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Have you ever wondered why the Republican Party is attacking Chuck Hagel?  Simply put … the GOP is mad at Chuck Hagel (a Republican from Nebraska) for supporting Democratic Candidate Bob Kerrey instead of the Tea Party extremist Deb Fischer.    Now the Republican Party wants to punish Chuck Hagel for supporting a moderate over the Tea Party extremist.

Hagel puts aside his personal likes and dislikes in order to reach consensus and work across the aisle.  He’s a realist and says what is really happening in the world.    The majority of the people who are attacking him have not served in the United States Armed Forces — except for Senator John McCain who has been in office for too long.  [I do believe in term limits.]  That said, what we are seeing now is the “old maverick” pointing fingers at the “new maverick” via Chuck Hagel and it is quite unfortunate since they used to pal around.  See what politics does?  It destroys relationship, and this is precisely why we need to go back to the days of Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill.  Reagan was able to maintain his friendship with O’Neill despite their differences … and in fact, they used to play cards together.  Today’s politicians have turned ugly, and it shouldn’t take a catastrophic event to bring them together.  Is that what it is going to take for unity?  A catastrophic event?

Shirl Mora James, a Civil Rights and Immigration Lawyer — now President of SOMOS INDEPENDENTS (formerly the National Tequila Party which is a woman-led counter-movement to the Tea Party) nails it when she states:

   The Tea Publicans are in the death throes and they are fighting to stay relevant and keep control of the Republican Party since they have hijacked the GOP.  Independent thinkers such as Ronald Reagan or Barry Goldwater and Chuck Hagel are demonized today – such the reason why Congress cannot get anything done. They have lost their ability to compromise and reach consensus that will help the best interest of Americans.  Unfortunately, the GOP is now the Party of “me” and not “us.”

    Failing to recognize the value of inclusion within the GOP, the November 6, 2012, clobbering will be ongoing, if the Republican Party continues to be narcissist in nature.  In order to repair their image, the Republican Party will need to welcome moderate consensus builders into the Party in order to survive in the long term.

Read more by John Avalon on the ugly side of politics below:
The Republicans’ Ugly and Shameful Chuck Hagel Filibuster

    GOP senators’ obstruction of a straight vote on the defense-secretary nominee and Rand Paul’s placement of the CIA director nomination on hold amount to a cowardly and cynical political strategy that could compromise national security, says John Avlon.

    Since the election, Republican talking points have reflected the fact that they need to reach out beyond their base: to be positive rather than negative; appear more reasonable, less obstructionist.  READ MORE HERE >>>

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Because Tequila is stronger than Tea. The Tequila Party is a Latina-led counter movement to the Tea Party extremists.

    by Dose of Tequila on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 11:30:04 AM PST

  •  We HAD a catastrophic event in 2008 (6+ / 0-)

    The entire economy collapsed, the economy of the US was teetering on the brink of total disaster. And politicians like John McCain decided it would be better for their personal political ambitions to work against fixing the problem, the country and the people they swore to serve be damned.

    So no, nothing at all will deter today's Republican Party from burning down the house they live in if it will hurt their opponents and give themselves a short-term gain. As far as they're concerned, NOW is all there is - the future does not exist.

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

    by Fordmandalay on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 12:01:09 PM PST

  •  Ol' John has turned into a sourpuss crank. (0+ / 0-)

    Don't be fooled by appearances. In Hawaii, some of the most powerful people look like bums and stuntmen. --- Matt King

    by hobie1616 on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 12:02:23 PM PST

  •  My dislike for McCain (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    gffish, SherwoodB

    is growing all the time.

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    by JamieG from Md on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 12:19:51 PM PST

  •  Story in this morning's Arizona Republic: (9+ / 0-)

    Is this Sen. McCain's last term?

    Interesting that even in conservative Maricopa County most of the reader comments say "Yes, please go already!"

    Up until the 2000 primary McCain was a different Republican, one who fancied himself a Goldwater Arizonan who loved the state's culture and land. I lobbied his office for education funding and seldom encountered push-back. Then, in a flash, he went from a man who called Falwell and his type the "agents of intolerance" to kissing their backside. He's one sour person: Bush beat him, Obama beat him, the tea party hates him, his former pal Hagel rejected his wrongheaded war hawkishness.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 12:19:58 PM PST

  •  Except... (1+ / 0-)
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    gffish

    ...neither of those assholes are mavericks.

    They are right wing politicians who:

    1) Obediently do what their rich overlords tell them to.

    2) Make every move according to polling amongst focus groups in conjunction with the latest ravings issuing from right wing radio.

    Back in 2000 McCain slipped up & told the truth about something.  Then his Beltway Village buddies got giddy over it, & labeled him a "maverick."

    Hagel is as establishment as they come.  The most mavericky thing he does is take his wife to a Greek restaurant once a year.

    I'm worse at what I do best/ And for this gift I feel blessed. - Kurt Cobain

    by wyvern on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 12:48:11 PM PST

  •  I hadn't thought about it... (0+ / 0-)

    ...but it absolutely makes sense. And of course, now that Fisher is in (sigh), she gets to be part of the filibuster--wait, strike that: the delay--herself. Boy that really does add up!

    And knowing the way Nebraska GOP politics works, it just keeps making more sense. When you live and work in a one party state, it's amazing the many levels at which that one party just keeps making all the rules.

    Although you have to keep wondering about Nebraska. For awhile we were represented in the Senate by a D who wasn't a D and an R who was rather prickly with R's. But hey, don't blame me. I voted against Hagel every chance I got!

  •  Death throes, not death rows (0+ / 0-)

    "...stories of past courage can define that ingredient..... But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." JFK Profiles in Courage " Ontario

    by ontario on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 06:59:18 PM PST

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