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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday moved to end the Senate debate on whether to confirm Chuck Hagel to become the next secretary of defense. A vote is set for Friday.

The move was necessary, he said, because he could not come to an agreement with Republicans on handling Hagel’s nomination in any other way, leading minority members to opt to use their privilege to try to delay Hagel’s progress through the full chamber.

"This is the first time in the history that a presidential nominee for secretary of defense has been filibustered. What a shame," Reid said on the Senate floor.

What a shame indeed. But not on Republicans. Republicans are doing what Republicans do. Rational people who have observed the Republican Party since this president was first elected can see that. The real shame falls on Harry Reid and a few other Democratic Senators with either no brains, no courage, or no integrity.

No brains because anybody with a smidgen of intelligence saw this coming.

No courage because Reid had the votes to prevent just this very thing from happening

Or, no integrity because some Democratic Senators may actually like having a dysfunctional body of government. But they don't have the guts to say so in public.

Whatever the explanation, shame is exactly right.

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