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Why in the hell did Rand Paul vote to confirm Hagel?

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shackleford Posted: Tue, Feb 26 2013 5:47 PM

If he keeps this up, then he's not going to be the nominee.

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Malachi replied on Tue, Feb 26 2013 7:05 PM

why not? he (rand) is a conservative.

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Who cares?  Why is it a big deal?  Who would it be if it wasn't him?  Ron Paul?

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Well, I guess nobody cares then. I'll stop posting about Rand Paul.

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Meistro replied on Thu, Feb 28 2013 6:49 PM

I think he should have supported him the whole way.  I'm no expert on American politics but isn't Hagel the most non interventionist of defense secretaries that Obama could conceivably nominate?

 

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Well, it seems to me that Obama hires incompetent yes-men. Rand Paul probably did this so he can legitimately claim that he is not another Republican "obstructionist." He's trying to come across as fair and impartial and not a naysaying ideologue. It may give his later arguments and run more credence as someone who carefully considered the issues who is not simply a partisan hack.

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Malachi replied on Thu, Feb 28 2013 8:47 PM

ok, why wouldnt he vote to confirm? whats wrong with hagel that couldnt be said about kerry, clinton, condi, kissinger, etc.? I'm genuinely curious why there seems to be an expectation that mainstream politicians oppose the confirmation of political appointments "just because." the country could still go to war with a vacant cabinet, or a cabinet full of "illegal" or unconfirmed bureaucrats.

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Because he's a nice guy.

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Marko replied on Fri, Mar 1 2013 7:51 AM

I think he should have supported him the whole way.  I'm no expert on American politics but isn't Hagel the most non interventionist of defense secretaries that Obama could conceivably nominate?


What does that mean? Obama is able to nominate anyone.

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