Chuck Roast

Apparently I’ve been missing the show:

Chuck Hagel under fire at confirmation hearing

Chuck Hagel came under rapid fire from former senators at his confirmation hearings as secretary of defense on Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

He clashed with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a former friend and Vietnam veteran, when he refused to give him a direct answer on whether the Iraq war surge succeeded. He apologized for using the term “Jewish lobby” in a rambling answer to a question from Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and stumbled in his answers on Iran.

Hagel’s answers prompted at least one prominent conservative, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), to announce he would oppose Hagel’s nomination.

“I’ve stated long ago I’ve been deeply disturbed by his previous comments and positions in regards to sanctions on Iran and in regards to direct negotiations with North Korea,” Rubio told Fox News during Hagel’s testimony. Obviously, statements he’s made about Israel…I just don’t believe I will be able to support his nomination especially after his testimony in the last hour here, he’s really not said anything that addresses those concerns to my satisfaction.”

Hagel could go down as one of the weirdest nominees in recent history. He’s a Republican and a former senator, but the Republicans don’t like him. I’m guessing he gets confirmed by a fairly narrow party-line margin.

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66 Responses to Chuck Roast

  1. Let’s see, he’s a politician not well-liked by his compatriots. That could be really, really good, or even worse than normal. So that’s all good, then.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Heard some sound bites on Rush today of this “theater”. He mentioned how McCain and Hagel have been BFF’s for years so really couldn’t understand the aggressive tone Mac took. He was much kinder to Kerry and HRC. Then again, Rush said Hagel will just be a seat filler, Obama will continue to be Sec of Defense.

    I listen to talk radio when I walk, makes walking so much more fun and it goes by faster, now doing 4.5 miles/day. For those who despise Rush, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it 😀

    • cj says:

      That’s alright, the only station that comes in clearly on my car radio is conservative talk radio. Not Rush, but Prager, Gallagher, Medved (?)those guys. It can be entertaining, (as long as you turn it off when they start talking about social issues), but they’re usually at Level Red Alert for every damned thing which can give you a headache if you listen too much.

      Obama’s foreign policy comes across as passive/agressive, just like everything else with him. He refuses to act & votes present in times of crisis and talks appeasement with Iran or the Muslim Brotherhood, but then turns around and illegally drones the hell out of innocent civilians. Classic bully, if you ask me.

  3. angienc (D) says:

    He’s a bumbling idiot even by corrupt politician standards — the Biden of the Republican party without the “charm,” if you will. I expect him to rise in that DC cesspool accordingly.

  4. myiq2xu says:

    Hispanics to soon surpass whites in California

    I’m confused. According to the Zimmerman Rule, Hispanics ARE white.

    • yttik says:

      LOL, well, if you want to really confuse yourself, people from the middle east are also white. That’s why they can’t call people racist, so instead they claim you’re an Islamophobe. Never mind if the ME person doesn’t practice Islam, you’re still an Islamophobe.

      It gets really complicated if you just don’t care for white religious extremists, which is what people from the ME who distort Islam are. Except Islam is off limit nowdays, so you must just hate brown people. Except in the US we classify people from the ME as white.

  5. ROFL this is just SOOOOO delicious!

    President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee ended 2012 with large debts.

    Campaign finance reports filed Thursday show Obama’s campaign ended the year with $5.8 million in debt while his party’s political arm, the DNC, owed $21.4 million. The two groups ended the year with a combined $7.5 million in the bank.

    The Republican National Committee, meanwhile, ended the year debt-free and started 2013 with $4.7 million in its coffers.

  6. HELENK says:

    ted cruz stuns hagel

    when it come up Krauthammer had some good comments on hagel’s performance today.

  7. HELENK says:

    14 retired Generals and Admirals sent letter opposing Hagel.
    do not remember that happening before

  8. HELENK says:

    NBC blacks out hagels disastrous performance


  9. HELENK says:

    off topic

    holder’s dept of crime now going after Budweiser.
    there are some things you just do not mess with

  10. myiq2xu says:

    • wow—–that was a great read!!

      • myiq2xu says:

        It goes to show it’s not how much you spend but how you spend it.

        • angienc (D) says:

          I think you meant it isn’t who votes, it’s who counts the votes.

          This is all a nice cover story to explain how Obama was “re-elected.”
          Just like the Sandy “cover story” and the rigged polls where fly-by-night SEIU/DailyKos paid for polls were somehow *more accurate* than Pew, Gallup and Rass.

    • HELENK says:

      Can not understand how a businessman like Romney did not have the best in tech people and equipment. He would have it for his business.

  11. Karma says:

    Obamacare to the middle class. Eating isn’t as important as having health insurance and neither is your mortgage.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Hey, we’ll just raise taxes on rich people!

      • Karma says:

        Whoo hoo, party at Bill Gates’ house! What do mean he won’t pay for the party?

        • yttik says:

          I can vouch for the fact that Washington is atrocious with our tax gap. That’s why I don’t buy this national crap about “tax the wealthy.” Without fail, people like Bill Gates run around promoting the idea because they know they’ll never have to pay a dime! It always, always trickles down to the poor and middle class while people like Gates are rewarded for their “generous political advocacy” with state tax breaks.

          Running a big business in Wa is easy, running small ones not so much. We nail small businesses to the wall and make it extremely oppressive.

    • Jadzia says:

      That’s why we left! It was before OC went into effect, but we DID want health care, and COBRA was $1500/month = 18K/year. More than our mortgage, more than the groceries, more than any budget item.

  12. Karma says:

    David Freddoso, author of ‘Spin Masters: How the Media Ignored the News and Helped Reelect Barack Obama’,’ noticed in Sept that something was amiss and decided to put his notes to use and write a book.


    Why did you decide to write the book?

    I’m always saving and categorizing noteworthy stories I read — essentially taking notes — just in case they prove useful later. In this case, the moment I figured I’d have to write something about media bias came on September 12 or 13. I was sitting next to Washington Examiner writer Phil Klein, who remarked in disbelief that the story about Benghazi — a huge story about Obama over-promising and under-delivering on Middle East policy — was being turned into a story about a Romney gaffe.

    • angienc (D) says:

      I contend there *was* no Romney gaffe — the MSM made up the entire gaffe story too.

      • Karma says:

        You know how the media is… can’t let a good ‘fairy tale’ go to waste. Or is, they can’t construct ‘fairy tales’ fast enough to waste the contenders of Obama? 😉

      • swanspirit says:

        What Romney said was true and relevant , and was so accurate ; it terrified the media and the Obama campaign so they turned it into a gaffe immediately

      • cynic says:

        Joe, of “Morning Joe’ railed on and on about Romney weighing in on the statement released by our people at the Cairo Embassy. He attacked Romney for one whole segment.

        Apparently NBC must have gotten many calls, letters, etc. complaining that they were ignoring Benghazi, so a day or so later, Joe starts out by saying, “Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi” and chuckles. There, he mentioned it, was his attitute. It was disgusting.

        Right after that, I went to Facebook and wrote, “Goodbye Morning Joe”, I’ve had enough of you.

        My friend of 20+ years commented: Turn off FOX, get your head out of the sand. I asked her where she gets her information from and she wouldn’t answer. I asked her again, still no answer. I wrote, “third request, where do you get your information from? She finally said, ‘oh, a variety of places’.

  13. myiq2xu says:

    Now Volkswagen is racist:

  14. myiq2xu says:

    Why I hate Niner fans:

  15. leslie says:

    I want to wish driguanna a belated Happy Birthday.
    and to
    PMM – Congrats to your son and to his Proud Mom!

  16. myiq2xu says:

    I’m watching a History Channel program on the “War of the Currents” involving Edison, Tesla, Morgan, Westinghouse and Rockefeller. This is really fascinating.

  17. angienc (D) says:

    It just occurred to me that if Obama is able to twist enough Dem arms to get Hagel confirmed as SoD after this, then we’ll all get to know how the Romans felt when Caligula made his horse a consul.
    Isn’t it fun when history repeats itself?

  18. 49erDweet (D) says:

    If Chuck Hagel poops in his drawers and the national media can’t smell anything does it still leave a stain?

  19. myiq2xu says:

    Roger Simon:

    What we learned on Thursday is that Chuck Hagel is less qualified to be Secretary of Defense than most of the students in my daughter’s high school history honors class.

    Not to mince words, the former Nebraska senator is an uninformed nitwit. He’s confused about practically every issue and doesn’t even know what the administration’s policies are. (Didn’t he study for the hearing? If he did, it’s even worse.) They had to send him a note in the middle of the proceedings to remind him of the administration’s position on Iran and “containment” and even then Hagel got it wrong. Carl Levin had to explain it to him.

    I have never seen a nomination hearing so humiliating.

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