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Thanks To The GOP Opposing Chuck Hagel, America Now Knows Ted Cruz

February 26, 2013 3:17 pm Category: Memo Pad, Politics 35 Comments A+ / A-
Thanks To The GOP Opposing Chuck Hagel, America Now Knows Ted Cruz

In a nearly unprecedented move, Senate Republicans prevented a vote on the nomination of former Republican senator Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s choice to replace Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense. A mere 10 days later, more than a dozen Republicans joined with Democrats to end the debate on his nomination, paving the way for his confirmation.

What has the GOP achieved by delaying the former senator from Nebraska’s nomination?

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin, an outspoken Hagel foil and self-proclaimed “friend of Israel” proclaims, “The Republican Party is rock solid in its support of Israel and determination to prevent Iran from getting a bomb. In order to be confirmed, Hagel had to pretend he was, too.”

So Rubin’s claiming that the filibuster convinced President Obama’s Secretary of Defense to claim the exact same policies the president made a central part of his campaign?

Rubin also credits the campaign against Hagel withstripping the former Army infantryman of “the patina of competence.” Because if you love your country, taking away authority from the man charged with leading the Pentagon is a good thing?

There have been many rationales for opposing Hagel. Republicans first charged that he was homophobic, then anti-Semitic. They accused him of speaking at events in support of a group that doesn’t exist and being endorsed by Louis Farrakhan and Iran.

Texas’ new Republican senator Ted Cruz wrote in Politico, “Hagel’s nomination has been publicly celebrated by the Iranian government — surely an occurrence without precedent for a nominee for Secretary of Defense.”

And, of course, that never really happened — which leads us to what the Republicans actually gained by opposing Chuck Hagel. They reaffirmed the caricature of their party as being so opposed to Obama that they would filibuster themselves if he nominated them. And they introduced America to Ted Cruz.

Cruz, at first, seemed the natural heir to South Carolina Republican senator Jim DeMint, who resigned suddenly last year to lead the Heritage Foundation. But the former Solicitor General of Texas has quickly eclipsed Rand Paul (R-KY) as the poster child for Tea Party paranoia.

Cruz’s willingness to make baseless accusations and cast the pall of treason on any opponent quickly won him comparisons to former senator Joseph McCarthy, who was eventually censured by his colleagues in the 1950s.

These accusations have led to an examination of Cruz’s record that shows that not only is he willing to smear opponents as communists decades after the fall of the Soviet Union — he doesn’t even understand what communist is. Or he doesn’t care.

Cruz is much more interested in making an inflammatory accusation than making an actual point.

That’s what Republicans did to Chuck Hagel. They raised baseless accusations because he was a Republican who was willing to work with President Obama, a Republican who pointed out the obvious about George W. Bush, a Republican who isn’t eager for more wars in the Middle East.

And in doing so, they reminded America why they lost in 2012.

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  • http://twitter.com/MortAlcoil1 Mort Alcoil

    There’s just no rational accounting for this type of insanity in the Republican party. Is there some kind of Flu passing between them that is depriving their brains of oxygen and killing off their brain cells???

    I mean, seriously, what have they gained by all this empty posturing, stone-walling and temper tantrums? Unless it’s part of some bigger strategy, I’m unaware of, I’m at a loss to explain what is wrong with these people.

    • TheSkalawag929

      It’s best to not try to figure them out because your only reward is a very large headache.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344214287 Darryl Price

    The President MUST NOT allow these people to withdraw the nomination EVEN IF it means operating with an acting Defense Secretary for his entire second term. And if he does withdraw Hagel it must be for the purpose of nominating someone equally competent but whom the paranoids in the Senate find even more objectionable. Chuck Hagel is yet another in a long line of highly qualified Political Prisoners whose only crime seems to be having been nominated by the President that the far right loves to hate. FREE CHUCKIE!

    • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

      Chuck Hagel will be confirmed. The travesty that passed for a confirmation hearing damaged the credibility of the GOP a lot more than the baseless claims levied against an honorable serviceman did to him. If anything, it exposed the GOP for what it is, and it elevated the stature of Chuck Hagel and President Obama’s.

      • TheSkalawag929

        Who really cares if the GOP’s credibility is damaged?

        Democrats don’t care because the more republicans eviscerate themselves the better it is for democrats among the general population.

        Apparently republicans don’t care or because of their ideological zealotry are unable to see themselves as doing harm to themselves.

        So until such time as the more sane minds regain control of the republican party or their self immolation is complete and their ashes are blown away by the winds of time, I don’t think there are many that care about the credibility of the party of no.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HGC4BGWVYXV76PHZBPSPOOU5GA Independent1

        Just to update – Chuck Hagel was confirmed as Defense Secretary yesterday afternoon around 5:00pm by a 58 to 41 margin.

      • lana ward

        Omuslim and Hagel hate Israel just as all dems do. We’ll see how this communist buzzard treats Israel

  • Sand_Cat

    No need for Cruz to worry: he won’t be censured by his colleagues, no matter what he does.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Jones/827014412 Daniel Jones

    The Republican National Committee–the Tail Gunner party.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    Sen. Ted Cruz, the guy born in Canada who has become the latest Tea Party standard bearer, makes Marco Rubio, Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan look moderate. His recent track record go well beyond scare tactics and hyperbole, it includes outright lies unbecoming of a Senator. Is this the best Texas can do to contribute to the welfare of the USA? U.S. Immigration should double check this clown’s status and consider deporting him back to his native Canada, where I doubt he will be welcomed, or to his ancestral Cuba.

    • BDD1951

      I live in Texas. Born and raised. Here in Texas republicans don’t care how bad their candidate is as long as the ballot says republican. We had a great smart man running for governor but he was a Democrat. Apparently Democrat is a dirty word. Next month we will be holding a workshop in Richmond, Texas called “Fighting for Texas.” The purpose is to work to turn Texas into at least a Battleground state.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HGC4BGWVYXV76PHZBPSPOOU5GA Independent1

        Good luck with that!! With the many disasterous rankings of Texas on many subjective measures: 46th in in the nation on low SAT scores for it’s college bound students, with 50% or lower graduation rates of HS students (almost worst in the nation); near lowest in the nation in salaries for its teachers; worst in the nation for percent of its population that votes; 3rd in the nation with percent of people living below the poverty level; worst in the nation in total environmental polution; one of the highest in nation for putting its tax burden on its middle and lower class citizens and many more not too favorable showings – Rick Perry has really done a disasterously poor job.

        • BDD1951

          We know all that. That why we have to fight for Texas. If we don’t at least fight for our citizens then we become just like the repugs.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/HGC4BGWVYXV76PHZBPSPOOU5GA Independent1

            You’re so right!! Again, Good luck in your fight!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/J3EEUFPLDGJVJY774J4DQW57RM thong

    Why do GOP care about Israel ? Money ?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZEDCQ4URHFFCKH5THB4DT3G54M Brian

    Republicans are zombies. Remember to aim for the head and double tap.

  • docb

    And they do not LIKE WHAT THEY SEE…joe mccarthy Cruz…just like the rest of the right wing toadies…A JOKE!

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    You have to ask what the point of preventing Hagel’s nomination was? Puhlease…You have a Republican party today comprised of spoiled, overindulge little boys, who when they don’t get their way, pull tantrums.

    The joke is the more they do this, the less rational Americans have tolerance for the GOP’s “Terrible Twos” routine.

    The face of the GOP party is all too masculine, all too autocratic and all too excessively tied to the wealthiest 1% and the most profitable corporations. This is who the GOP party exists for today.

    That sequester BS is another GOP tantrum. Every country of the world has economic ups and downs. It’s a cyclical fact of life. What every country of the world doesn’t have is a party who tries desperately to suck the life out of the employed Middle Class to keep the wealth of the 1% in constant growth and the Corporate Welfare state from having to exit the feeding trough of our tax dollars.

    And if there is one common denominator among the GOP male bulls of the party, it’s their insatiable lust for power. No level is too low for them to stoop to maintain their rank in the Norquistian Empire. Until that is, Americans decide they’ve had enough. Everything does have its limits. The GOP thinks otherwise.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HGC4BGWVYXV76PHZBPSPOOU5GA Independent1

      Great post!! Here’s hoping that Americans reach their limit of accepting crap from the GOP fairly soon – before they allow the GOP to turn America into something akin to a 3rd world country – where Corporations and the 1% are nothing more than being akin to despot rulers like Gadafy, Assad and numerous others.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZEDCQ4URHFFCKH5THB4DT3G54M Brian

    Cruz is a zombie. Aim for his head and double tap.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TT6POTCLZCE74T76WAJIIIUAHU frida

    All Chuck Hagel fiasco was to try and see whether their obstruction are working or not. Like many other they have tried before, again they have hit the big brick. But that is not important for anyone who voted for Pres. Obama and wants to see him succeed. Voting for him was good and appreciated BUT that was not the only goal. He needs all the support. We need to think deeply how we can support his agendas and how to stop these craziness republicans are doing. It can be done, we need to play our part.

    • charleo1

      Well said, frida. Remember 2010, is not as catchy as, “Remember the Alamo,” or
      “Remember the Maine,” even. But, as you said, each of us need to continue our
      support for the President, and the progressive agenda, to keep the Country moving
      forward. And stop the regressive organizations, represented by Cruz, and other
      T-Party nihilists, that would set the Country back a hundred years, or more!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dennis.hoover2 Dennis Hoover

    To my way of thinking this whole mess exposed the problematic underbelly of our foreign policy and military militancy as being ISRAELI CENTERED through its Israeli Lobby influence and interference to promote their interests over US interests. The most apposed senators to Hagel are Israeli Centered advocates and pro war that will benefit Israel far more than the US.

    LETS FACE FACTS,THE FOLLOWING IS WHAT DROVE THE LOUDEST SENATORS AGAINST HAGEL. THE NEO CON’S, PARTICULARLY WILLIAM KRISTOLS PNAC THINK TANK WHOSE MEMBERS CONSTITUTED WELL OVER HALF OF BUSH’S WAR CABINET ARE MOSTLY DUAL NATIONAL CITIZENS OF BOTH ISRAEL AND THE US. >>>>>LOOK IT UP<<<<< THIS CABAL NEEDS TO BE PERMANENTLY ENDED !!!! THE LEFT OVER PEOPLE FROM THIS AND OTHER SUCH THINK TANKS PUSHED AGAINST HAGEL. WHAT OTHER COUNTRY WOULD WE PUT UP WITH THIS FROM ??? WHAT WAS WASHINGTONS WARNING ABOUT FAVORING ONE NATION OVER ANOTHER ???? THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS THAT ISRAEL IS THE TAIL WAGGING THE DOG (THE USA)

    IT IS OUR PATRIOTIC DUTY TO EXPOSE THIS MESS, AND NO IT IS NOT ANTI SEMITIC TO EXPOSE THE TRUTH, THESE NEO CONS ARE PUSHING ISRAEL CENTRIC INTERESTS OVER US INTERESTS AND THIS HAGEL MESS EXPOSED IT EVEN MORE THAN BEFORE. IT HAS GOT TO BE PUT TO AN END.

    Now let the anti this, that and the other charges begin. LOL but I say, lets stop our politicians israeli lobby boot licking for their money, their influence and over fear of their anti semite (etc) charges and start putting US interests first, when we do we will start insisting on Israel being fair with its neighbors and start requiring Israel to own up to its Nuclear program as apposed to their avoiding the inspections they are pushing on Iran. When we do that, then and only then will we be seen as a fair peace broker in the middle east, rather than being just as isolated as Israel is over our Israel centric Cart Blanch approval of whatever they do no matter how wrong it is.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CVVR3SYDWGMOSYJBUXICDDK74A Doctor T

    The GOP is a doomed party. No logic in their approach and no bi-partisan tendencies. More and more and more right wing nuts they bring out of their china cabinet. Believe me I already know that when I post this I will be accused of using the race card. But unfortunately, it is what it is. There still is a strong undercurrent of fear and hate for people of color in this country. It is particularly telling when the Obama family is picked on for numerous “infractions” that was done numerous times by previous white men and their families. The latest is the big kerfuffle over Michelle’s appearance at the Oscars. Please people, get over it and move into the light!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TT6POTCLZCE74T76WAJIIIUAHU frida

    It is true that now America know who is Ted Cruz. This should not be an issue especially on Dems side. We need to ignore him completely regardless how bad stuff he will say. The more we talk about him, the more we build up his name. Let his party build him up, but if they will realise the opposition don’t care at all about him, they will stop and eventually himself. It can be hard at the beginning, but if we will stick on knowing what we are doing, we will for sure succeed.

  • midway54

    The crazies in the Loon Star State who voted this guy into office will perhaps urge him to help form another House Unamerican Activities Committee and at some point if the right wing stooges become the majority, he might succeed in forming another Senate Internal Affairs Committee which he might seek to chair in his quest for communists. What a picture that would be: A Joseph R, McCarthy remarkable look-alike and just as obnoxious in his irresponsible outbursts.

  • Dirk Vanden

    pure & simple: all that’s left of Eisenhower’s GOP is obstructionism. Even one of their own. They all seem determined to show the world what total idiots they are, in close-up & HD.
    I think we should get rid of politicians and run the country by computer; one registered voter, one vote. With the equipment already in place, Obama could make history by being the last President elected by an Electoral College.
    I just realized something: We have managed to elect a whole bunch of rich lawyers to run our country. We’re the idiots!

  • lana ward

    Omuslim and Hagel both hate Israel. Now there’s another communist in Omuslims un-holy bunch

    • SueTX

      While shopping yesterday, I overheard a small boy about 5 yrs old pleading and crying at his mama….’BUT I WANT IT!!!!’ Regardless of her patient logical answers, he continued to scream that he wanted HIS WAY, RIGHT NOW. No amount of intelligent reasoning was gonna work with this little brat – he needed to removed from public and the hand of discipline and learning applied firmly to his backside.
      I thought of you Lana, as I listened to that screaming brat. You share a lot in common with him….unreasoning, unintelligent and a pain to all who have to listen to you.

      • lana ward

        Read my comments then go about your business!!Don’t reply!! Just STFU!!!!Thank you

        • ralphkr

          Ah yes, lana! A typical reaction from a reactionary conservative. “How dare you question me. I am the voice of truth as revealed to me by the one true God. Your duty is to listen to me, heed my word and STFY.” Oh, wait, wasn’t that Bachman’s mantra.

          • lana ward

            Bob Woodward spoke the truth about Omuslim, now the WH is threatening him. Let’s see if he turns up dead like Omuslims enemies do.

          • ralphkr

            Yep, lana, I am sure that you speak the truth about Woodward’s imminent demise considering the painful deaths of Gingrich, Ryan, Romney, Paul, Bachman, McCain, Palin, Boehner, Cantor, etc, etc.

          • lana ward

            Lanny Davis said the WH threatened him too

          • lana ward

            Obama can’t accomplish what he wants because he’s not a dictator. He can’t make others do “the right thing” because he’s not a dictator. Why would he make this point?? I’ve never heard a President talk like this when he doesn’t get his own way!! He is pre-selling a move he plans to make! DICTATOR!!!

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