Skip to comments.Inhofe to ‘Postpone’ Hagel Vote
Posted on 02/11/2013 12:27:08 PM PST by smoothsailing
February 11, 2013 2:47 PM
By Robert Costa
Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, tells National Review Online that he will postpone the nomination of Chuck Hagel, President Obamas nominee for secretary of defense.
Ill do that for as long as it takes, he says, firmly. Im going to make sure there is a 60-vote margin.
Hagel may be passed out of the committee, but its going to be a long, long time before he hits the floor, Inhofe says. Were going to need as much time as possible, and there are going to be several of us who will have holds.
Each day that goes by will make it more difficult for Democrats who say they are pro-Israel to hold out, Inhofe explains. I want everyone to be very clear about his past statements and his positions.
Inhofe says he will not block Hagels committee vote on Tuesday. Instead, he will now focus entirely on an extended floor fight over the final confirmation. Hes definitely going to make it out of the committee, he predicts.
The Oklahoma senator, who has been one of Hagels fiercest critics, says that he will not walk out of the committee vote, as some have rumored.
Inhofes main concern remains Hagels position on Israel. The anti-Israel history of Chuck Hagel is real, he says. We cant have someone at the Pentagon who has made these kind of statements.
Hagels financial-disclosure issues, he adds, are not central to why hes working to postpone the nomination. That doesnt bother me, he says. To me, thats minor.
Ok. But it’s time for him to go. He’ll end up voting for Hagel if it’s close. If it’s not close, he’ll vote against him. That’s his MO.
“Inhofe says he will not block Hagels committee vote on Tuesday. Instead, he will now focus entirely on an extended floor fight over the final confirmation. Hes definitely going to make it out of the committee, he predicts.”
Since you object to a walk out, perhaps you can explain Inhofe’s strategy and how Hagel will lose when it comes to the floor?
I call BS
By all means let’s win the mature adult moral high ground award. That will be a real comfort as we watch our country disappear.
I don’t give a darn how they get it done. Conservatives need to learn to get it done any which way that works. Even dirty and by way of tantrum.
If you read what McCain said, he already conceded that Hagel “fulfilled the rigorous requirements that the Committee demands of every Presidential nominee to be Secretary of Defense.”
No he did not. There are financial disclosures still outstanding. And unlike McCain I have no objection to his being “disrespectful” to Chairman Levin.
By all means lets win the mature adult moral high ground award. That will be a real comfort as we watch our country disappear.
Oh stuff it, what would be the point in explaining anything to you? You've obviously got it all figured out. Far be for me to interrupt your pious self-assurance. Wallow in your self righteousness, in your mind you've no doubt earned it.
Yikes. The first woman SecDef? Oh Whoopee.
Makes me proud he is MY Senator!
We’re going to get screwed, regardless.
I want the Marxist impeached over Benghazi, so dragging out the confirmations works for me!
I’m with you, every day his agenda is stalled, blocked or reversed is a good day for liberty! :-)
Wounding Obama early and often is critical. The media covered for him and he got a second term, but you can turn back his moves. Gain the Senate and it happens even quicker.
Once Obamacare is fully born he and the Dems will be fish food. The GOP has a real shot at peeling away disaffected blacks. I’ve spoken to many “inner-city” blacks who want guns, vouchers, jobs and who think Obama’s nothing but a talking suit.
There’s also a strong and growing rift between Latinos and blacks. Blacks may come home to the GOP. Latinos are the lowest participating voters. Jobs and liberty will lead the way.
I have to ask why? Is this another GOP fake where they draw the line in the sand....5 yards behind the goal line? I am tired of the GOP taking a stand tomorrow or next week. Like real budget cuts, next week never comes.
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