McCain: Let's Not Filibuster Chuck Hagel
Defense nominee nears confirmation
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 5, 2013 9:56 AM CST
Senate Armed Services Committee members Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., assess Chuck Hagel on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – John McCain wasn't easy on Chuck Hagel during the defense secretary nominee's confirmation hearing—but it looks as though he and other Republicans are letting up. (After all, the two were friends before falling out.) McCain says he opposes a filibuster of Hagel's confirmation and will urge his colleagues against the idea, the New York Times reports. With Sens. Richard Burr, Susan Collins, and Roy Blunt also opposing a filibuster, Hagel appears to have more than enough votes for confirmation. While firm opponents could still use procedural measures to hamper the process, a confirmation ultimately looks likely, the Times notes.

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Feb 8, 2013 10:24 AM CST
Jewish Media Religiously campaigned ‘AGAINST’ purely Falsepride. Chuck Hagel Ain’t Dumb and Dumbest to foster Israel to risk American interests wherever Israel loathed. Jews are More Dumb and Dumbest if they don’t believe that. Chuck Hagel's Suspense Hearing ain’t 'disturbing' but edutaining. Chuck Hagel's Bizarre out of the ordinary Eight hours Hearings of bloviating, grandstanding and browbeating. In fact, not enough time for serious deliberation over key policy questions. For instance in hearing transcript running to nearly 60,000 words, the word "DRONE" doesn't show up even once. Chuck Hagel is The Fifth Defense Secretary with Military Past. Lindsey Graham 'Seems Clueless' On Iran. At least Chuck Hagel knows that Iran is in Asia not Antarctica. Another way to say: “I Knackered outloud and am damn sorry to badmouth you’. Never mind about SURGE! John McCain cleared the way for Chuck Hagel to be next Secretary of Defense. “I do not believe that we should filibuster,” McCain told POLITICO. “To vote against is entirely the judgment of each individual senator, but filibuster I think would be inappropriate.” Vulnerable Filibuster contempt by Sen. Mitch McConnell flagged.
Feb 5, 2013 9:53 PM CST
For a war hero he is becoming very quickly...IRRELEVANT!
Feb 5, 2013 9:23 PM CST
John McCain: 10 years from now no one in the U.S. is going to remember "The Surge" that did nothing for the U.S. in Iraq in the end. Hagel is right. Get over it. Confirm the man. (obtw America, where are all the parades for your returning soldiers from the Iraq war? We've been noticing up here there have been few if any parades for your soldiers when they came back from Iraq. What gives?)