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Video: McCain Says GOP Filibustered Hagel Because He Said Mean Things About Bush, Iraq War


You really couldn’t make up stuff like this if you tried. But, amazingly, there actually exists a political party in 2013 America that is filled with people like McCain – angry, petulant, irresponsible, ridiculous, utterly not serious. I mean, I’m not even a fan of Chuck Hagel, but what on earth is the Republican case against him for Sec Def? My case against him is that he’s a Republican with a long record against a woman’s right to choose, against LGBT equality, against action on environmental problems like climate change, etc, etc. McCain et al’s case?

Let’s see…(wave hands in the air and look really crazy/angry, yelling stuff like “GET OFF MY LAWN YOU DAMN KIDS!!!!”): he didn’t support the Iraq war! he was against the great “surge!” he isn’t a chickenhawk like Lindsey Graham! he endorsed a Democrat (Bob Kerrey) for U.S. Senate (note: as Elaine points out, he also didn’t endorse McCain for president in 2008)! he compared George W. Bush, correctly, to the worst presidents in U.S. history! he was nominated by President Obama, the evil socialist/Kenyan (translation, “black guy”) in the White House! Seriously, the GOP is one of two major political parties in our country. We’d better just make sure these people never get into power, and that we boot them out of the House in 2014. My god, they’re nuts.

P.S. Can you imagine if Democrats had done this to a Republican president’s nominee for Defense Secretary (let alone while the country was at war)? Republicans would be screaming that Democrats “hate America,” are “traitors,” blah blah blah. So, by their OWN reasoning, what does that make them right now?!?  

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    McCain – and the corporate media – conveniently forget to mention that Chuck Hagel refused to endorse John McCain in 2008. Their friendship got colder after that.

    McCain is just delivering payback. Is that ridiculous? Sure, but remember that McCain was dumb enough to ask Sarah Palin to be his running mate. He’s a semi-senile shadow of his former self.

  • aznew

    When a politician mistakenly tells the truth?

    I thought the official line was they held up Hagel because they needed more info, or more time, or whatever.

    They are lame.