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Old 02-06-2013, 10:56 AM   #22
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We wonít know what the final confirmation vote tally will be, but by my count there are at least 20 Republicans that will definitely vote against Hagel and there are only two definite Republican yeas. Even if all of the remaining Republicans voted to confirm, that would still mean that nearly half of the Senators from Hagelís own party are voting the other way. It isnít surprising when the presidentís opposition votes in large numbers against a nominee from the presidentís party, but in this case Republicans are going out of their way to repudiate one of their own mostly because he is not enough of a jingoist and saber-rattler. Hagel will almost certainly be confirmed, but along the way Senate Republicans are confirming everyone elseís worst fears about their foreign policy views.
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