One by one the three legged-stool of the Reagan coalition is being dismantled. There are elements of the Republicans Party that have given up on every last issue that is important to conservatives. Until this year, taxes and guns were two domestic issues that united all Republicans. Now that consensus is gone. But what about foreign policy. Don’t we all stand for a strong national defense? Despite the wide array of views on foreign policy strategy, can’t we all agree that Chuck Hagel is not qualified to serve as Secretary of Defense?
Not only is Hagel supported by Iran because of his sympathies to their proxies – Hezbollah and Hamas – he is aligned with Global Zero, a group that seeks unilateral disarmament. Aside for his views, everyone agrees that there is nothing in his background to suggest that he has the ability to run the larges government department.
One would think that GOP opposition would be a no-brainer. Last week, Susan Collins, Thad Cochran, Mike Johanns and Lisa Murkowski voted for cloture on his nomination. Orrin Hatch voted present. Democrats came up just 2 votes short to break the filibuster. Now, there are reports that Richard Shelby (AL) and Deb Fischer (Neb) – yes, the so-called Tea Party freshman – plan to vote for Hagel. The truth is that even those who voted no have already committed to ending the filibuster, as suggested by McCain last week.
Today, 15 GOP Senators sent a letter to Obama requesting that he withdraw Hagel’s nomination: Sens. Cornyn, Inhofe (R-OK), Graham (R-SC), Wicker (R-MS), Vitter (R-LA), Cruz (R-TX), Lee (R-UT), Toomey (R-PA), Rubio (R-FL), Coats (R-IN), R. Johnson (R – WI), Risch (R-ID), Barrasso (R-WY), Coburn (R-OK), Scott (R-SC).”
Please call the remaining 30 Republicans and ask them to sign on.