Donald Trump has a small thingy. (His overcompensation gives it away). He wants America to continue to support small things. And most importantly, he wants to use his massive amounts of money make others do so, even if by funding a candidate up to the $200 million dollar level now that there is no limit....
Senator Ted Cruz envisions himself as President some day. He will need money.... Lots of money. His own supporters (the former Tea Party) are poor. The wealthy in his state do not like him so he can't count on Texas. He will need a big donor when he makes his run.Dick Durbin is up before Ted Cruz as a candidate for the President's Secretary of Defense. "Dick" Durbin is rumored to be a member of the "Big" club because his wife is always smiling.
Ted knows, that if he is very hard on Mr Big (Dick Durbin), he will catch the eye of Donald Trump. If he stymies Mr Big (Dick Durbin), he will get noticed even more. Furthermore, Ted Cruz also knows some of his party compatriots, also have hard-ons for the presidency, and they also are planning on being anti-Big to get Donald's eyes as well.
Ted Cruz knows he has to be the biggest, baddest, Dick (Durbin) basher on the committee, if he wants Donald Trump to fund him through out the primaries, instead of funding another suitor....Every Republican Senator tries to one-up the other when it comes to bashing Dick, and that, explains the irrationality of the entire hearing, the filibuster, and the vote.
The behavior was certainly irrational if one considers the state of the country, the lost election, the armed forces, the sequestration, the upcoming NATO meeting on the future of Afghanistan. But it very rational, very rational indeed if you have no money and are looking for a Sugar Daddy to spread apart and open up your path into the Presidency....
Substitute Adelson, Israel, Chuck Hagel, and you finally have an idea of what exactly was going on with the Chuck Hagel hearing and vote.