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Remember when Chuck Hagel brought the nation’s press to Omaha a few years back to announce that he was holding off on any announcement that he might make regarding an announcement to run for President?
It was back then that Dana Bash brought the CNN cameras to Omaha to witness Hagel’s hot mess that day.
And yesterday, after Hagel’s less-than-impressive hearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding his nomination for Secretary of Defense, Bash reported, that (paraphrasing)
“…it was all the buzz on the floor of the Senate…Democrats and Republicans shocked that Hagel was not doing as well as he could … it was all the talk … about how ill prepared he was on some of the most basic comments that he has made in the past … even supportive Democrats were shaking their heads…there is disbelief…especially because he knows how this works…so a lot of people are perplexed.”
A kicker too, watch Hagel’s bullshitting regarding his statements on The Surge.
Hagel is trying to say, “well, I was referring to the war as a whole.” Bullshit. He was talking about the surge. Everyone was talking about the surge. It was one everyone’s lips. And Hagel championed himself as the Leader of those who didn’t want to send soldier “into that grinder” via the surge. This was not BEFORE the war, mind you.
The fact that Hagel can’t step on that point is frankly amazing.
We chuckled that Hagel started talking about “containment” with Iran — since many feel that Hagel relives everything about American foreign policy through the lens of Vietnam.
And then Hagel’s slightly snarky response to Senator Inhofe — that he didn’t know why Iran supports his nomination — saying that he has no idea, since he has hard enough time understanding American politics.
And we get the chuckle and disdain he was trying to elicit — but one could very well question that, Isn’t Iranian politics EXACTLY the sort of thing we hope the Secretary of Defense understands? Shouldn’t he have a pretty good idea when they are serious or whether they’re just flapping their gums, and why.
And Senator Deb Fischer was tough on Hagel as well.
Which begs the question…will he get confirmed?
The CW is that if there’s no filibuster, he’ll make it.
And that Hagel was sort of intentionally non-confrontational at the hearings so he could just sit back and coast to a nomination. And that may very well happen.
But others note that if, say, a Senator Cruz decides to filibuster, the Dems may have a very difficult time rounding up 5 votes to put Hagel over the top.
(Oh, and did anyone else notice, as one of our fearless readers did, that Hagel was introduced by two Virginia Senators, instead of Nebraskans? Hmm.)
The Mayor’s race is progressing along, beneath the surface of the public. Much fund-raising and all that.
We got a chuckle out of a letter from the Jean Stothert camp to one…Dan Welch:
These things HAPPEN, and we don’t mean to harp on the Team Stothert. But you gotta admit that it’s worth a smile.
But in the meantime, a visitor to our Nation’s Capital noticed that the anti-pipeline folks continue to…deface property.
Here’s a shot in Dupont circle.
Have a great weekend, stay warm, and have at it on whatever topic you’d like in the comments!
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