It truly sickens me the way Republicans can spend a lifetime of running our country into the ground, go on Sunday morning TV, make a few nice sounds and presto, he's cabinet material.
The latest from Steve Clemons: Chuck Hagel Will Help Obama Find his "Inner Nixon".
Clemons says this like it was a good thing. Yeah, the secret bombing of Cambodia, the destruction of Chilean democracy, and so many other things were such a good idea and worked out so well for our country.
Not only did Hagel vote for the original Iraq War Authorization Resolution, he also voted for torture. I don't think it is ideological purity to ask that members of the cabinet be anti-torture. I also want to ask serious people like Clemons what is the difference between Lindy England and pro-torture Senators. In fact, I would like Clemons to explain to the rest of us why we should take him seriously if he will not oppose the use of torture. Can we set the bar any lower?
I'm with Avedon Carol:
Meanwhile, for many talk has turned heavily to choosing Obama's VP, and the consensus seems to be that he needs a nice tough war hero with a woman-hating record to "balance" the ticket. Or that's what it sounds like to me. Favorites seem to be Jim Webb and other woman-unfriendly types, including right-wing Republican Chuck Hagel. Y'know, this is the kind of thing that makes a lot of women wonder if this whole anti-Clinton thing really is about a desire to throw women under a bus. Yeah, yeah, I know, it's not "women", it's this woman - I've heard that. And I believe that's true for the people who are just as outraged as I am about the suggestion of people like Bayh and Hagel and Webb for VP. But tell me you want Chuck Hagel on the Democratic ticket and I'm inclined to suspect this is just about conservative Republicans trying to take over what's left of the Democratic Party.