“Absolutely not,” Carney told reporters at Thursday’s daily briefing when asked whether there’s any chance the Hagel nomination will be withdrawn. “Any suggestion to the contrary might have been found in the minutes of the meetings of the Friends of Hamas.” [Washington Post]
FROM THE “Friends of Hamas” joke that had Republicans and other extremists believing another ridiculous claim about Chuck Hagel now comes the We Don’t Like Him So Obama Can’t Have Him contingent. It follows the first time in U.S. history that a president’s choice for secretary of defense has been filibustered.
It’s unprecedented that a nominee has been asked to produce what has been demanded of Hagel, so Republicans citing “unprecedented” for President Obama to have the secretary of defense he wants after winning an election takes a deep sense of entitlement that doesn’t exist in the constitution.
“While we respect Sen. Hagel’s honorable military service, in the interest of national security, we respectfully request that you withdraw his nomination,” the senators wrote. “It would be unprecedented for a Secretary of Defense to take office without the broad base of bipartisan support and confidence needed to serve effectively in this critical position.”
[...]The letter is signed by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), David Vitter (R-La.), Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.).
The Washington Post has the full letter.
In the Obama era, advise and consent has become we’ve thought about it and f*#! you.
The party of Lincoln is a disgrace, though that’s no longer news anymore.