OK, I just learned that the ungodly crazy Southern triumvirate of , Graham, Ihofe, and Cruz have effectively filibustered the nomination of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense.
Once again, I find myself asking Harry Reid how that filibuster reform thingy is working for him?
Now, we all know that Senatorette Miss Lindsey (R-Closet) is frightened of being primaried from her right and so she is trying to butch it up for the mouth-breathers back at the home office of Crazy, Inc. Remember, she is the one who has famously said that elections have consequences and has never voted against a presidential appointment because she philosophically thinks the President should have the cabinet he wants. Except now.
Inhofe is, as we all know, nuts; a bad pilot who does not believe in rules applying to him, and in the pocket of oil interests, which is the basis for his anti-science climate change denialism. I’m not entirely sure what his motivation is here, but he’s nuts.
And Cruz is a new player on the scene. I suspect he wants a scalp early in his career to dangle in front of the teabaggers back home. He is often described as being ambitious and intelligent, which is really a dangerous combination, especially when he is clearly unprincipled, too.
We can analyze the tea leaves all day long, but effectively, there is no justification for filibustering a nominee for Secretary of Defense. It is the first time in US History that this has happened, and it happened with a Republican being filibustered by the Republicans. We live in strange times.