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The unprecedented filibuster of the Hagel nomination says once and for all that Republicanism is killing us.

I'd hoped that maybe, just maybe, Republicans and Democrats could somehow, someway get together in Washington the next few years and do something besides push each other. That was pretty much ended today when the childish GOP filibustered the Chuck Hagel nomination.
Four Republicans broke from the pack and voted with Democrats for the nomination.

And if that isn't bad enough, Republicans have signaled they're willing to allow the nomination to proceed after recess, when only a simple majority of 51 votes is needed to stop the filibuster.

C'mon, children.

Several of the GOP senators who voted with their Republican buddies, including John McCain and Lindsay Graham, said they'd reverse their vote after recess.

But good God. This is a Cabinet appointment. What idiocy is there in Washington when a president can't nominate a Republican for a Cabinet post and he gets opposed by that party?

It's called Republicanism. And it gets stupider by the day.

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    •  These days - They're putting stupid ahead of both (2+ / 0-)
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      a2nite, buckstop

      This isn't even politics. It's more akin to senseless squabbling in a poorly run day-care center while the building is burning around them.

      With the toddlers all wearing nice suits.

    •  We need to call our GOP senators and let them (0+ / 0-)

      that their filibuster vote of former Sen Hagel was a slap in the face to veterans and military personnel.  Their vote has weakened the defense of America and lowered our esteem in the world.  Military families will not forget or forgive what the GOP has done to a great military veteran.  I called both of our Senators because I live in Georgia.  

      I also said that our family has served in the military beginning with the Revolutionary War.  My husband was a Captain during Vietnam, one of our sons was in the army during peacetime and other son was a marine during Desert Storm.  Our son-in-law served in the Air Force during Desert Storm.  Our nephew is still on active duty in the Navy and has been for 20 years.  Both of my brothers served in the Navy.  

      I noted that neither of our Senators served in the military.  i also brought up the fact that Senator Chambliss viciously destroyed Senator Max Cleland, who lost limbs on the battlefield during Vietnam, in order to win Cleland's seat.  Thus Chambliss has always disrespected the military.

  •  I hate all of them. (2+ / 0-)
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    Mark Mywurtz, a2nite
  •  Ah, who gives a shit about this one? (2+ / 0-)
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    Illinois IRV, OooSillyMe

    I sure don't.  If the republicans want to make themselves look like dumbassed, America-sabotaging asshats, who am I to complain?  It's not like I was tossing and turning at night caring if Hagel would be confirmed.  

    I've got outrage fatigue.  Yeah, I'm pissed that the Senate democrats blew their chance to fix the filibuster, but I'm not gonna waste a lot of my anger on a delay in getting Hagel.  

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 04:40:33 PM PST

    •  Yeah, but there's a bigger issue. (2+ / 0-)
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      Shrew in Shrewsbury, indie17

      Republicans have just been stupid for so long that we've grown to accept it and shrug our shoulders. I sincerely hope this move will wake a few more people up. I don't think it will, though. The Fox News lemmings will always be that.

    •  I beg to differ. (0+ / 0-)

      What the uninformed voter is told is that Democrats are in charge of the Senate.

      The guilt of 'not getting anything done' taints the Democrats as well.

      Congress' approval rating is already at its lowest.

      Don't count on the MSM to educate anyone.

      For those that do understand that the Republicans have just filibustered again, it makes the Democrats look weak, and they do indeed have to share a part of the blame (for not changing the filibuster rules).

      It's a waste of time and money.  Taxpayer money.

      And the Republicans are once again seen as the victors in obstructing Obama's power.

      An unprecedented filibuster of a cabinet nominee is also nothing to sneeze at.  What is going to happen with other nominees?

      And note that just today Boehner was stating that the Democrats in the Senate are the ones that need to provide a sequestration avoidance plan.  You see, the propaganda here is planned.

      When the Democrats can't get their new plan through the Senate, it will be the Democrats' fault, not the Repubicans that are filibustering it.

  •  Agreed nt (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Yes, we have to show our digust with all (1+ / 0-)
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    their blockage of governing.  It effects the economy here and our view to the rest of the world.  We can't as a country get anything done.  Have you noticed the media isn't using the term "both sides do it" anymore.  The Senate now looks and acts like the House.  

    Do not adjust your mind, there is a flaw in reality.

    by Shrew in Shrewsbury on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 05:14:11 PM PST

  •  So let's focus on 2014! (4+ / 0-)
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    madasheck, Illinois IRV, buckstop, freerad

    God, we should be focusing on voter registration and firing up the troops to defeat Republicans in 2014.  Isn't Daily Kos founded on the need to elect Democrats?

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