2.15.2013

i'd hate to see what would have happened if he'd had the nerve to nominate a member of his own party

The biggest problem I have with the Senate Republicans' behavior on the Hagel nomination isn't that they are acting like petulant children (though they are), or that they are in danger of setting a terrible precedent for pretty much every cabinet-level nomination in the future (that, too),  so much as the fact that most of what they are using to smear Mr. Hagel is just some shit a conservative hack made up and put on the internet:

Hey, guess what, [Friend of Hamas] is just a totally made-up group that does not exist. Dave Weigel did this crazy thing where he actually spent some time looking into the claim and it turns out, whoops, Breitbart.com’s Ben Shapiro published a made-up, untrue thing, because Breitbart.com’s Ben Shapiro is both a liar and a moron. (Mostly moron.) Hint No. 1 should probably have been that a pro-Hamas front group would not call itself “Friends of Hamas.”

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So, in case you were wondering, if you want to viciously smear someone, all you have to do is send a stupid lie to a Breitbart guy and he will publish it and then everyone in the conservative movement will repeat it. Just type, “Dear Ben Shapiro I heard Chuck Hagel cashed a check for ten million Soviet rubles from a group called ‘THE ALLIANCE OF EVIL’” into your AOL mail program and I guarantee Sen. Ted Cruz will be demanding answers within a week.
Laugh so you don't cry. 

9 comments:

Gino said...

the GOP, too often, is too much about Israel.

i've said that enough times in various forms already.

the GOP faithful cant see it, because they are too busy speaking to themselves.

the GOP (and the DNC too) should be about the USA: first, foremost, and only.

keep in mind the surnames of many of those involved. its never good when 1% of the population (jews) possess so much power over the 99%, and are able to influence policy the way that they have.

i think it over thrice before i vote to give political power to a jew.
there is a reason for that...
they can have/prone to allegiances that are not necessarily USA ones.

Mr. D said...

or that they are in danger of setting a terrible precedent for pretty much every cabinet-level nomination in the future (that, too)

John Tower had no comment.

Whatever the merits of Hagel (and I'm hard pressed to see them, personally), the precedent of shooting down a president's cabinet appointments is pretty well established.

Brian said...

Gino--comments like that don't make it any easier for those of us who are critics of Israel--and more precisely the US's apparently unconditional support for her--to refute the spurious charge of being animated by antisemitism. I am frankly a great deal less worried about the loyalties of Jewish Americans than I am the eschatological theology of some American evangelicals.

Mr D--Tower got an up or down vote. If Hagel loses an up or down vote, the process is honored and no bad precedents set. My complaint is with blocking the vote in the first place.

Mr. D said...

My complaint is with blocking the vote in the first place.

Reid set the rules. He can change them but has chosen not to. As for precedent, well, judge for yourself.

Tower got an up or down vote.

If the Post is correct, so will Hagel, eventually.

Republicans have shied away from making more history there; they say they will relent to a simple majority vote on Hagel, a move that will guarantee confirmation, later this month.

The purpose of this exercise has been to embarrass Obama (a process that both parties have used repeatedly for as long as I can remember) and expose Hagel for what he is, which is a guy who isn't particularly qualified for the job he seeks (which isn't unusual in Washington, either).

RW said...

The old guard GOP doesn't like something about Hegel, tand it's either personal or strictly political to be sure.

In my opinion, such as it is, anybody who thinks it has something to do with policy, qualifications, philosophy or worldview is a self-deluded idiot.

Gino said...

i thought the old guard GOP was effectively dead, unless you meant the new old guard that runs the party.

RW said...

I meant Senators McCain and Graham, the old guard GOP, who are and have been at the forefront of this and seem not to like Hegel for something other than philosophical reasons. They may have a grudge against him, or they just want to let President Obama know they're still alive and kicking, but whatever it is the old guard GOP - meaning the old guard GOP - isn't known for being above petty politics more or less than anybody else in that shithole called DC.

Gino said...

cancel my last comment. it wasnt well thought out.

Brian said...

Everyone gets a freebie for anything posted after midnight. :)