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Inhofe to ‘Postpone’ Hagel Vote
National Review ^ | 2-11-2013 | Robert Costa

Posted on 02/11/2013 12:27:08 PM PST by smoothsailing

February 11, 2013 2:47 PM

Inhofe to ‘Postpone’ Hagel Vote

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 Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense.

“I’ll do that for as long as it takes,” he says, firmly. “I’m going to make sure there is a 60-vote margin.”

“Hagel may be passed out of the committee, but it’s going to be a long, long time before he hits the floor,” Inhofe says. “We’re 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 Hagel’s committee vote on Tuesday. Instead, he will now focus entirely on an extended floor fight over the final confirmation. “He’s definitely going to make it out of the committee,” he predicts.

The Oklahoma senator, who has been one of Hagel’s fiercest critics, says that he will not walk out of the committee vote, as some have rumored.

Inhofe’s main concern remains Hagel’s position on Israel. “The anti-Israel history of Chuck Hagel is real,” he says. “We can’t have someone at the Pentagon who has made these kind of statements.”

Hagel’s financial-disclosure issues, he adds, are not central to why he’s working to postpone the nomination. “That doesn’t bother me,” he says. “To me, that’s minor.”


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 113th; bhosecdef; hagel; hagelsecdef; inhofe; senate

1 posted on 02/11/2013 12:27:12 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Good. Drag it out as long as possible.

Gives time to hammer the negative headlines again and again against Hagel meanwhile destroying Obama's credibility as well.

Obama will probably pull the nomination eventually.

2 posted on 02/11/2013 12:34:12 PM PST by what's up
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To: what's up

Whoo Hoo!

Proud of MY Senator!


3 posted on 02/11/2013 12:35:59 PM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: smoothsailing

Obama is anti-Isreal too. They choose people that reflect their views. Thank goodness some Republicans are starting to stand up to these people. Good for Lindsey Graham too. BO needs to be held accountable for his whereabouts and inaction during the Benghazi attack. It can’t just be forgotten. Not this time.


4 posted on 02/11/2013 12:39:26 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: ConservativeMan55

I’m very proud of OUR Senator.. :)


5 posted on 02/11/2013 1:03:34 PM PST by jag.drafting
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To: dandiegirl

Chuck Hagel is just a more awkward, less intelligent version of Obama. He believes the same things as Obama and Kerry et al., but he’s just dumb enough to say it in a blunt way that reveals how offensive he is.


6 posted on 02/11/2013 1:04:21 PM PST by Shadow44
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To: ConservativeMan55

You Oklahomans should be proud of Inhofe. He’s one of the few real patriot politicians left. It’s sad that the rest of the country doesn’t know about him. In the nineties when he, all by himself, challenged the ‘good old boys’ club in the house of reps by trying to rid it of the secret discharge petitions was one of the bravest things I’ve ever seen a legislator do.


7 posted on 02/11/2013 1:06:30 PM PST by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: what's up

Gives time to hammer the negative headlines again and again against Hagel meanwhile destroying Obama’s credibility as well.

I just don’t get how this is looking bad on Obama. Hagel whether we like it or not is a Republican. Republicans are keeping a Republican from position. I find it facinating hwo they are fighting to keep a Republican out of a position, but I have NEVER saw them fight a Democrat out of a position. Maybe I am missing something but I find this very facinating.


8 posted on 02/11/2013 1:09:42 PM PST by napscoordinator (/)
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To: smoothsailing

Good for Sen. Inhofe, may he delay it as long as possible.


9 posted on 02/11/2013 1:09:55 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jag.drafting
Oklahoma!
10 posted on 02/11/2013 1:10:25 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: napscoordinator

Goodness...horrible grammar. Sorry but hopefully you get the points.


11 posted on 02/11/2013 1:10:28 PM PST by napscoordinator (/)
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To: smoothsailing

Next, Menendez needs to be investigated..


12 posted on 02/11/2013 1:10:49 PM PST by cardinal4 (Constitution? What Constitution?)
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To: napscoordinator
Obama wants to use Hagel as a tool to decimate the military.

Hagel would be more effective than a Dem because Obama could claim "bi-partisanship" as these cuts were being made. Any issues the GOP would have against cuts would be ineffectual because it would be a Repub at the top carrying them out.

Hagel is the current Jim Jeffords.

13 posted on 02/11/2013 1:16:39 PM PST by what's up
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To: smoothsailing

McLoser opposes walkout

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/02/11/Hagel-Vote-Scheduled-Tuesday-McCain-Opposes-Walkout


14 posted on 02/11/2013 1:34:07 PM PST by dervish (either the vote was corrupt or the electorate is)
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To: napscoordinator
Hagel is a Republican in Name Only. And a turncoat. Like Jumpin Jim Jeffords.

He is clearly anti-Israel and pro Muzzie.

He sees the world through the same set of specks as Obozo.

He will not be missed in the GOP.

Yes, he is a turncoat and that is why he is getting harsher treatment.

Obozo’s compadres are Traitors.

15 posted on 02/11/2013 1:40:21 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: what's up
Hagel is the current Jim Jeffords.

You beat me.

16 posted on 02/11/2013 1:42:57 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: dervish
McLoser opposes walkout

So do I. So does Inhofe. It's childish. It's what Democrats do when they don't get their way, they stomp off like the petulant brats they are.

Inhofe's approach is the adult way to do it. You put a hold on the nomination. Let the Dems do the squirming.

17 posted on 02/11/2013 1:48:59 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing; SkyPilot
I heard Fox News contributor, Retired Lt. Bill Cowan/Gowan tell Imus that the one waiting in the wings after Hagel fails is MUCH WORSE.

Sky Pilot provided this information on the Sunday thread.

Is Chuck Hagel a stalking horse for Michele Flournoy for Secretary of Defense?

18 posted on 02/11/2013 2:02:31 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Shadow44

It’s obvious that Hagel doesn’t study or read up on a subject. He doesn’t consider all sides to a story. And he’s fairly lacking in any common sense.

Yes, he’s a talking suit.


19 posted on 02/11/2013 2:06:02 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: what's up

If Inhofe is saying it, rest assured they’ll vote Hagel in tomorrow. Inhofe will vote for him.


20 posted on 02/11/2013 2:19:13 PM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: AuntB

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.


21 posted on 02/11/2013 2:24:28 PM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: smoothsailing

“Inhofe says he will not block Hagel’s committee vote on Tuesday. Instead, he will now focus entirely on an extended floor fight over the final confirmation. “He’s 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


22 posted on 02/11/2013 2:27:21 PM PST by dervish (either the vote was corrupt or the electorate is)
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To: smoothsailing

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.


23 posted on 02/11/2013 2:28:24 PM PST by dervish (either the vote was corrupt or the electorate is)
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To: dervish
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?

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.

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.

Good day.

24 posted on 02/11/2013 2:53:35 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: onyx

Yikes. The first woman SecDef? Oh Whoopee.


25 posted on 02/11/2013 3:00:15 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Makes me proud he is MY Senator!


26 posted on 02/11/2013 3:28:27 PM PST by OKC Patriot ("Never Forget"!)
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To: smoothsailing

We’re going to get screwed, regardless.

I want the Marxist impeached over Benghazi, so dragging out the confirmations works for me!


27 posted on 02/11/2013 3:29:14 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: onyx

I’m with you, every day his agenda is stalled, blocked or reversed is a good day for liberty! :-)


28 posted on 02/11/2013 4:09:50 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: what's up

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.


29 posted on 02/11/2013 6:18:35 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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30 posted on 02/11/2013 6:25:00 PM PST by RedMDer (Support Free Republic)
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To: smoothsailing
Inhofe says he will not block Hagel’s committee vote on Tuesday. Instead, he will now focus entirely on an extended floor fight over the final confirmation.

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.

31 posted on 02/12/2013 8:10:26 AM PST by Magnum44 (.45 Caliber - because having to shoot twice is just silly)
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