Why the Hagel filibuster should continue
Jennifer Rubin wonders why Lindsey Graham and John McCain are suddenly letting up on Chuck Hagel
(Hat Tip: Memeorandum
There is no graceful exit from the White House because President
Obama doesn’t give a darn whether Hagel is an incompetent fool. He’s not
backing down. He’s going to stick it to the pro-Israel community and to
Israel. He’s going to stick it to the Republicans. There is no other
way to read his determination to go forward with such a flawed nominee.
And Democrats, unlike their Republican counterparts in the Miers
nomination, don’t have the nerve or the concern for the institution in
which the nominee would serve to force the president’s hand.
Let’s recap. The president doesn’t care about an inept nominee. The
Democrats don’t care about an inept nominee. But Republicans are
supposed to defer to the White House’s judgment? This is, frankly, nuts.
All of this is doubly concerning since the report from Rutgers.
Contemporaneous notes recorded his words, and now Hagel can’t say
definitively that he didn’t say them. Meanwhile, after a slumber, two
major liberal Jewish organizations, the Anti-Discrimination League and
the American Jewish Committee, have perked up. Gosh, if true, this is
really bad stuff, they say. In fact it’s about the worst they’ve heard
from a nominee, who’s already declared himself not to be the senator
from Israel. They’ve woken up, so why won’t the GOP senators following
the Rutgers potential straw that breaks the nomination’s back?
And that’s not all there is. After discovery of even more speeches in
which Hagel was heard cozying up to Iran and embracing the
false-linkage theory, Hagel still will not say who paid for all his
speeches in the past five years. He has the information at his
fingertips, because presumably he reported his speaking fees as income
on his tax return. However, he won’t make a copy of that and send it to
the Senate for inspection. Is that because the payers are dubious
characters? Because of the amounts involved? Given everything else wrong
with this nominee, it is inconceivable that he would not be asked under
oath if he made the purported remark at Rutgers or elsewhere and who
paid for his speeches.
In any event, McCain and Graham shouldn’t fold when the going gets
tough. If this nominee is as bad as they say, they should, and indeed must,
filibuster him if the White House (unlike the Bush White House) and the
Democrats (unlike the GOP senators of yesteryear) won’t do the right
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Chuck Hagel, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, United States Senate