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SNL VIDEO: The Hagel confirmation hearing we didn't see. The "fellating a donkey" mention might be why we didn't.

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Saturday Night Live goes all out and skewers Senate Republicans in an unaired spoof of the grilling Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel got during his confirmation hearings on CSPAN. It was cut from the show at the last minute, but thanks to the Internets, we get to see an SNL Moment of Utterly Inane, and Not Yet Ready for Prime or Late Night Time Hilarity.

We see the GOP bickering, grandstanding, and falling all over themselves to compete over who loves Israel the mostest of all.

Before you know it, they go skidding into full-on SNLvision as John McCain demands to know whether or not Hagel would go on national television and-- wait for it-- "fellate a donkey if the survival of Israel were at stake."

Yes he says that.

but wait there's more

The Republicans then try to outdo each other to prove they would all have oral sex with a donkey-- or maybe a mule, since donkeys might be castrated-- if it meant a secure Israel.

Of course, Lindsey Graham says he'd "do it in a second, but then I grew up on a farm, so..."

And yes, tea bagging made its way into the sketch.

But you haven't lived until you've seen Fred Armisen stifling a laugh while doing his hilarious impression of Senator Bernie Sanders.

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You're welcome.

Huge h/t: Taegan

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Just what we need: Big money gets in on Cabinet nomination fights

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Citizens United, you suck. I can't put it more starkly than that, although I could easily launch into an unprintable rant. Instead, I'll share an L.A. Times article that I ran across today that tells about more big donors with more money than most of us will see in our lifetimes are pouring more of their more money into more political fights and more candidates.

That's a whole lotta mores.

This anti-democratic practice is now sliming its way into supporting and opposing Cabinet nominees. One deep-pocketed backer of Chuck Hagel's (associates don't believe he knows Hagel personally, nor do they think he has any business ties to the defense industry) got involved after he saw all the attacks coming Hagel's way.

So what's a rich guy to do? Buy the nominee a Cabinet post, what else?

L.A. Times:

Bill Benter, a prolific donor to Democrats and liberal groups who keeps a low public profile, financed an ad campaign by a group of centrist national security veterans who hailed Hagel's "bipartisanship and independence of conscience and mind."

Benter's backing of Hagel, who will appear Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, comes as a small number of extremely rich donors are increasingly engaging in independent efforts to shape national politics. [...]

The intense fight over Hagel spotlights how wealthy interests are seeking to shape policy even beyond campaigns and traditional lobbying.

Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, which advocates for campaign finance reform, said, "Obviously, anyone who spends huge amounts of money to advocate for a Cabinet official is going to have a reasonable expectation of special access to that person."

This system of trying to purchase our officials hasn't served us well, and will only result in more corruption.

As you can see, I'm an equal opportunity smacker-downer of people using their wealth to buy influence. Benter is pro-lib, but that does not justify what he did nor what has been going on since the Supreme Court's terrible 2010 ruling.

And now it's spreading to Cabinet picks.

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Live Streaming Video- John Kerry's Secretary of State Senate Confirmation Hearing 10:00a EST

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VIDEO: John McCain jokes about "mercilessly interrogating, waterboarding" John Kerry at confirmation hearing

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John McCain via CBS:

"We look forward to interrogating him at his hearing next week, mercilessly..."

"We will bring back, for the only time, waterboarding to get the truth out of him."

The above lame attempt at wit (or in his case, half wit) by John McCain occurred during a press conference on Syria. He was referring to his conversation with Sen. John Kerry regarding his confirmation hearing next week. Of course, McCain was a prisoner of war who has experienced torture, so he's sure to get a pass on this particular brand of what passes for humor.

I'm sure BushCo is in stitches. Who writes his material, Dick Cheney?

Added: Let's not forget this previous episode of McCain's sidesplitting hijinx:

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Senator Leahy: Kagan hearings start in June

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I've got my fingers crossed that he gets two more appointments here in his first term, so let's get this one done and over.

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman says his panel will hold confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan starting June 28.

Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont said Wednesday the schedule should allow the hearings to be completed before senators go home for a weeklong break in early July.

That would put the Senate on track to meet President Barack Obama's timetable of voting on Kagan's confirmation before the Senate's August recess.

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