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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)
These guys? Again?
Another day, another hold on another nominee because reasons:
A trio of Republican senators will delay the nomination of John Brennan to be head of the CIA if they don’t receive an answer from the White House about who changed talking points in the days after the attacks on the consulate in Benghazi.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said he, along with Sens. John McCain and Kelly Ayotte, are determined to receive an answer.

Oh, Lord. Yeah, here's the thing with that. We know who "changed the talking points." It was the CIA. We know when, and we know why, and we knew it all two freaking months ago. John McCain in particular would know these things if he bothered to show up for the meetings instead of just holding press conferences about how there haven't been any meetings.

Short version of every story: The current set of Republicans is blocking everything, all the time, and whether or not their supposed reason for doing it makes any sense whatsoever is of concern to exactly none of them. If they don't like a government function they'll just keep it from being staffed entirely; if they do like it, they'll let it get staffed but only after making a camera-friendly stink about whatever the latest conspiracy theory is. And there's always a conspiracy theory.

This is beginning to feel more like the Clinton years. For you youngsters, that was the period of time when Every Single Nutcase With A Theory was treated as fodder for serious inquiry by Republicans, pushed in all (well, not really) earnestness to the press, and that same press ate it up because, I don't know, leprosy. Imagine Darrell Issa, except, like, 50 of him.

All theater, no plot.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I guess when no blue dress appears to aid you (17+ / 0-)

    in your pillorying, you go with what you've got, no matter how insignificant or absurd.
    I am so sick of how these clowns operate.  Bitter Johnny needs to go enjoy a bitter retirement.

    "On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps...of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again."

    by middleagedhousewife on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 04:49:58 PM PST

  •  Maybe the Republicans will overplay their hand (9+ / 0-)

    on these holds and filibusters? Maybe enough people will be pissed there is nobody in charge at the place that watches al Qaeda or the place that sends troops to fight them. Maybe we'll get filibuster reform because the Republicans are abusing it.

    Oh, and maybe I'll get a unicorn. With wings.

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 04:50:04 PM PST

  •  What really burns Republicans up (16+ / 0-)

    is that Obama has better "family values" than they do.

    They would love to go after him personally like they did with Bill Clinton but Obama gives them absolutely nothing to go after.

    So they have tantrums.

    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

    by FishOutofWater on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 04:50:11 PM PST

  •  OT - but NOT ONLY does Sen Warren roar, (5+ / 0-)

    she bites.

    Regulators chasing 'highly suspicious options trading activity' that may have earned traders $1.7m over Buffett's Heinz deal
    -- and they know it.

    There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.--@Hugh * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 04:50:56 PM PST

  •  It's too bad these rethugs don't have... (7+ / 0-)

    anything else to do in the Senate like help put people back to work, fight poverty, lessen income inequality... oh wait a minute...

    "Really nice, but also very serious about his job." Jackie Evancho on President Obama 6/7/12

    by BarackStarObama on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 04:52:31 PM PST

  •  WRONG: no plot = no theatre. (0+ / 0-)

    No cast worth watching. No plot at all. No suspense. No new learnings. Nothing to see here, literally.

    Therefore, no theatre.

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 04:53:38 PM PST

  •  republicans are worthless. Why be one? (2+ / 0-)
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    Tamar, Mark Mywurtz
  •  If only Harry hadn't misplaced his balls. (5+ / 0-)
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    Noamjunior, mkoz, kwt3200, niemann, Black Max

    And all those Senators who voted against filibuster reform should be pilloried in the court of public opinion.

    The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

    by Words In Action on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 04:58:11 PM PST

  •  Here's what I can't understand... (13+ / 0-)

    Why isn't anyone in the MSM stating the obvious that republicans WILL get rid of the filibuster if they gain the majority in 2014??? For the life of me I just don't get it. The republicans are doing this because they know they won't have to worry about it happening to them. They won't allow it. Ed, Rachel, Al, Lawrence, Tweety should all be screaming this at the top of their lungs. There would be nothing to stop them from getting rid of it. NOTHING!!!

    This country will not be a permanently good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a reasonably good place for all of us to live in-T. Roosevelt

    by DoctorRobert on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 04:58:24 PM PST

  •  Thanks Again Harry Reid.. Have you resigned as ML (4+ / 0-)
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    Noamjunior, aseth, kwt3200, niemann

    Yet?

    Wait, you may not have to, it's called Majority Leader, and you have shown the lack of.. intestinal fortitude.. to have that title.  

  •  You just wait (3+ / 0-)
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    aseth, kwt3200, niemann

    until the GOP is in the majority again. The Dems. will do the same thing to them. Just like when Bush was president. Oh wait. That's not how they roll. Over that is.

  •  I am very angry (9+ / 0-)

    My Jr. Senator, Jeff Merkley, tried to get real reform and was shot down. I guess there weren't enough votes to get 51 for filibuster reform. So 58 doesn't get you to end debate, no vote, no secretary of defense, no CIA director.

    Maybe there is no more democracy.

  •  These scum have no country. (1+ / 0-)
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    Mark Mywurtz

    Pour yourself into the future.

    by Troubadour on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:01:19 PM PST

    •  Course they do: Thuglistan. Party over country si (2+ / 0-)
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      nce 2009. (And for so, long, long before that).

      •  Timeline: (3+ / 0-)
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        chrismorgan, snazzzybird, Black Max

        2001-2005: So much as questioning His Almighty Royal Highness of the World George W. Bush = treasonous complicity with al Qaeda because "Presidents" are sacred, divine beings who cannot be wrong.

        2009-present: Barack Obama is wrong.  Don't even need to know the subject - he's wrong, and he's to blame.  If he says the sky is blue, it's orange.  If he says 1 + 1 = 2, the correct answer is everything other than 2.  If he nominates a Republican who the GOP had put on the Senate Select Intelligence Committee to be SecDef, he suddenly becomes dangerously incompetent and unworthy of a foreign policy position.  All of America must be punished for electing him twice.

        Pour yourself into the future.

        by Troubadour on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 07:05:33 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  they can hold up Brennan forever in my view (5+ / 0-)
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    tb mare, jasan, PorridgeGun, raboof, Rex Saxi

    As an dyed-in-the-wool pinko liberal i'm happy to see "torture and drone them all" Brennan held up; if only for some nervous questioning.   if the republicans accidentally do good work, then i say don't stand in their way.

  •  What bothers me more about our system is (7+ / 0-)

    not just their obstructionism, but the fact that the average citizen's phone calls, emails, online petitioning, etc. gets nowhere near these motherfuckers. This creates an enormous sense of impotence among us citizenry.

    Who out there, with me, wouldn't like to tell these shitasses
    in their faces, that they were savagely and worthlessly
    full of shit!

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:02:22 PM PST

  •  Thank you for acknowledging this. (1+ / 0-)
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    Tamar
    All theater, no plot.
     I have said it in many a diary.

    An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

    by don mikulecky on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:02:26 PM PST

  •  It's obvious (4+ / 0-)
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    rantsposition, PorridgeGun, ferg, kwt3200

    once we caved in on filibuster reform, they perceived weakness and pounced. Thanks oh August and Esteemed Senators, you can be truly proud of the havoc you have wrought. It's officially a House of Little Lord and Lordess  Fauntleroys.

  •  Give credit where it's due. The 3 stooges couldn't (2+ / 0-)
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    jasan, kwt3200

    have done it without Harry Reid.

    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:03:28 PM PST

  •  it's all about getting revenge for nixon & (2+ / 0-)
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    CTMET, snazzzybird

    watergate. they still haven't forgotten that one & they never will. that's why they went after bc like they did & i'm sure they would've done the same to carter, too, only he saved them the trouble & did all the work for them :(

    remember the hidden video of mitt romney's fund raiser when he said he needed an iran hostage-style "issue" he could turn into an embarrassment of the administration, & how he'd use that to win the election? the benghazi thing was supposed to be that golden opportunity, only it wasn't & now the dynamic-duo-that-never-lets-a-grudge-go (mccain & graham) want revenge on obama b/c he won re-election & they think benghazi's their ticket.

    they should be careful what they wish for, tho. the cia/petraeus is probably who's at fault here, not state. petraeus was busy with paula broadwell & that other nutty woman in tampa (sorry, her name escapes me right now) just before the benghazi thing went down & everyone involved is trying to cover up the fact that he was paying more attention to his love life than intelligence reports about embassy security threats.

  •  I'm no fan of Brennan, but this is just such crap (0+ / 0-)

    Why didn't they ask Hagel about his views regarding actual defense department policies? Because they have no interest in the real world, only in the unreal conspiracies they've cooked up.
    Similarly with Brennan -- they should be hard on him (Feinstein is doing this to some extent) -- he was complicit in torture. He says he complained, privately, but there's no evidence he did anything even that limited to object to the torture.
    But Benghazi, talking points? This has been asked and answered and asked and answered ad nauseum.
    They're just playing to their sick conspiracy-theory-racked base.

    While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

    by Tamar on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:08:35 PM PST

  •  "All theater, no plot." Great line! Now, what's (0+ / 0-)

    supposed to be done to get the show on the road? "All talk, no action"?

    We all know this stuff, even the trolls and starry-eyes. We also know that eventually the sun will burn out its hydrogen and swallow up the Earth and whatever is left in a red giant exuberance.

    The deal is, what's the deal between now and then? Just tell each other these bits of lunacy, and shake our heads, and go back to shaking our heads over still more of the same? Because we are smart enough to see the little parts of growing oblivion, but maybe not smart enough to do damn all about either the little, or the big?

    "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

    by jm214 on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:11:21 PM PST

  •  What about Harry? (0+ / 0-)

    In the Alfred Hitchcock movie, The Truth About Harry,  Harry was actually dead.  In this theatrical republican farce, it almost looks the same.   Harry damn well better come to life soon and kick their asses.

  •  Do You Think Huckleberry Is In Love With McCain (1+ / 0-)
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    "Here comes the landslide" Dick Morris

    by wild hair on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:21:03 PM PST

  •  all right, in reading this I've reached my end (0+ / 0-)

    they disgust me. Especially McCain and his two "buddies'. THey are in it to make discord and disorder and to disrupt...and to DIS. They are acting like adolescents and are laughing behind or backs as they show the world how F'd up our government is.

    Kelly Ayote ick tagging along acting as if it's a good thing for  a junior Senator to just tag along with these two senior and "learn' their deep "wisdom". I feel so VERY SORRY for my neighbors to the north in NH who elected her.
    Probably they thought they were electing someone with the  independant mindedness of Lisa Murkoski or Olympia Snowe. She's an embarracement. I guess it bothers me as a New Englander that she's acting so craven....even though I'm not from her state (strangely I feel embarraced for her).

    I am so very very tired of McCain especially...I admit to flirting with moments of wishing him ill before I talk self out of it. I wish he'd just go away.

    •  sorry for poor spelling. I've never figured out (0+ / 0-)

      how to do spell check on Kos (or FB for that matter), am on chrome. Too tired and cranky (thanks to this news that they are trying to derail yet another nominee) to look up every word that seems wrong. Thanks for your indulgence.

  •  So the Three Stools are now holding up (1+ / 0-)
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    cabinet nominations to appease a handful of conspiracy theorists on Twitter?

    That's quite the legacy you're leaving Johnny.  You should have quite while you were ahead.  Like around 1986.

    Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank.
    Give a man a bank and he can rob the world.

    by here4tehbeer on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:24:22 PM PST

  •  hardball (0+ / 0-)

    its time for the President to play hardball with these thugs.  He should announce that he has instruted his
    cabinate to immediately shut down every federal facility in the districts of the obstructionists.  every bank, airpoirt, va hospital, military base, delay social security checks, medicare reimbursements, the courts, meat inspection,
    every single thing they control. stop all federal projects dead in their tracks.  i doubt the president would have to go beyond the announcement before those rethugs would be screaming bloody murder.  bet they would come to the table with their tails tucked pretty fast.  if they want to play games, Obama needs to work on this game and not his golf swing.

  •  To be honest, surprisingly, (0+ / 0-)

    Issa has been much less of a thorn in the side of the administration than the Republicans in the Senate. Who'da thunk?

  •  sen useless mccain (1+ / 0-)
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    Mark Mywurtz

    is the poster boy for passing term limits in the senate, he may not be an embarrassment in ariz but in most of the country that is becoming his claim to fame, that and having made the worst choice for a vp on the ticket & owning at least eight homes.

  •  Blame Reid, Levin, Schumer and the rest (1+ / 0-)
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    who didn't want filibuster reform.  

    But you know why McCain and the GOP can't quit Benghazi - because it's a twofer, they think it hurts Obama now and will hurt Hillary Clinton in three years.  

    Keystone XL Pipeline - Canada gets the money, Asia gets the oil, America gets the toxic refinery pollution and potential for a pipeline leak ecological disaster.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:38:16 PM PST

  •  Thanks, Harry. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    kwt3200

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

    by Bush Bites on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:39:21 PM PST

    •  For sure (2+ / 0-)
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      kwt3200, Australian2

      Gave me great pleasure today to unsubscribe from "updates" from Harry Reid that hit my blackberry almost daily.  When asked why I was unsubscribing--gave an earful.  Think I will be doing more of this in the coming days--get so many pieces of pablum along with the urgent requests for money.  Am kinda weary of it all.  Think it's time to worry about me and my family for a change.  The good old boys (and girls) won't miss me I'm sure.

  •  Their entire strategy (1+ / 0-)
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    kwt3200

    is to delay EVERYTHING and try to run out the clock on Obama's 2nd term, thus limiting as much progress as possible.  

    This is just one reason the Senate dems were so fucking stupid to not reform the filibuster.  

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:50:36 PM PST

  •  just because the left ignores the radio the right (1+ / 0-)
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    Black Max

    can create made-to-order constituencies to enable the most absurd bullshit from these republican idiots, enough to regularly stop democracy on many different levels.

    like many right wing radio successes over the last 25 years, benghazi would never have been an issue without months of coordinated uncontested repetition from 1000 + radio stations.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:52:36 PM PST

  •  comment/better not.. (0+ / 0-)

    clime parches on. terms: ocean rise, weather re-patterning, storm pathology, drout-famine, acceptance of nature.

    by renzo capetti on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 06:00:00 PM PST

  •  But ..but (1+ / 0-)
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    There is nothing that can be done... It's not as if the Senate can change the rules...

    oh..wait...Republicans are doing this to our President and our nation because they can...Thank you Harry "fuckin'" Reid. and we are still in February.

    At least Sen. Reid is calling a recess because there is no pressing need to ah be here....

    ashes..ashes we all fall down

  •  Hmm... good point. (1+ / 0-)
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    Black Max

    Their Benghazi fetish is a replacement for the obstruction method that failed in Obama's first term.  Since THEY couldn't stop Obama from succeeding they're going to make it so that he himself becomes the issue.  He can succeed without them but he can't succeed on his own if he's mired in Scandal.  Going to the source, so to speak.  

    That's also why Boehner et. al. keep saying Obama's took weak to confront his own base and stand up to them on issue xyz.  They're poinsoning the well!

  •  I know we're not supposed to wish harm... (1+ / 0-)
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    foucaultspendulum

    on these muthafuckin' assholes...

    Yeah.

    So.

    um.

    How was everybody's week?  Any plans for the weekend?

    %$#&#&*@#%$% is what I'm really thinking...

    "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

    by Marjmar on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 06:55:20 PM PST

  •  Hunter, John Brennan is not someone to "friend" on (0+ / 0-)

    Facebook, imho.  Forgive me for not providing links to support my opinion.  The man has an internet record.  I do not trust him, like him, or respect him. He supported torture during the bush years.

    I don't think President Obama will make an effort to convince anyone on this nomination.  If he does, I'll be disappointed.

  •  I'm mad at Harry Reid about this. It's totally (2+ / 0-)
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    at his doorstep that this continues to be a problem in Obama's second term.

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 08:16:46 PM PST

  •  Thank Harry Reid (1+ / 0-)
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    for all of this obstruction.  Question for Harry: How many pieces of gold were you paid to turn traitor to the American People ?

  •  Thank goodness the "pragmatic" Dems (1+ / 0-)
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    are in control.

    If the crazy pony wishers had their way, we might of actually had a filibuster that couldn't be used to block each and every nomination, much less actual legislation.

    The Senate might have t function under majority rule!

    PHEW!

    Bullet: Dodged.

    What's wrong under Republicans is still wrong under Democrats.

    by gila on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 08:33:48 PM PST

  •  Recess appointments (1+ / 0-)
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    Black Max

    I don't the courts can continue to rule against them given past precedent.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 09:17:03 PM PST

  •  Well, okay . . . I confess (0+ / 0-)

    I changed the talking points.

    Now let's get on with serious business.

  •  Brennan should NOT be confirmed... (2+ / 0-)
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    Black Max, Australian2

    His role as the Bush/Cheney administration's point man on all that is torturous, and Obama/Biden's chief architect of everything unconstitutionally drone, makes him, quite possibly, the scariest possible choice as director of the country's top spy agency.

    Of course, those aren't the reasons that obstructionists like McCain and Graham are standing in Brennan's way.  Heck, to those guys, Brennan's anti-American resume makes him eminently qualified.  No, the Republicans just want to stick it to the president again in any way possible until he cries "uncle."

    I'm just amazed that liberals and progressives, for the most part, are giving Obama a pass on one of the worst choices imaginable for CIA director.    

    "The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain." --George McGovern

    by Progressive Pride on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 09:41:57 PM PST

  •  Correct me if I'm wrong... (0+ / 0-)

    but Harry the Ball-less Wonder could, if he chose, override the holds on the nominations, right? Not saying he would, I imagine the very idea makes his dentures chatter for fear of upsetting one of his GOP consiglieres, but I believe the rules allow him to do so.

    I seem to remember him breaking a DEMOCRAT's hold one time.

  •  McCain is such a lazy media whore (0+ / 0-)

    When he was running for President, he didn't show up for work for 6 months. Could you imagine most Americans asking for a promotion when they didn't show up for work for 6 months?

    Anyways, he ends the 6 month hooky to parachute into DC for the TARP vote. He acts like he saved the day or something, when his being there made absolutely no difference.

    All show no work for McCain.

    "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is." - George W Bush

    by jfern on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 12:01:43 AM PST

  •  Nailed it. Clinton years redux. (0+ / 0-)

    The only difference is the blogosphere is keeping the press somewhat introspectional. During the Clinton years the press would run with all the nonsense coming from the GOP. Hours and hours on the nightly news about whitewater and a blowjob. Not to mention their acquiescence in making the CT of Vince Fosters 'murder' common lore.

    They still have a way to go but for the most part only FoxNews regurgitates GOP nonsense raw and uncensored.

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