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U.S. Republican Senators John McCain (L) and Lindsey Graham talk during the Fiscal Responsibility Summit at the White House in Washington February 23, 2009.       REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque   (UNITED STATES)
John McCain and his best buddy, Lindsey Graham
Last week, Sen. John McCain was all elder statesman, respecting the president's prerogative in making nominations and the Senate's role in providing advice and consent on those nominations. Blocking a cabinet nomination, McCain suggested, is just not done.
“I just do not believe a filibuster is appropriate, and I would oppose such a move,” Mr. McCain, a key Republican on military issues, told reporters, adding that he would press his colleagues on the matter.
So much for pressing his colleagues on the matter. In fact, so much for McCain's principled stand.
After saying just days ago that Senate Republicans shouldn’t filibuster Hagel’s nod, McCain now says he hasn’t made up his mind about whether he would vote to end debate and allow a floor vote on the former Nebraska senator’s confirmation. [...]

“I am awaiting the answer to see whether they are going to answer or not, then I will decide,” McCain said.

McCain appears to be aligning himself with his closest Senate friend, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has been demanding more information on Benghazi before a final Hagel confirmation vote.

So he's providing cover for his bestest buddy, who's only conducting this prolonged hissy fit because Benghazi is catnip to the teabaggers and he's trying to keep them from giving him a primary challenge in 2014. That's more important to John McCain, the lead negotiator in the filibuster "reform" plan cooked up to supposedly preserve the Senate as an institution, than doing his job.

Which proves, yet again, what a farce the Republicans created with their filibuster agreement, and why Harry Reid needs to reconsider. Please sign our petition urging Harry Reid to re-open the process of filibuster reform in the Senate.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 09:36 AM PST.

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  •  Old Boat Anchors make the most... (10+ / 0-)

    ...noise when flipping and flopping!

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 09:44:15 AM PST

    •  McGrouchy becomes an Old Hagelian (4+ / 0-)
      The Young Hegelians were an intellectual group whose common theme was the ongoing application of Hegel's dialectical method rather than acceptance of Hegel's philosophical conclusions. This materialized in radical critiques of religion, the most known of which are David Strauss' Das Leben Jesu (The life of Jesus) and Ludwig Feuerbach's Das Wesen des Christentums (The Essence of Christianity).

      Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ "We're like a strip club with a million bouncers and no strippers." (HBO's Real Time, January 18, 2013)

      by annieli on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 10:28:53 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Why did that photo make me think Boston Legal? (1+ / 0-)
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    Grumpy McCaine would be a good Danny Crane.

  •  offer SecDef to McCain... (1+ / 0-)
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    OleHippieChick

    ..."in the spirit of bipartisanship", of course. When he refuses this plum job-and he will--because he is still bitter about his 2008 shellacing, it will expose him for what he is, a bitter old man who's a sore loser. He cares about as much about "preserving the Senate as an institution" as he did about Katrina victims, when in August, 2005 he was with "his other bestest buddy" Bush celebrating his birthday.

    "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way." John Paul Jones

    by ImpeachKingBushII on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 10:04:00 AM PST

  •  why wouldn't he? (5+ / 0-)

    it's not like he has to lift a finger to filibuster (thanks harry reid!)

  •  Graham, McCain and Ayotte... (5+ / 0-)

    And "no," the question isn't "name three people who have never been in my kitchen."

    This turdly trio are demanding requesting that President Obama answer the following question in order to proceed with Hagel's (and presumably Brennan's) confirmation:

    During the eight hours the U.S. mission was under attack, did you personally speak with any officials of the Libyan government to request assistance for our American personnel?
    Nothing to do with Hagel or Brennan, of course, and really just a feeble attack against the President with the added "catnip" of a sideways slam against Clinton who, as SoS, was doing her job to manage communications with the Libyan gov't and keep the WH informed.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 10:11:38 AM PST

    •  Ayotte (3+ / 0-)
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      has quickly become as annoying to me as Lieberman. Well, not quite, since he was a turncoat. But she's still irritating.

      And no, this has nothing to do with Hagel. Just has the filibuster of Cordray has nothing to do with Cordray.

      "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

      by Joan McCarter on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 11:17:03 AM PST

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  •  I hope they filibuster for three reasons (7+ / 0-)

    1.  Just to show Reid and his cohorts who thought now was the time to keep their powder dry, get just desserts.  Serves them right to be made to look the fool once more for playing Charlie Brown.

    2.   President Obama may finally learn that if you are going to fight for someone, maybe just maybe, it should be a Democrat and someone loyal to you.  Way to many times has this admin gone to declined to go to bat for their core supporters (Susan Rice, Tom Daschle), but held their ground for Republicans (Geithner, Hagel)

    3.  Democrats need to be the face of the Military when Democrats are in office.  You don't move public beliefs by reinforcing false stereotypes.  If they were foolish enough to let this happen, at least there is a positive outcome.

    "Small Businesses Don't Build Levees" - Melissa Harris Perry

    by justmy2 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 10:38:43 AM PST

    •  Yes, 3 possible results from a Hagel filibuster (5+ / 0-)

      ... and any of them would be good for us.

      Possibility 1: The filibuster works and it forces the president to nominate a Democrat for SecDef.

      Possibility 2: The Senate Dems "wake the fuck up" (h/t Samuel L. Jackson) and nuke the filibuster once and for all.

      Possibility 3: Faced with the threat of the filibuster being nuked, Graham and McCain back off and slinker away, humiliated, with their tails between their legs.

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      by MJB on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 11:02:12 AM PST

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      •  The Republicans are not going to let go (0+ / 0-)

        of Benghazi and will use it to justify filibustering anybody until they get the answers they want (whatever the hell they are- and maybe not even then).  Whether Obama's nominee for SecDef is a Republican or Democrat matters not to them.  Nuking the filibuster is not going to happen either.  If we do it, they'll do it to us when they get back in charge.  Not sure that that is a good strategy.  The likely outcome is that Republicans are going to cave at some point and allow an up-or-down vote on Hagel b/c the optics of making the Defense Secretary post remain unfilled for a long period of time are going to be horrible for Republicans-and President Obama will make sure the optics are bad for them.

    •  Tim Geithner is (0+ / 0-)

      an independent, not a republican.

      And what do you know about Hagel's loyalty tpwards Obama?

      •  welll (0+ / 0-)

        1.  Geithner is registered as independent, but was former Republican...basically like Hagel at this point.  He is still essentially Republican.

        2.  I know Hagel didn't endorse the President in either election.   Pretty sure Susan Rice took hit after hit for the President and was one oh biggest surrogates in 2008.  Are you trying to imply the Hagel has been more loyal to Obama than Susan Rice?  Or even Tom Daschle for that matter?

        Hagel's wife endorsed, but Hagel didn't have the political guts to endorse, and yet he is rewarded.  Doesn't make sense to me...

        "Small Businesses Don't Build Levees" - Melissa Harris Perry

        by justmy2 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:07:09 PM PST

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        •  In 08 (0+ / 0-)

          I don't think it was a matter of political guts. I think it was out of loyalty to McCain, a very well "rewarded" loyalty I must add.

          As for Rice... I don't know... there was AFAIK never any official confirmation that she was going to be the nominee, was there?

          •  I think the fact that she went to the Senate (0+ / 0-)

            to do the rounds was basically confirmation that she was first choice.  It was only after that day that the rumors of Kerry came out.

            She was the choice, and the three amigos used Benghazi to trash her.  She fell on her sword, but was less deferential than Hagel was (which btw I think was somewhat due to to how Rs reacted to Rice).  And the President decided he didn't want the fight.

            Well guess what he got.  The fight.  And now, it is for the White Male republican who people could care less about outside of the WH, vs what would have been Republicans threatening to filibuster an African American female at the very moment the were trying to reach out.

            It was a poor strategic decision, or worse, the WH was manipulated.  Now was the exact time to put on a show about Republican obstruction.

            But hey, that is my opinion.

            "Small Businesses Don't Build Levees" - Melissa Harris Perry

            by justmy2 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 01:13:08 PM PST

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  •  McCain doesn't have Lieberman whispering sweet (2+ / 0-)
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    nothings in his right ear these days.  So when Lindsey tells him to do something, it sails on through with nothing but cobwebs to stop it before it exits, stage left.

  •  It sounds like they don't have the votes (1+ / 0-)
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    to filibuster and are trying to twist arms.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 11:00:24 AM PST

  •  John McCain is a coward. (1+ / 0-)
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    spritegeezer

    Yeah, he spent five years as a POW...that was 40 years ago.  Now he's just a bitter old coward.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 11:02:21 AM PST

  •  McCain and Graham are just doing what they do. (2+ / 0-)

    I blame Harry Reid.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 11:10:54 AM PST

  •  Narcissistic individuals use various strategies to (1+ / 0-)
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    protect the self at the expense of others. They tend to devalue, derogate and blame others, and they respond to threatening feedback with anger and hostility."

                        Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi

                             McCain McCain McCain

  •  Yes, but... (1+ / 0-)
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    “I am awaiting the answer to see whether they are going to answer or not, then I will decide,” McCain said.
    "The answer" he's awaiting is not to the question of whether or not to filibuster. It's to another question of what will be conceded to him in order to garner his support. What's in it for him?

    I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

    by Gentle Giant on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 11:12:11 AM PST

  •  I can't help but think that it is time to (0+ / 0-)

    Have someone check McCain for mental competence. Seriously. He used to at least think before he spoke and now all this man seems to do  is vomit hatred. This is what he has sunk to and its a sad thing to add onto an already tarnished legacy. Go home John. Stay there. I really hate watching a man I used to consider reasonable deteriorate into what you are becoming. Go home and stay there.

    Give blood. Play hockey.

    by flycaster on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 11:14:26 AM PST

  •  What else do you expect (0+ / 0-)

    from the man who was a maverick before he denied ever being a maverick?  Just because he can't remember what his position was last week doesn't mean that we don't.

    A persons word used to be their contract, now people use contracts to get out of keeping their word.

    by bitpyr8 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 11:15:00 AM PST

  •  What a schmuck of a hero... (0+ / 0-)

    ...he turned out to be!

    Buy Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand, and tear Ayn and the GOP new orifices. ALL ROYALTIES BETWEEN NOW AND MARCH 1, DONATED TO THIS SITE, DAILYKOS!! @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 11:15:14 AM PST

  •  It's time for the Senate Democrats (3+ / 0-)

    to start holding hearings on what lapses in security happened to allow a memo stating "Bin Laden Determined To Strike in the US" to be ignored, and subsequently thousands of Americans died.

    Then hearings should be held on why the previous administration lied about weapons of mass destruction.

    If the Senate is going to hold hearings, let them be about something that really needs to be answered, and had far greater loss of American lives.  

    Before you speak, ask yourself: Is it kind, is it true, is it necessary. Does it improve the silence. (Courtesy Kos)

    by Scioto on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 11:21:09 AM PST

  •  Media treatment of McCain is a disgrace (0+ / 0-)

    It is just absurd that the media affords McCain so much time.  He has turned from what I thought (15 years ago) was a principled Republican, to nothing more than a hack politician who stands for nothing except making life miserable for people he dislikes.  His "dislikes" list could anyone - except his pal Lindsey on any given day.

    Bearing in mind his never-ending flip-flops, the media should recognize he is basically irrelevant.  The right wingers ignore him whenever it suits their purposes and despite his perceived influence, he's really a pretty impotent old man.

  •  i'm not signing any more petitions (0+ / 0-)

    A lot of good it has done so far. I doubt Reid even sees them, much less gives a crap what we think.

  •  Graham is afraid the rumors will come back (0+ / 0-)

    out of the closet in 2014 so he has to be a Macho Man on defense.

  •  Caption: (0+ / 0-)

    McCain:"I think Don Knotts think should play you in our buddy movie."

    Graham: "Perfect. As long as were talking deceased how about Walter Brennan for you?"

    "Fascism is attracting the dregs of humanity- people with a slovenly biography - sadists, mental freaks, traitors." - ILYA EHRENBURG

    by durrati on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 11:33:34 AM PST

  •  Thanks for Nothing Yet Again (0+ / 0-)

    "McCain now says he hasn’t made up his mind about whether he would vote to end debate and allow a floor vote on the former Nebraska senator’s confirmation."

    Yet again -- and for likely many more times -- thanks for nothing, Harry Reid.  I must admit that I wish you would take Oliver Cromwell's advice and just go.

  •  McCain flip flop (0+ / 0-)

    John should be showing less love for Lindsey when Lindsey is trying to dispel his "too gay for South Carolina" reputation.

  •  Graham's mental issues (0+ / 0-)

    What would cause the elder statesman McCain to flip flop on a matter of integrity for a Senator? Rushing to protect Lindsey Graham at a time of psychosis! Lindsey is prone to these episodes of at times of stress. Lets make sure he is kept away from guns when is enveloped in the Chris Dorner type of psychosis evidenced by his delusions of grandeur. I know you need some delusions when you are so devoid of substantial relevance in the Senate but this is ridiculous. Please get him appropriate care, John.

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