IT’S A question that should be answered, since the Senate Armed Services Committee is deciding to hold Chuck Hagel to standards senators can’t meet themselves.
The confirmation delay of Chuck Hagel is on precarious footing, because of the double standard the Committee has decided to impose on Hagel. It’s bad enough that the so-called “sexual harassment” charges come out of the blue, after Hagel’s own top aide said it wasn’t an issue and was handled below Hagel’s level at the time. Conveniently breathing life into an allegation that was long ago put to rest is unbecoming the Senate, but we just don’t have the class in this body we used to.
I’ve seen John McCain, Jim Inhofe, Jeff Sessions, Roy Blunt and others speak extemporaneously — and if they were in Hagel’s seat, I’m sure they’d be a bit miffed if senators Jeanne Shaheen or Carl Levin or Joe Manchin were pounding on them to produce speech texts that don’t exist. They need to get over it. Calling Hagel a “liar” is beneath them, beneath the institution in which they work, and not healthy for democracy.
They also want financial information about donations received by and business done in the private and public firms Hagel was associated with but did not actually control.
Ted Cruz’s wife works for Goldman Sachs. Let’s turn this around a bit. Should Cruz’s wife, Heidi, eventually be nominated for something big time — or Senator Cruz himself have ambitions beyond his senate perch — will he be able to compel her to make Goldman Sachs, which has considerable equities involving the US national interest, disclose its business and relationships domestic and foreign? I certainly hope not. Wrong way to get at Goldman Sachs — and an inappropriate expectation from the eventually-nominated-to-something Ted or Heidi Cruz.