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February 12, 2013 4:36 PM Hagel Confirmation Gets All Kabuki

By Ed Kilgore

So to sum up what appears to be the trajectory of the Hagel confirmation:

* After an endless session today where Senators have had the chance to restate their positions several times, the Armed Services Committee will at some point before it breaks for the State of the Union Address clear Hagel’s nomination for floor action, probably on a party-line vote.

* Ranking Republican Member James Inhofe will place a “hold” on the nomination, which Harry Reid says he will disregard.

* There will then probably have to be a cloture vote to bring the nomination to the floor, which will succeed by at least a couple of votes, unless Inhofe and his friends throw in the towel first.

* The procedural wrangling will probably throw the final vote into next week, giving Republican Senators plenty of more opportunities to display their undying love for Israel and/or their conviction the administration is hiding something of transcendent importance about Benghazi (not that there could be something unimportant on this subject!).

So in other words, you can probably tune out the whole thing without missing much other than Lindsey Graham’s transparent calculations on exactly how much pandering to conservative activists he must do to avoid a 2014 primary.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • mellowjohn on February 12, 2013 5:06 PM:

    any calls for hagel to fellate a donkey?

  • conbrio on February 12, 2013 5:14 PM:

    i think you should have said graham's "craven" calculations.......he's like the drowning man who
    pushes others under to keep his own head above
    water. what a coward.

  • schtick on February 12, 2013 6:56 PM:

    So petty these teapubs are. Looking for a conspiracy and secrets in everything after upholding all the lies and secrets from the previous administration.

    Thank you, teapubs, for making sure I never vote for any republican again.

  • mfw13 on February 12, 2013 8:19 PM:

    I'm just amazed at how virulently the GOP is opposing Hagel. He's a f**king Republican for crying out loud!

    When was the last time a party unanimously voted against a nominee from their own party in committee?

  • MuddyLee on February 13, 2013 8:48 AM:

    Just read that Texas Senator Ted Cruz (endorsed by Jim DeMint) said that Hagel's income included $200,000 that could have come from NORTH KOREA. Of course back in the 2012 repub primary, the head of the SC repub party was interviewed on some public radio program (maybe the Takeaway) and stated that Obama's policies had been tried, and had failed, in places like NORTH KOREA, Cuba, and Russia. Would like to see somebody in the MSM discuss how both sides need to be more bipartisan....where are the dems yelling about the Ayn Rand utopian vision promoted by people like Paul Ryan and Mick Mulvaney.