal cliff, another fabrication by the "Grand Overstayed Punks" cabal of pretenders calling themselves a party.
+1 # tpmco 2013-02-12 02:01
Yeah, I say let 'em walk too. In my mind it would rehabilitate this committee rather than debilitate it. Im not buying the author's reasoning.

It might also be the beginning of a light shining on their activity.
+6 # fredboy 2013-02-11 19:52
It will be cool if they run out of the room screaming like sissies. :)
+6 # sofi12 2013-02-11 19:53
What is behind the Republicans' posturing on Hagel? He is not the warmonger that had hoped for?
+7 # RHytonen 2013-02-11 19:57
"Walk out?"

American voters wll be THROWING the GOP out on its ear on every level, starting this year.

The atrocities against labor, the middle class, and women, by the governors and legislators' Fascist March in the midwestern and southern states has been even more onerous than the despicable -and quite honestly *Cuckoo*- behavior in DC.
And there is no one as angry as a voter who has been as duped as were the astroturfed 2010 "tea Partiers." Presumably by now they see that the Boston Tea party - like WWII- was not against a country, or even a dictator or monarch, but against government as a corporation's corrupt profit Bag Man and Enforcer; in that historic case, The East Idia Tea Company's "Charter" by Elizabeth I. Mussolini had a word for government helping business to fleece the public, and rape the Commons. So did Bastiat. Those terms were: Fascism - and Plunder, respectively.
+1 # MidwestTom 2013-02-11 20:19
The Republicans must still believe that we can rule thew whole world. We probably will die trying if they are in charge. We need to get out of every Middle east country ASAP. Thanks to domestic drilling success, we can soon live without Middle East oil.
+1 # tpmco 2013-02-12 02:25
You might check a nod to the President on this one, Tom. I think he has done pretty well on getting existing leases drilled and into production, and workovers and production upgrades moving in the field. I see competence and leadership in what is going on.

And don't argue with me on Keystone XL, or any policy advocating export of energy products from the USA. I can already tell you NO.
+6 # margpark 2013-02-11 20:38
The house has enough nuts to thow a stall into anything, and the redistricting makes people in the house afriad to do anything for fear another nut job will take their seat in the next election. Question is WHY people are voting for nut jobs.
+11 # RnR 2013-02-11 21:13
I'm surprised Inhofe has time for anything other than counting his take of the spoils reaped by destroying the US Post Office - he's meeting regularly with UPS big brass and they're cutting up the pie.

We're all screwed. Yet again.
+11 # fishmother 2013-02-11 21:20
I don't think it makes any difference who the nominee is. These creeps aren’t going to give anyone Obama wants an easy pass. They are still furious that America twice chose a smart, black Democrat over their white boys club.
+10 # Archie1954 2013-02-11 21:28
The GOP members are as useless as teats on a bull so let them go and hope they will never return.
+15 # Art947 2013-02-11 21:57
If McCain and Graham were honest soldiers, then they would do the honorable thing and fall on their swords, thereby putting the country out of misery! McCain clearly demonstrates that he is a moron, and Graham has been lying for so long that he wouldn't recognize the truth if it smacked him in the face.

Benghazi is their rallying cry? What happened to the Marine barracks in Lebanon? Note that that was under Reagan's watch. Neither of these bastards had a thing to say about that issue. Where are the weapons of mass destruction that McCain was so sure would be found in Iraq? How many innocents were lost in that foolhardy exercise in executive hubris?

McCain, Graham, Kyl, Imhofe, and the rest of that crew of paid-off bums should be arrested and tried for crimes against the American public.
0 # famullar 2013-02-11 22:12
Another sad gloomy day? Stocks ended a quiet session with slight moves on Monday as investors found few reasons to keep pushing shares higher following a six-week advance, though the longer-term trend was still viewed as positive. The benchmark index is up more 6.4 percent in 2013, putting both the S&P 500 and Dow industrials near multi-year highs. The S&P is less than 4 percent from its all-time intraday high of 1,576.09, hit in October 2007. " I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

+2 # politicfix 2013-02-11 23:42
This is just another GOP dog and pony show to generate personal attention for the perpetrators, demean anyone Obama would nominate, do what they do best....create gridlock, and above all drama in a feeble attempt to prove the GOP is still relevent. The more Graham and McCain carry on the more ridiculous, redundant, and irrelevent they become. Only they refuse to see how ridiculous their behavior looks to the American people. In the end Hagel will be approved but these jokers, aside from wasting time and money, somehow believe this is what the people want to see them do. Pretend like their earning their money. They're taking the GOP down another knotch.
+4 # sandyclaws 2013-02-12 07:59
As these GOP clowns walk out, just have them leave their resignation by the door. It's funny that these obstructionists don't trust the President. But on the flip side, I don't think the President trusts those Congressmen any farther than he could throw them. It seems like all of a sudden bipartisanship is important to Republicans? After all the times they voted lockstep even against their own legislation? Where was bipartisanship then? Have you ever noticed how the Republicans are either voting against something or voting for something that obstructs something? That sounds to me like a party that is that is grasping. I do find it funny that they should worry about where Hagel gets his money when the Republicans want to keep their financial backing a secret. If the Republicans threaten a walkout, the bipartisan spirit is already gone! The republicans have destroyed it with the threat. So, it is a bipartisan spirit if we do things the way the republicans want, and if we do things they way the Democrats want, then we are destroyiong bipartisan spirit? Heads the republicans win, tales the Democrats lose? America really needs to wake up!
0 # wrknight 2013-02-12 13:43
If you believe what you say, then make sure you set the alarm clock on election day. You might also set it loud enough to wake up other voters.
0 # famullar 2013-02-12 08:47
European shares were flat on Tuesday; with downbeat outlooks from firms such as Dutch navigation devices and digital map company TomTom hitting investor sentiment. TomTom saw significant declines, off nearly 8 per cent, after saying it expects a sharp drop in earnings in 2013, knocked in part by the weak state of the European car market. The FTSEurofirst 300 was flat at 1,154.32 by 0813 GMT, after a 0.7 per cent drop on Monday, having slipped around 2 per cent from a two-year closing high reached on Jan. 29. Fund managers indicated that the recent equity retreat looked more like a pause than the start of a serious correction. "Markets have run out of steam with the short base exhausted which leaves little room for a short squeeze rally. Having said that my feeling is that the dip will be bought as people need a place to put their money," said Lex van Dam, hedge fund manager at Hampstead Capital, which manages around $500 million assets I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA
+4 # bmiluski 2013-02-12 11:57
Inhofe added that he doesn't "trust this president to make the right appointments"

The American people voted for President Obama because THEY TRUSTED THIS PRESIDENT TO MAKE THE RIGHT APPOINTMENT. So who the heck does Inhofe think he is to try to second guess the American people?
+1 # wrknight 2013-02-12 13:52
Benghazi is just the latest smokescreen to hide the reckless, irresponsible and devastating legislation Republicans force down the throats of American citizens. During the Clinton administration, the smoke screen was all about a blow job.
+1 # wrknight 2013-02-12 14:02
Republicans - Go baby, go! Don't go away mad, just go away soon.
0 # famullar 2013-02-12 18:40
I have a more to comment about this article to the contributor (namely Mr. Hulbert). The next time we get a bear market, if you want to buy and hold long stock/call positions and ride them all the way down to a 80% loss or more, be my guest. I will be happily in long puts and keeping my harvested gains from the current bull market and putting the capital to work in the bear market (buying long puts). Buy and Hold is depressing and excruciating during a bear market. I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA
0 # famullar 2013-02-12 18:41
Did you know that the Chamber of Commerce is a union that represents huge corporations and too big to fail Wall St. banks that needed taxpayer money to bail them out? Do you realize this?
Why should common working people be shy on just so some fat cat can take ALL the money? We have little blood but after 1st march this too will be countable red cells I tank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA
0 # corey 2013-02-17 11:22
LET THE CRY BABIES WALK OUT....if Hagel was up for a position under GW Bush, they'd be calling those who dont support him "Anti-American" .....

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