Here’s what Chuck Hagel should do, and I am not kidding about this. He should get up from his seat in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, open his shirt, tear out the shrapnel he’s still carrying around from Vietnam, and throw the bloody fragments in the faces of both Jim Inhofe and Ted Cruz. This is your new “rebranded” Republican party, Senator Cruz, who makes the heart of Chris Cillizza go pitty-pat?
“We do not know, for example, if he received compensation for giving paid speeches at extreme or radical groups. In my view, given the two letters he received, it is a fair inference to assume that he and those handling his nomination assembled that information, assembled his compensation, and the only reasonable inference, I think, is when they assembled it, there was something in there that they did not want to make public. It may be that he spoke at radical or extreme groups or anti-israel groups and accepted financial compensation. We don’t know.”
I have in my hand a list…
Later, after Bill Nelson of Florida called out Cruz for resurrecting Tailgunnner Joe, Inhofe chimed in and (as usual) you could hear the stupid echoing over Chesapeake Bay.
“I want to make one observation,” Inhofe interjected. “I think I wrote down the words Senator [Bill] Nelson was criticizing our senator there for implying that Chuck Hagel was cozy with terrorist type countries referring to Iran. I’d say he’s endorsed by them. You can’t get any cozier than that.”
I give up. I can’t imagine why the president hasn’t “reached across the aisle” more.
Peter Sinclair reports on Michael Mann’s effort to get National Review to retract and apologize for smearing Mann by associating him with Jerry Sandusky. If that’s not defamation I don’t know what is.
In response the latest in vile and disgusting attacks on climate science and scientists, Paleo-Climate expert Mike Mann today served the once-long-ago-useful-now-ridiculous National Review with the letter demanding a retraction and apology. The letter can be viewed below, or on Mike’s Facebook page, where you may choose to spread it around.
Part of the offensive piece, which compares Dr. Mann to sexual predator Jerry Sandusky, is reproduced here.
Read the rest at Climate Denial Crock of the Week