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- Sen. Inhofe (R-OK): “In the months and years ahead, the Defense Department will be confronted with significant challenges from budget issues to Afghanistan policy. … I am aware of the serious concerns about some of [Hagel’s] policy positions, his record, and some of his comments that have been publicly reported. I will be seeking clarification from him about these concerns as his nomination proceeds.” source
- Sen. McCain (R-AZ): ”I have serious concerns about positions Senator Hagel has taken on a range of critical national security issues in recent years, which we will fully consider in the course of his confirmation process before the Senate Armed Services Committee.” source
- Rep. Cantor (R-VA): “Recent reporting has made clear that Senator Hagel’s views and inflammatory statements about Israel are well outside the mainstream and raise well-founded doubts that he can be trusted to manage the special relationship the United States shares with our greatest Middle East all.” source
- Barney Frank: “With the attack coming out of the right, I hope he gets confirmed.” source
“Here’s the debate we’re gonna have [next year]. I think these people [Republicans] underestimate the support Americans have for our coming together to build roads and keep desperately poor people from starvation and providing decent health [care] and research. And doing a whole lot of things that can only be done if we do them together.
Here’s the choice America is gonna have: We can raise taxes on income above $250,000, and what we’re saying is, for every $1,000 you make over $250,000, we wanna tax you $30 more. If you make $500,000 you’ll pay another $7,500.
I do not believe that will deter anybody from doing anything that is not economically productive. And if we’re gonna save these people $30 on a $1,000 [leave the Bush tax-cuts in place for the top earners] then we’re gonna have to cut environmental clean-up, and we’re not gonna have as many cops and firefighters on the streets. That’ll be the debate next year… That’s the way we’ll put it to people.” - Rep. Barney Frank on MSNBC
This is clearly a winner for the Dems: aggressively campaign on a progressive agenda, like Rep. Frank is calling for. If sold in the right way, the American people would eat it up. Then, with that mandate from the electorate, enact said policies. Sounds relatively simple, right? The problem? Corruption. Cushy private sector jobs will not be waiting for those who manage their political careers like that. A seat on the board of Halliburton will not be waiting if they happen to lose reelection or retire. A high-paying lobbyist gig will not be offered. Cynical, I know. But when winning strategies like the one Rep. Frank is espousing are not used, then what other conclusion am I left?
I know, I know, but I can’t help myself. I will have the popcorn ready at 7:55.