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GOP Aide: Hagel Might Not Have Enough Republican Votes to Beat Filibuster
National Review ^ | 02/13/2013 | Andrew Stiles

Posted on 02/12/2013 7:15:16 AM PST by SeekAndFind

The Senate Armed Services Committee will vote Tuesday on Chuck Hagel’s nomination for secretary of defense, committee chairman Carl Levin (D., Mich.) announced today.

Reports suggest Levin has grown tired of requests for details about the various groups Hagel spoken for and received compensation from, as well as GOP threats to filibuster the nomination until more information is disclosed about the September 11 attacks in Benghazi and the administration’s response. One Republican aide said Levin’s decision to rush through a committee vote was an effort to “snuff the momentum” building in opposition to the Hagel’s nomination.

Levin had originally scheduled a committee vote for last Thursday, but he abruptly cancelled it amid speculation of increasing Democratic hesitancy about Hagel’s nomination, as well as mounting criticism from Republicans over Hagel’s refusal to comply with transparency requests.

If and when the committee approves Hagel’s nomination, the full Senate could vote as early as Thursday. The question then becomes whether or not Republicans will, by filibustering, require a 60-vote threshold for confirmation. Senators Jim Inhofe (R., Okla.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) have openly threatened to do so, and several others have hinted at the possibility.

Democrats would need at least five Republican votes to end a filibuster, a goal that has started to appear increasingly difficult to achieve. “Last week, I was pretty confident that, despite [Hagel’s] horrible showing at the confirmation hearing, he would still probably get to 60 votes,” a GOP Senate aide told National Review Online. “But I think his hiding the ball on [disclosing past associations] is going to hurt his ability get those five Republican votes.”

Hagel supporters have charged that filibustering a cabinet nominee would be unprecedented, but that simply is not true. In 2006, for example, Democrats filibustered the nomination of Dirk Kempthorne, President George W. Bush’s choice for secretary of the interior.

There is nothing Republicans can do to prevent Hagel’s nomination from passing out of the committee, which Democrats control. However, Senate sources confirm that several GOP members of the committee are mulling a walkout of Tuesday’s vote in protest, although Senator John McCain (R., Ariz.) has argued against the idea, calling it “disrespectful to Chairman Levin and at odds with the best traditions of the Senate Armed Services Committee.”

McCain said in a statement Monday that while he shared many of his colleagues’ concerns about Hagel’s nomination, Levin’s decision to hold the vote was “appropriate.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: defense; filibuster; hagel

1 posted on 02/12/2013 7:15:24 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Why are the republicans being such party poopers? I’m sure Hagel can fog a mirror as well as the next guy...


2 posted on 02/12/2013 7:22:39 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SeekAndFind
So McCain said that walking out on the committee would be “disrespectful to Chairman Levin.

So freaking what!!!

3 posted on 02/12/2013 7:23:33 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Keep the POS out.

They want to use him as a prop to show bipartisanship (retching) and be able to say that the GOP was part of any disaster that might ensue from gutting the military.

FUBO & FAD


4 posted on 02/12/2013 7:31:36 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: SeekAndFind

89-10.


5 posted on 02/12/2013 7:36:00 AM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I am opposed to Hagel’s nomination, but I am also opposed to filibustering cabinet nominees. The constitution does not require a super majority on "advise and consent", except for treaties, in fact, Mark Levin pointed this out in 2005 regarding the nomination of Alito. Although I do know that the Dems do it so I guess turnabout is fair play. It is not a good precedent.
6 posted on 02/12/2013 7:36:19 AM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: Jim Noble

Only two GOPers are on record in support of Hagel (Johannes and Cochran). Fischer is undecided.


7 posted on 02/12/2013 7:38:13 AM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good old McCain always reaching out to “his friends on the other side of the aisle”


8 posted on 02/12/2013 7:48:58 AM PST by italianquaker
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To: Perdogg
Although I do know that the Dems do it so I guess turnabout is fair play.

I hear you, but we are dealing with a political party which shows NO respect for the rule of ANY law.

But don't worry because after the SOTU tonight, Reid will enter the Senate chamber tomorrow and announce his rules changes to abolish these types of filibusters allowing Hagel AND Bennett to be nominated.
9 posted on 02/12/2013 8:02:03 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: Eagle of Liberty

I thought Senate rules could not be changed once in session.


10 posted on 02/12/2013 8:03:58 AM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: Perdogg
I thought Senate rules could not be changed once in session.

The "first day" has never been adjourned yet.

legislative day

legislative day - A "day" that starts when the Senate meets after an adjournment and ends when the Senate next adjourns. Hence, a legislative day may extend over several calendar days or even weeks and months.
11 posted on 02/12/2013 8:12:31 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: Perdogg

When the dems blocked Dirk Kempthorne, they set the precedent. A precedent can only be set once. This one is property of dems.

I’m for our side to do whatever is necessary to block Hagel and the undercover mooselimb up for CIA. Both are being pushed by nobama to hurt America.


12 posted on 02/12/2013 8:26:56 AM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hagel had best not have ANY GOP votes. NONE!!


13 posted on 02/12/2013 8:36:52 AM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

McCain needs to be sent to a retirement home. Yesterday.


14 posted on 02/12/2013 8:37:39 AM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Senator John McCain (R., Ariz.) has argued against the idea, calling it “disrespectful to Chairman Levin and at odds with the best traditions of the Senate Armed Services Committee.”

And, in a nutshell, you have what is wrong with John McCain. Who gives a DAMN what is disrespectful to Carl Levin?

15 posted on 02/12/2013 8:41:37 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind
In 2006, for example, Democrats filibustered the nomination of Dirk Kempthorne, President George W. Bush’s choice for secretary of the interior.

Yeah, but only 8 of them voted against the cloture motion. My guess is that the Pubbies will fold like a cheap suit like they always do.

16 posted on 02/12/2013 8:42:31 AM PST by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: Howie66

He will get at least two, Cochran and Johannes, maybe Fischer.


17 posted on 02/12/2013 8:48:48 AM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: Howie66

Yep.


18 posted on 02/12/2013 8:53:59 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: Perdogg

Bet my tally is closer than yours.


19 posted on 02/12/2013 9:14:09 AM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Eagle of Liberty

Brennan


20 posted on 02/12/2013 9:24:22 AM PST by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear..."(Glenn Beck))
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To: SeekAndFind

“Not enough” republican votes suggests that they have some republican votes.

Typical. And the usual last-minute cavers will provide the balance.


21 posted on 02/12/2013 9:30:42 AM PST by DPMD
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To: italianquaker

Figures McLame would be more worried about bruising Carl Levin’s feelings than the fate of our National Defense (and the entire nation of Israel).


22 posted on 02/12/2013 9:31:55 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: DPMD

FOR THE THIRD TIME, only two GOPers will vote for Hagel, Johanns and Cochran, Fischer is now on record as being against Hagel.


23 posted on 02/12/2013 9:35:53 AM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: Perdogg

“Although I do know that the Dems do it so I guess turnabout is fair play. It is not a good precedent. “

My friend, you have just explained why the RINOs are a worthless lot! Turnabout is fair play. This notion that as Republicans “we” must adhere to the Marquis of Queensbury Rules while the RATs do whatever suits moving their agenda, is pure BS. The Republicans NEVER work to consolidate their gains, leaving themselves open to being Effed out of their chairs at the earliest point in time. the RATS have made government a blood sport. Time the Republicans returned the favor. The only way it will ever change is when the RATs are made to realize that they will get what they give, every time.


24 posted on 02/12/2013 9:47:36 AM PST by vette6387
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To: vette6387

Are you calling me a RINO? It is hard to have some one like Mark Levin go on the air and say that there is no constitutional requirement for a super majority in the advise and consent role, then using it.

I am not againt playing hardball, but don’t complain about it in the future.


25 posted on 02/12/2013 10:49:25 AM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: txrangerette

oops....thanks for the correction!


26 posted on 02/12/2013 11:11:23 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: Perdogg

“Are you calling me a RINO?”

NO, read what I wrote! I said you were describing how the GOP operates! They are ball-less wimps who don’t have the intestinal fortitude to give back in spades what the RATs give them. They never make it painful for the RATs when they control anything. So the RATs assume that there will never be any payback for the stuff they pull when they are in the majority. They are like pledges at a fraternity hazing. “Thank you, may I have another!”


27 posted on 02/12/2013 11:12:21 AM PST by vette6387
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To: Perdogg

Okay, you’re on record.


28 posted on 02/13/2013 9:29:47 AM PST by DPMD
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