John Kerry's nomination is over, Chuck Hagel's is about to begin!
John Kerry's nomination is over, Chuck Hagel's is about to begin!
|by Anonymous||reply 66||02/02/2013|
Ex. Sen. John Warner is in attendance. (Also known as one of Liz Taylor's exes!)
|by Anonymous||reply 2||01/31/2013|
Ex. Sen. Sam Nunn also present.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||01/31/2013|
Senor Bibi is doing everything he can to stop this guy from getting confirmed.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||01/31/2013|
Fmr. Republican Senator John Warner speaking in support of Chuck Hagel.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||01/31/2013|
Sen. Cruz and Sen. Inhofe are going to vote against confirmation.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||01/31/2013|
Carl Levin, committee chairman and kindly old shoemaker...
|by Anonymous||reply 7||01/31/2013|
James Inhofe may actually be the biggest asshole in the entire Congress.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||01/31/2013|
These Senators are more obsessed with Israel than Mel Gibson.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||01/31/2013|
I would swear Jeff Sessions is illiterate.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||01/31/2013|
[quote]Hagel should be put on the record about his gays in the military stance though.
In his opening remarks, he said directly that as SoD he'd make sure DADT would be fully repealed and that LGBT spouses would get all the benefits they can receive with DOMA still law.
He also said that he supports women in combat.
If none of the other Senators ask him about DADT, Kirsten Gillibrand will.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||01/31/2013|
Dreadful horror. If he takes over DoD, the next election will be systematically stolen from us.
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|by Anonymous||reply 15||01/31/2013|
...Mark Udall got there first. Good for him.
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|by Anonymous||reply 17||01/31/2013|
Carl Levin is a Pro Labor, smart, tough politician with integrity. Also Jewish, but has never forgotten that he is an American citizen first. He is hardly a shoemaker.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||01/31/2013|
Is this Kay Hagan (D-NC) speaking now?
|by Anonymous||reply 19||01/31/2013|
He's a great guy. I just think with those half-moon spectacles perched on the edge of his nose, he looks like the village cobbler from a fairy tale.
Surely, there's a gay somewhere on Kay Hagan's staff that could convince her to do something different with her hair.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||01/31/2013|
[quote]Is this Kay Hagan (D-NC) speaking now?
It is she.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||01/31/2013|
Kay Hagan is up for re-election in 2014. We have to give her credit for beating Elizabeth Dole in 2008.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||01/31/2013|
How long do these usually take?
|by Anonymous||reply 23||01/31/2013|
Kerry's only took a couple of days, R23, but this one could drag on for longer since the Republicans are putting up more opposition
|by Anonymous||reply 24||01/31/2013|
When they opened the hearing, Levin said that each Senator would get eight minutes, and there are 26 members. Kelly Ayotte from New Hampshire who goes next is the half-way point.
Then they're going to recess because there's a vote happening in the main chamber, then they're going to reconvene for a second round of questions.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||01/31/2013|
Republicans hate one of their own. Hmm, guess why -- Obama #1, Israel #2.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||01/31/2013|
[quote]Kelly Ayotte from New Hampshire who goes next is the half-way point.
Why is this idiot on the Armed Services Committee?
|by Anonymous||reply 27||01/31/2013|
[quote]Why is this idiot on the Armed Services Committee?
She's one of three Republican women in the Senate, and it's pretty high profile assignment. Like I said earlier, she's a MENSA member compared to Jeff Sessions.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||01/31/2013|
[quote]She's one of three Republican women
Four. I forgot about Susan Collins.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||01/31/2013|
I see Joe Manchin went to the George W Bush School of "Nuclear" Elocution.
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|by Anonymous||reply 32||01/31/2013|
I love Gillibrand, and she loves us. She's also the REAL next Jackie O. That girl has NY style. Her British husband is adorable too.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||01/31/2013|
I can't decide who was the bigger bitch, Miss Lindsay Graham or Deb Fischer, who appeared to prepare for her remarks by sucking on a lemon.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||01/31/2013|
I thought it was remarkable statesmanship that US Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) showed: rushing to the cameras to say he'll vote no on Hagel, before the interviews are even completed.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||01/31/2013|
Rubio is unfortunately falling into the same tired, Republican't logic. None.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||01/31/2013|
He doesn't need the interviews, R35, those who vote no are taking their orders from the leader of a foreign country.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||01/31/2013|
Most of this is just theater, anyway. I doubt any of the Republicans are going to change their votes based on what he's been saying. Graham and McCain in particular were just camera-whoring.
The only thing this might be doing is firming up some votes among the more left-leaning Democrats, who might have been uneasy about the women in combat and DADT.
Thad Cochrane has already said he's going to vote to confirm. Between Portman, Murkowski, and Collins, they've got enough for a cloture motion, even if neither of those three end up voting Aye.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||01/31/2013|
The United States Senate, where legislation goes to die.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||01/31/2013|
No r39, that would be the House.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||01/31/2013|
I will only say that they recessed Hagel's hearing so that the members could vote on the debt ceiling bill. The debate on the bill started two hours ago, and they're only just now getting around to vote for final passage.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||01/31/2013|
After her bruising and historic write-in reelection, when the RNC threw her under the bus, I do have slightly higher hopes for Lisa Murkowski. I think she is finally free to vote her conscience sometimes, plus when Rachel Maddow interviewed her in 2010 she was quite sane and likable. I hope she votes yes.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||01/31/2013|
Murkowski strikes me as a pragmatist more than anything else. I think she's still a good Republican, but she also seems to understand better than most of her colleagues that she's there to govern, not just to obstruct.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||01/31/2013|
Hagel was absolutely dreadful.
I'm almost embarrassed for Obama.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||02/01/2013|
R43, part of it may also be that Murkowski has sent a message to the Republican leadership that she is able to get elected on her own terms if she needs to. She got elected as a write-in candidate in 2010 over Palin's pick Joe Miller when she lost the Republican nomination.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||02/01/2013|
[quote]Knew it. These people are payed off.
No, the Republicans have been trying to turn Israel into a wedge issue. This is theater in that effort. Meanwhile, Democratic, pro-Israel senators will be voting to confirm.
Gasp! People are playing politics in Washington.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||02/01/2013|
I find John McCain and his girlfriend Lindsey Graham, to be utterly repulsive. They gross me out. McCain is a ratfucking piece of chit. Belligerent, unstable, vile. He's crazy. Graham isn't worth the time it takes to talk about him.
Having said that, Hagel will get appointed. I am more concerned with Kerry at State. I have a bad feeling about him. Maybe it's colored by his performance as a candidate, the way he drones on & on talking, saying nothing, until you could just smack the crap out of him.
I just believe Kerry lacks the energy, the stature, and the toughness of Hillary. I don't think anyone will be excited when this old rich white man with crooked teeth walks into the room.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||02/01/2013|
Kerry will do just fine.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||02/01/2013|
166 questions about Israel, 20 about Afghanistan, the longest war in the history of the US. Israel got more questions than any other subject. I can't frigging stand that country. Hell, I can't frigging stand that entire region!
|by Anonymous||reply 49||02/01/2013|
Kerry wanted that post his entire life. He knows it inside and out.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||02/01/2013|
I saw Chuck Hagel about 6 or 8 years ago eating in Georgetown with his family. The man is adorable, and he just seemed like a good guy. I hope he gets in. I know he has said some stupid things in the past but the fact that the neo-cons don't want him must mean he is alright.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||02/01/2013|
Several days ago, news people were saying "when Hagel is confirmed..." but I've heard several today say "if Hagel is convirmed..."
|by Anonymous||reply 52||02/01/2013|
Oh, dear 2 me. That should be "if Hagel is confirmed..."
|by Anonymous||reply 53||02/01/2013|
there was a guy on TV last night with a theory/explanation for the Republicans behavior: Hagel's appointment will be an END to meaningful neocon influence in things. They're over.
And by the way, wasn't John McCain supposed to be off this committee by now?
|by Anonymous||reply 54||02/01/2013|
And waste an opportunity to be snippy and rude in front of a camera?
|by Anonymous||reply 55||02/01/2013|
Guess what else: Hagel was anti-Bush!
|by Anonymous||reply 56||02/01/2013|
Well, John Kerry, our chief diplomat, just did something I find unbecoming and certainly unchivalrous. He "confided" in a Boston Globe interview shortly after his confirmation, that the President offered him the post at least a week before Susan Rice announced she was not a candidate.
He also mentioned that the President asked him to keep quiet about it, "..and I did." he announced. At the very least that demonstrates a complete lack of judgement. It certainly makes Susan Rice look bad, as if she didn't have to confidence of the President in her current position. I'm sorry. I've never liked Kerry. His politics are fine, but he is just an ass.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||02/01/2013|
not really R56. Educate yourself.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||02/01/2013|
[quote]I'm sorry. I've never liked Kerry. His politics are fine, but he is just an ass.
Any man can marry one rich woman and get away with it. But a man who marries into money twice in a row reveals something non-admirable about his character.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||02/02/2013|
R60, one can be pleased to see the decline in influence of the Neo-Cons for many, many good reasons without it being an expression of anti-semitism.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||02/02/2013|
Can't stand him. And actually I really hate the Jew Haters here on DL.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||02/02/2013|
I was stunned at the irrelevant questions hurled at Hagel. it amazed me to watch the incompetence of the Republicans and the complete shock of Hagel in so many WTF moments.
These hearings prove that the Republicans are even bigger tools than the Democratic side, which is really saying something.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||02/02/2013|
He could take a shit on his chair and still be confirmed. The Senate won't stop one of their own.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||02/02/2013|
Hitler would have loved the Neo-Cons, R62. In many ways they follow in his very footsteps.
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