Filibuster Broken: Senate Overwhelmingly Advances Hagel to Final Vote
The Senate GOP's temporary opposition to President Obama's nominee for Defense Secretary is over. Eighteen Republicans joined lock-step Democrats in clearing the way for an up-or-down vote on Chuck Hagel, whose confirmation later today is now all but assured. Hagel's hostility toward our closest ally in the Middle East, offensive comments about "the Jews," embarrassing confirmation hearings, questionable temperament, and manifest unpreparedness for the position were not enough to defeat his nomination. Nor were supportive words from the Iranian government and Louis Farrakhan.