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Reid Schedules Vote on Hagel for Friday, Republicans Set to Filibuster *Update – HAGEL BLOCKED*

[UPDATE] Senior Democratic aides said that Hagel’s nomination does not have 60 votes at this time to overcome Republican objections before a key Friday procedural vote, leaving the nomination in limbo ahead of next week’s Senate recess. … “We do not have, at 12 o’clock today, a secretary of Defense,” Reid said. “It’s tragic they’ve decided to filibuster this qualified nominee – it is really unfortunate.” [Politico]

“This is the first time in the history that a presidential nominee for secretary of defense has been filibustered. What a shame,” Reid said on the Senate floor. [Politico]


DEMOCRATS have a 55-45 edge in the U.S. Senate.

Senator James Inhofe is a dishonest coward and won’t call his demand for a 60-vote threshold a filibuster, but that’s exactly what it is, though he gets to slide and not have to actually make it a filibuster by standing and talking.

Mr. Smith not only isn’t in Washington, nothing he stood for is represented there anymore.

The Senate has a right to advise and consent. What is happening in the Senate is well beyond this and goes to the heart of what’s currently wrong with our politics.

I certainly won’t make the case that Chuck Hagel had a perfect performance at his nomination hearing, far from it. But Senate Republicans have disgraced themselves with their treatment of Mr. Hagel.

American politics is in shambles.

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8 Responses to Reid Schedules Vote on Hagel for Friday, Republicans Set to Filibuster *Update – HAGEL BLOCKED*

  1. Cujo359 February 14, 2013 at 4:39 am #

    Democrats disgraced themselves by not changing the rules that allowed this sort of thing. You could excuse this the first time, back in 2006. But they’ve done this twice more since, and anyone who isn’t a drooling idiot could see this coming.

    They’d rather have the excuse than actually have the power to do something they don’t want to do. Blaming the GOP for this is like blaming the cat for trying to catch fish in the aquarium you didn’t remember to cover.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter February 14, 2013 at 5:24 am #

      DAMN….I agree with you 1000%!

  2. PeggySue February 14, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Ditto, ditto. The blame can be thrown directly at Harry Reid for not dismantling the filibuster nonsense. He had the chance and threw it away. The Republicans have been using the same old, same old to obstruct everything and anything. So when Reid expresses dismay over the obvious stall on Hagel he’s being completely disingenuous.

    These people really do think we’re fools.

    Whether Hagel is confirmed or not is almost beside the point. The Republicans are shameless gasbags, protecting their traditional moneybag financiers and the Dems are weak sisters, bowing to the powers that be [those who brung 'em to the dance and guarantee their retirement accounts]. It’s getting harder and harder to tell the difference.

    Just another sickening breakdown/kabuki dance inside the Beltway.

  3. Ramsgate February 14, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    Agree. Agree. Agree. In this case we cannot blame the Republicans. They are who they are and they are just being themselves. It is Reid. Hapless, spineless, cowardly, naive Harry Reid who deserves the blame for this. And you know what? A lot more is coming. What a shame.

    People should stop giving Harry Reid a pass.

  4. newdealdem1 February 14, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Jon Stewart compares Joe Lieberman to Dopey Dog (it’s that voice: lol), however, whilst that comparison is apt, it’s also an appropriate cartoon incarnation for Harry Reid. (the voice and the mopey part).

    I never saw him (when I began to notice him at all) as a leader and at first he didn’t inspire anything but disappointment and indifference in me. Since 2008, that’s turned into disgust and anger.

    If Hillary Clinton was not chosen by President-elect Obama to be SOS or she had not accepted that position, I (and lots of other Dems) wanted her to be Majority Leader at the time. She was one of the few who had what it took to lead the Senate Dems. However, I don’t know if she would have gotten a majority of the vote at the time given how divided they all were in the primary between Clinton and Obama. Also, she wasn’t in the Dem leadership either so there is that. But, she was my choice for leader of the Senate.

    From Wiki: Reid has been in the Senate Dem leadership since 1999. He became Majority Leader in 2007.

    I don’t understand how he was voted in again and again. He’s a terrible leader and he’s also against a woman’s right to choose and votes as such whenever the issue arises for a vote. If he had his way, Roe v Wade would be overturned. He’s not pushing very hard for any change in gun control and his recent speedy back peddling on amending (or doing away with – which is my preference) the filibuster is the final nail for me.

    That “august” body needs a new leader. Reid is weak tea and was made more so recently when Obama tapped Biden to lead the negotiations with McConnell regarding the “fiscal cliff” deal in December. He’s the top lame duck.

    I don’t know the rules of the Senate but if it allows for such, the Dem Senators need to convince him to step down and a new vote taken to elect someone more suited to the job and that person has to be for a woman’s right to choose, an advocate for gun control and amending or doing away altogether with the filibuster so that place can start to operate again.

    The only thing I worry about in this is that Schumer will put himself forward to be leader which would be worse because he’s a show horse and would only showcase himself. To say nothing about his backstabbing proclivities.

    Barring that, Reid needs to go. Who I would love to see as Majority Leader? For me, it’s no contest: Senator Patty Murray. She’s already in the Dem leadership, she’s got the initiative, energy, smarts and is tough which we need in a Dem leader.

  5. newdealdem1 February 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    Ramsgate, I read your post after I posted mine. Obviously, I couldn’t agree more. Reid needs to go and now!

  6. Uh-oh February 14, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    I really don’t understand why Reid doesn’t MAKE the republicans actually talk if they want to filibuster. Just saying you want to do it shouldn’t be enough. Is it a new rule that you only get to vote once on each issue or nominee? Keep putting it up for a vote over and over until everyone is sick of it.

    • Beth in suburban Chicago February 14, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

      Uh-oh — I think it’s been several years (at least some bipartisan presidents ago!) that the “threat” of a filibuster has been enough to BE the filibuster.

      I agree — for both sides. Want a filibuster? Then talk, and talk, and talk…

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