The GOP is considering walking out of a vote on Chuck Hagel’s DoD nomination if Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Carl Levin (D-MI) holds one on Tuesday. Kind of a mean-girls-middle-school thing to do.
Meanwhile, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), the ranking minority member on the Committee, is using the F-word about Hagel — he wants a 60-vote threshold to approve him, not a majority, so he’s threatening a filibuster.
Interestingly, Inhofe’s staff has concluded that Hagel has met the disclosure standard applied to previous nominees for Secretary of Defense, so the GOP’s demand for more information seems — surprise, surprise — to be total BS.
I hope the Prez gets up at his SOTU and shouts “You lie!” at the GOP members.
Having postponed the Armed Services Committee vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to DoD because of unreasonable GOP financial disclosure demands made in a 2/6 letter signed by 26 GOP senators, committee chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) is now standing up to the Republicans with a letter to his committee’s ranking minority member, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK).
Levin says the GOP letter “appears to insist upon financial disclosure requirements that far exceed the standard practices of the Armed Services Committee and go far beyond the financial disclosure required of previous Secretaries of Defense.”
After walking through what is normally provided, what Hagel has provided, and why the further demands are absurd, Levin concludes:
“The committee cannot have two different sets of financial disclosure standards for nominees, one for Senator Hagel and one for other nominees.”
Four GOP senators — Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint, James Inhofe, and Lindsey “Butters” Graham are hosting a fundraising lunch in D. C. for Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin next Wednesday. For $2500, you can meet Mr. Akin and learn how lady parts magically distinguish rapists’ sperm from consensual sperm. Every time!