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Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) leaves a news conference in Omaha, Nebraska March 12, 2007. REUTERS/Dave Kaup
Chuck Hagel, who had nothing to do with Benghazi.
While the vote on Chuck Hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense is still expected to happen this week, it continues to hit snags, not limited to the village idiots in the committee hearing. He's also being filibustered, but don't call it a filibuster by Sen. James Inhofe and the Bopsy twins of Sens. McCain and Graham.

It's important to keep in mind that this filibuster threat isn't actually about Hagel. It's about something Hagel had absolutely nothing to do with: Benghazi. Huckleberry Graham is demanding that he gets a play-by-play of President Obama's actions on the day of the attack. Why? Outside of some conspiracy theory being cooked up that somehow Obama's negligence of the situation emboldened the terrorists, the only plausible answer is Graham's political future. He's trying to ward off a teabagger primary challenge for 2014, and the best way to do that is to act as crazy as they are. McCain is apparently just along for the ride, and he's bringing others with him.

So the confirmation vote for Hagel is pending. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has flatly stated he won't honor any Republican holds on Hagel's nomination and he'll to bring the vote to the floor. But to do so, he still has to get agreement from McConnell to do it. And if McConnell wants to (and so far there's not much indication he feels otherwise) he can force a cloture vote. In other words, so much for filibuster "reform." Republicans can still blow up the Senate just because they feel like it.

This has to end. Tell Harry Reid so. Sign our petition urging him to re-open the process of filibuster reform in the Senate.

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  •  Tip Jar (24+ / 0-)

    "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 12:02:27 PM PST

  •  Filibuster reform (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    elwior, RichM, NormAl1792

    Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose.

  •  Didn't we tell Harry Reid that they would pull (7+ / 0-)

    these kinds of shenanigans?
       Didn't Merkeley and Udall tell him so in the last Congress?
       Didn't he admit during the same Congress that they were right?

       Harry, stop being a patsy, or else let someone else do the job who can play hardball with these people.

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:13:21 PM PST

  •  Perhaps Merkely should join the filibuster (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Joan McCarter

    he shouldn't of course... but... it's kinda tempting to prompt him to do it.

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:14:07 PM PST

  •  Hagel will get through (4+ / 0-)

    and the GOP has just added yet another "first time in the history of the Senate/House such assholism has been seen which has dire consequences."  Hopefully, the Democratic film historians have all this shite archived.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:20:53 PM PST

  •  Eh... I think that Reid blew his chance. (2+ / 0-)
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    hulibow, myboo

    This is no longer the beginning of the legislative session when, according to the Constitution, the rules can be changed.

    Reid shook hands with Myrtle the Turtle on filibusters, and now he's going to get reamed. That's because, just like Obama's first term, there can be no "gentleman's agreement" with the GOP. They're still fighting like hell to make Obama a one-term president, or their fighting like hell to keep the white supremacists from feeling neglected.

    Anyway, it's still all about the Man at the Top and his skin color.

  •  Reid can't reopen the process now. (0+ / 0-)

    When he talks about "in the future" he means in 2015 after the mid terms.  

    Reid knew he was getting rolled and wanted it.  

    Levin deserves this as well.  I couldn't care less about either of them being pissed off now that they're being obstructed - they got what they wanted.  Levin is so bloody stupid that he got played by John McCain for crying out loud.  

    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 Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:23:26 PM PST

  •  I suspect Harry Reid (1+ / 0-)
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    maybeeso in michigan

    must have shit himself when the decision to blow Obama's labor board nominees out of the water, and severely limit Obama's ability to do recess appointments that the GOP doesn't approve of first, came down from the College Republicans for Life in Robes immediately after his bad faith non-deal with McConnell.

    Not because he was shocked at the bad faith screwjob and his deal proving to be a joke only a fool would think was worth a damn. He's been in the US Senate too long not to know that the GOP was going to go back on its word of "honor". It was a sham, he isn't stupid or naive, he knew they would blow it up.

    What Harry Reid didn't know, couldn't know was the timing would be so fast that he looked like this much of a simpleton and a castrated fool. Harry Reid shit his pants because of the timing.

    Instant pie in the face.

    As soon as he cut one of the worst "gentleman's handshake agreements" of his entire political career in DC, the pie flew up in his face on a hairtrigger while he could still smell McConnell's sweaty hand stank on his own palm.

    The problem for Harry Reid is that the GOP gave him no grace period to come up with some bullshit to save face before they bit him on the ass and made a fool of him.

    My theory has been for a while now that he is not running for that Senate seat again. Or else he wouldn't have either talked all that shit about Romney to get Romney and Fox News freaking out during the election, or cut this stupid, stupid deal on taking the reform out of reform when it comes to GOP obstructionism. He had to see the deal fallin apart coming. Just down the line.

    But the GOP has put Harry Reid in a place he can't get out of without doing something in retaliation. They spit in his face. And they keep spitting in his face.

    If he doesn't do something, he might as well hand over the gavel to somebody else.

    Nobody in DC is going to even show him face-saving faux respect if he doesn't act.

    I am from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner wing of the Democratic Party

    by LeftHandedMan on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:23:49 PM PST

    •  Both Harry Reid and Senator Levin (0+ / 0-)

      should be ashamed of themselves.

      Reid for being a sucker, and Levin let the GOP play their "where are the old speeches" game as if it was a legit good faith action when it clearly wasn't.

      I think Harry Reid better think of something to do, and something harsh, in retaliation or he's going to be in hell until this Senate is up.

      If they get away with the shit they have pulled since "the deal", Reid's going to spend most of his time getting punked with Freeper level shit from the GOP.

      I don't see how Obama gets a Supreme Court Justice on the bench if somebody unexpectedly dies or retires. Even one of the court's non-Conservatives. If the status quo is what stays in place now.

      Nothing is going to be out of bounds.  

      I am from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner wing of the Democratic Party

      by LeftHandedMan on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:29:23 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Reid got his lesser of 2 evils... (1+ / 0-)
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    Captain Pants

    He still gets to complain about those obstructionist Republicans - and he doesn't have to do any work, or get blamed if something doesn't pass.

    If he signs on to the Merkley/Udall plan, he's got to go out and actually whip the Democrats for votes. If something doesn't pass, the blame falls on him.

    Harry Reid - working hard so he has to hardly work...

    •  If any of that is true, and may very well be, then (0+ / 0-)

      Reid is an even bigger chump douchebag wimp loser than I thought, and either way he can go fuck himself as far as I'm concerned.  He doesn't have the stomach, intelligence, nuts, or skill to represent my interests in the United States Senate.

  •  It is about the $$$ (0+ / 0-)

    both Houses of Congress are filled with people that have to raise vast amounts of $$$ each and every week. Even in my district that is a safe D, Courtney raises $10k or more each week, so they all try to find angles to use to raise the money. The filibuster helps them raise money as does the reform effort help others to raise money. They also spend time on what they will do if they are kicked out. Who wants to hire a looser? Think about how insider trading was legal for these people up to very recently. The system is rigged and a game where only a very few are working for the general welfare and most for themselves.

    Plato's " The Cave" taught me to question reality.

    by CTDemoFarmer on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 01:02:24 PM PST

  •  Please expand the petition (0+ / 0-)

    to go to the 7 Senators who stood in the way of reform - Boxer, Feinstein et al.  They are more to blame and more to be able to change things than simply Harry.

  •  We are ruled by nihilists and fools (0+ / 0-)

    How's that handshake agreement working out for you, Harry?

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