[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.