Senator Ted Cruz launched a blistering attack on Defense Secretary nominee Hagel, asserting a direct link to Karl Marx:"History shows that Marx not only read Hagel, but took his inspiration from him," said the Princeton-educated, Harvard Law School graduate.
Some argue that the GOP as we know it is in its death throes. Maybe, but it can still do grievous damage to the nation, and the world, before it finally takes its long-overdue last breath. Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy four years.
So, it seems that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has a way out of our budget problems with the sequester: cut Affordable Health Care.
I know people who have come back wounded mentally or physically, or both. They could not change the Islamic landscape, because they could not heal the rift among the many Islamic sects. Why doesn't McCain understand this?
Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) must have personalized lockers at the network TV studios since they are on the Sunday morning yapping shows every week.
So what does all this latest angry maneuvering around former Senator Chuck Hagel's confirmation as secretary of defense amount to? Not that much, actually.
A funny thing happened at the Senate Armed Services Committee vote on Chuck Hagel, this week. Senator Ted Cruz, who is quickly making a name for himself as a modern-day Joe McCarthy, turned a normal committee vote into his own personal circus, making outlandish smear after outlandish smear against Chuck Hagel that earned the ire not just of senators in the room, but Capitol Hill newspapers, national media, and even his home state newspaper. Thing of it is, Cruz knows very well who his base is: The increasingly shrill far right, which want to see vicious opposition to anything President Obama says, does, or proposes. People have joked, with some degree of truth, that if President Obama came out against drinking Drano, Tea Party Congressmen and senators would immediately go out and chug gallons of it.
Sometimes it seems the Beltway press will do anything to avoid blaming Republicans for their wildly obstructionist ways. It's a pattern of timidity that has marked Obama's time in Washington, D.C.
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The GOP can try to repackage their party by reaching out to all demographics. But, for many Americans, the GOP is just the same old party.
The hysterics of neoconservative senators has become a cacophony that's pretty similar to a room full of children. It's a series of tantrums that clearly shows they are losing, badly.
Senator Hagel's confirmation has to await action by the Senate Committee and by the full Senate. But we do not have to wait for confirmation that with respect to the Middle East peace process, the U.S. Congress remains in the grip of the Israel lobby.
What I found most troubling (other than McCain's behavior) was Hagel's failure to defend himself. Why not say that he was right, because the war was based on a lie, and because nothing done in that war ultimately accomplished anything of lasting value?