Three pieces of news about the Hagel nomination are just in over at Political Wire.
Chuck Hagel will not have the 60 votes to overcome a filibuster at tomorrow's scheduled cloture vote on his nomination to become Defense secretary, NBC News reports.
True, apparently. And another embarrassment for Republicans.
Roll Call: "Republicans insist they are not mounting a filibuster but merely demanding a delay in a vote until their demands have been satisfied."
False. They are indeed "mounting a filibuster." I hope it bucks them right back down into the deep dust and horsepuckey of the Republican rodeo.
Adjunct? True. And they know it. Another case where politics are given greater importance than this nation's freedom and integrity. But in the end, it's not that the two nations are so close but that the rightwing politics and the imperialism shared by the two nations bind them together in ignominy. I suspect Chuck Hagel, like many Americans, would rather America -- and Israel, for that matter -- were honest and independent.
Meanwhile, the Washington Free Beacon digs up a 2007 account of a speech by Hagel in which he claimed that the State Department "has become adjunct to the Israeli Foreign Minister's office."