Senators seek info on president's actions during Benghazi attack
Wonder how many from the right are going to slam McCain for his lies: I will
not vote to filibuster. Oh, lied, now I will vote to filibuster!
The Republicans had no problem with Bush lying us into a war with Iraq, but
because there was some confusion about what exactly happened in Benghazi for a
few days, they have a BIG problem with that. No wonder they are becoming an
I'm glad the Republicans are testing the filabuster out. Now I only hope
that they have the guts to use it when it really counts, like if Obama gets a
chance to put a new justice on the Supreme Court. Should Obama put a far left
wing activist judge up, I want the Republicans to "Bork" him or her. In
spite of all the crying of foul, it won't be unprecedented. Keep it up
As opposed to Bush appointing a couple of far-right activist judges?
There was no filibuster against Bork's nomination to SCOTUS. He failed to
get 50 votes, some of them from his own party. Then he quit the job he had to
become a conservative celebrity. I'm not sure - he might be considered a
GOP moderate now, like Hegel. Note to m.g: If there's anything today's
Republicans know how to do, it's how to game the filibuster rules. No
Re: Mark B.However, you might remember that Harry Reid DID
filibuster Bush judicial appointments for the Federal Court when he had the
power. Precedent set!
Re: xscribeYou mean that far right activist judge Roberts who voted
to uphold Obamacare as Constitutional. That one?
The filibuster tool is supposed to be used rarely, and that's what Reid and
the Democrats did in opposition to less than 10 Bush judicial nominees out of
200 or more. Today's GOP sees a day without a filibuster like one with no
sunshine. I guess it was just a matter of time until the Senate's
"gentleman's agreement" on filibusters was going to be trashed,
although this one didn't even last a month!
If Hagel accepted money from Iran or terrorist affiliated groups then that would
be critically important information to know. So answer the question and have a
vote. If Hagel or the Obama administration refuse to present information that
answers the question then a filibuster is justified. If Hagel did accept money
from such groups, would he not feel some obligation to those groups? If those
groups are enemies of the US (terrorists, Iran) do we really want him serving as
Secretary of State?I am shocked that Obama could not find a more
qualified candidate to present to the Senate.
I wonder if David was shocked when he found out who Cheney and Rumsfeld had
dealt with over the years.
Mark B, So let me see if I understand you. If Hagel accepted money from
terrorists and/or Iran, it would be fine since Cheney and Rumsfeld accepted
money and had dealings with someone in the past?Or, what
Cheney/Rumsfeld did or did not do is irrelevent here because they are not being
nominated for Secretary of Defense. Lets find out the truth here regarding
Hagel and whether he accepted money from terrorists and Iran and decide if he
should be Sec of Defense. If he is asked to serve in the cabinet as Secretary of
Defense, and he has taken money from terrorists or Iran, wouldn't that
possibly affect his positions if we have to deal with these characters in the
future? Would it weaken Hagel in any way? Lets find out. At this point, Mark
B why are you talking about Cheney or Rumsfeld?
Just how likely is it, David, that there is a former US senator and current
nominee for Secretary of Defense who is also a secret terrorist promoter or
sympathizer? What does Hegel have to do - prove he never flew over a nation with
Muslims in it? I mention Cheney and Rumsfeld because they did business with
regimes we later saw as very dangerous to the world. If it was OK for them to
make money off those guys, then why wouldn't be all right for Hegel, your
fellow Republican? And if Hegel is OK regarding terror, what's the next
hurdle for his appointment - proving his gasoline has no foreign oil?
I am not saying Hagel has done anything wrong or terroristic. However, a
question has not been answered by Hagel regarding whether he has received money
from terrorists. If he had, the Senate should be made aware of that & take
it into consideration when voting for his appointment. Wouldn't you want
to know? We just need him to answer the question.