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First reactions to President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense…

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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

“On what planet do you spend most of your time? Ma’am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to have an argument with a dining room table — I have no interest in doing it.”
— Town hall meetings about health-care reform in 2009 were growing heated, with lawmakers often the target of angry rhetoric. Frank, however, wasn’t about to put up with it. Asked by a woman about Obama’s “Nazi” politics, he answered in typical form.

It’s all about the Benjamins, Barney

“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?

The people Huckabee’s helping
…The group Huckabee’s speaking for, the Iowa Family Policy Center, is a nonprofit that reportedly has received $3 million in federal funds for its work in a government program to strengthen marriages.
 
No need to guess what manner of marriage the Iowa group finds appropriate. Like Huckabee, the Iowa Family Policy Center also has its own political action committee. The PAC is responsible for the image of Rep. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) you see up there, with a report touting “the revelation that homosexuality is arguably more dangerous than smoking.”
 The Maddow Blog

The people Huckabee’s helping

The group Huckabee’s speaking for, the Iowa Family Policy Center, is a nonprofit that reportedly has received $3 million in federal funds for its work in a government program to strengthen marriages.

No need to guess what manner of marriage the Iowa group finds appropriate. Like Huckabee, the Iowa Family Policy Center also has its own political action committee. The PAC is responsible for the image of Rep. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) you see up there, with a report touting “the revelation that homosexuality is arguably more dangerous than smoking.”

 The Maddow Blog