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1) McCain wants Hagel to confess: McCain rules, Hagel drools.
2) As a corollary, signing on to The Surge was the single towering achievement of McCain's career - according to McCain.
3) To be in the Republican mainstream, one must swear fealty to Israel that supersedes loyalty to New York or New Jersey, revere our nuclear arsenal as sacrosanct, and forswear diplomacy entirely.
4) Unlike Hagel, Calgary Cruz IS Senator of Israel.
5) Republicans are really, truly obsessed with Israel.
6) Saxby Chambliss is a RINO?
7) Israel, Israel, Israel. Israel? ISRAEL!

Much of the commentary about Hagel's performance has centered on his perceived unpreparedness or lackluster performance. In my view, he played a rope-a-dope strategy that succeeded in demonstrating just how far off the rails this chicken hawk wing of the GOP really is, and how they must never be trusted to run our foreign policy. Anyways, we all know damn well that these hearings are pure theater that will hardly influence a single vote, no matter how commanding the defendant's performance.

Also, McCain is an asshole.

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  •  McCain... Poster boy for retirement age in (9+ / 0-)

    congress.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 03:11:26 AM PST

  •  Israel is the "Promised Land" (4+ / 0-)
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    roseeriter, a2nite, Tinfoil Hat, semiot

    It may just be the straw that people who have no sense of place or time or distance cling to as a substitute. The promised land makes them feel secure in a world that is otherwise totally confusing.
    I suspect that it's because it responds to this sense of insecurity that has made GPS such an instant hit. People who couldn't read a map to save themselves, are suddenly being told where to go by an electronic voice. What a comfort!
    To the extent that Hagel is a self-directed person, he's a threat to the insecure. A person who knows where he's going shows up the lost.
    What do you think John McCain would give to be Secretary of State?

    The antithesis of "gilt by association" may well be "gilt by the dis." Think of how important it makes someone feel to dismiss the qualifications of a President or a potential Secretary of State.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 03:17:38 AM PST

    •  Perhaps they should (1+ / 0-)
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      Pinto Pony

      move to the promised land?

      ~War is Peace~Freedom is Slavery~Ignorance is Strength~ George Orwell "1984"

      by Kristina40 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 04:28:01 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Most of them probably wouldn't be able to (4+ / 0-)
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        a2nite, Tinfoil Hat, semiot, Minnesota Deb

        find it on a map. It's an idea for people for whom the idea is all that counts. That's why they consider themselves idealists. They take the idea for the act. The idea is their reality.
        There's actually a place called Promised Land in Pennsylvania. I drive by signs for it all the time.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/...

        Wikipedia says it's ironically named. I like to drive through that part of the country along interstate 84 and 81 because when the route was first laid out, it went through coal country and the depleted land was newly planted with fast growing trees to restore the area. It's been quite successful in the sense of visual restoration. The people of the historic mining area aren't doing as well. Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden are both originally from Scranton, Pa.  As one drives through the region one is led to wonder what they'd do, if they didn't have an annual infusion of dollars to rebuild the roads that begin to crumble before one building project is done. Knowing that Germany manages to build roads in somewhat similar terrain where frost also has to be taken into account, but their roads last 40 years while ours hardly last one is really depressing. Surely the people of the Pennsylvania coal country could be employed doing something more satisfying than constantly rebuilding roads and serving as prison guards, another growth industry.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 04:48:42 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  I liked bill moyer's reference to Israel as (0+ / 0-)

          The much too promised land...

          Hagel may be the best we can expect, but I'm still disappointed Obama didn't nominate a democrat.

          A standing army is like a standing member. It's an excellent assurance of domestic tranquility, but a dangerous temptation to foreign adventure. Elbridge Gerry - Constitutional Convention (1787)

          by No Exit on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 08:52:02 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Didn't Hagel, in the midst of McCain's POTUS run (4+ / 0-)
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    OleHippieChick, Pinto Pony, a2nite, exlrrp

    announce that he wouldn't support McCain/Palin? McCain is such a grudger and Lindsey his lapdog...

    "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones." "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

    by roseeriter on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 03:28:33 AM PST

  •  Lol! (1+ / 0-)
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    WattleBreakfast

    Thanks for the laugh and the courage to say it as it is.

    "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

    by zenox on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 03:29:23 AM PST

  •  Didn't think he was unprepared at all (7+ / 0-)

    You can't answer "when did you stop beating your wife?"

    By remaining low key, by never losing his temper, he made McCain and Graham show their real colors. Could you imagine McCain as president?

    This is the last flaming embers of the neocons. Obama's second term foreign policy will be even more based on negotiation than bombs than currently.

  •  This is like oral arguments at the Supreme Court (3+ / 0-)
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    nogo postal, exlrrp, No Exit

    as you say, it makes no difference to whether Hagel will be confirmed. Virtually every senator knew how they were going to vote and this nonsense didn't change a single one of those votes.

    "I smoke. If this bothers anyone, I suggest you look around at the world in which we live and shut your fuckin' mouth." --- Bill Hicks

    by voroki on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 03:56:21 AM PST

  •  Does McCain actually think he scored (7+ / 0-)

    points? I'm here to tell him that even Republicans must have been squirming because the whole clown show was embarrassing. Graham came off as a jilted lover and Ayotte needs to go to college or something. These people are way out of their depth. Totally incompetent and it shows.

    And we're paying for this never ending clustermuck. I want a refund.

  •  McCain IS an expert on horrible judgment (7+ / 0-)

    One of the loudest drumbeaters on the Iraq war, insisting that we would be welcomed as liberators, and that it would be short and easy. Inflicted Sarah Palin on the world, picking her to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency (and probably losing himself the election with the choice, as much of America looked at the decision and asked "ARE YOU INSANE???". Has gone on to recommend we become militarily involved in every revolution/uprising since, and that we should send arms to each group of rebels. Insisted that we should STILL be at war in Iraq, with no DNC in sight.

    Finally, actually previously insisted that Hagel would make an excellent SoD, but now insists he's worthless lying scum. I could go on the rest of the morning, but the point is that McCain has destroyed his credibility and his legacy, and will be judged very harshly by history for his deeds the last 5 years - except in AZ, where his madness makes him a hero.

    Oh yes - and OLD MAN YELLS AT CLOUD!!

    New Arizona State Motto; "Yeah, but it's a dry hate!"

    by Fordmandalay on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 05:31:25 AM PST

  •  What I learned: Hell hath no greater fury . . . (5+ / 0-)

    than a John McCain scorned.

    2000: Chuck Hagel is John McCain's Presidential campaign co-chair.

    2013: I'll teach you to pal around with "that one".

    David Koch, a teacher and a Tea Partier sit down a table with a plate of a dozen cookies. Koch quickly stuffs 11 cookies in his pockets, leans to the bagger and says "watch out, the union thug will try to steal your cookie".

    by Dave in AZ on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 05:37:35 AM PST

  •  McCain is still pissed he lost to PBO. And he (2+ / 0-)
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    denig, ahumbleopinion

    wants some national acknowledment that he was right on something...anything...

    Fear is the Mind Killer...

    by boophus on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 06:21:52 AM PST

  •  McCain? Whaaat? (0+ / 0-)

    I once had a certain amount of respect for John McCain, but as he's proven over and over again since the first time he ran for president, he's outlived his usefulness in the Senate.  It's time for him to retire!!  His badgering of Chuck Hagel was horrible!  How many times can one person say no?

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