John McCain Concedes That Chuck Hagel Will Be Confirmed
Despite the fact that it’s currently on hold thanks to a GOP filibuster, even one of the leaders of that filibuster concedes that Chuck Hagel’s nomination for Defense Secretary will ultimately be approved by the Senate:
One of the leading critics of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), President Obama’s embattled nominee to become Defense secretary, told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday that Hagel will end up being confirmed.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that Hagel will be approved by the Senate even though he is the “most unimpressive” nominee he has ever seen.
“The fact is that Chuck Hagel made statements and took votes in the United States Senate particularly about Iran, his comments about Israel were atrocious, but he will be confirmed,” he said.
“We will have a vote when we get back and I am confident that Sen. Hagel probably will have the votes necessary to be confirmed as the secretary of Defense,” McCain added.
McCain voted with all but four other Republicans on Thursday to filibuster Hagel’s nomination. He said Sunday that he did so to get enough time to more closely examine Hagel’s record. He said that delaying the vote until after this week’s recess provides a reasonable amount of time for consideration.
The senator, who claimed he is still a friend of Hagel’s, said he will vote against the nomination after supporting an end to debate.
“I don’t believe he is qualified but I don’t believe we should hold up his nomination any further. I think it is a reasonable amount of time to have questions answered,” he said.
It makes you wonder what this whole silly Republican spectacle has been about.