Oy. Via TP.
Has anyone else ever heard anything about Chuck Hagel's temperament before today? This is the first I've gotten wind of the issue, and from the way George Stephanopoulos responded, he was surprised, too. But on “This Week,” GOP Sen. Bob Corker, ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, seemed to think we should be concerned about it:
"... Just his overall temperament and is he suited to run a department or a big agency or a big entity like the Pentagon."
"I think there are numbers of staffers who are coming forth now just talking about the way he has dealt with them. I have, certainly questions, about a lot of things.”
However, despite the alleged complaints from staffers, Corker doesn't necessarily feel this could disqualify Chuck Hagel.
He went on to say:
“I begin all of these confirmation processes with an open mind. I did have a good relationship with him. I had a good conversation with him this week. But I think this is one where people are going to be listening to what he has to say, me in particular … especially some of the positions he’s taken generally speaking about our nuclear posture.”
Hey chums! Want to join me in some fun? Check out how jittery the Tea Tantrumers are getting.
Via an e-mail, with the subject line: Urgent! Bailout Bob is at it again.
A message to all members of Tea Party Nation
Bailout Bob Corker, (RINO-TN) is at it againThe liberals have three major agendas they want passed this year. The first was health care, the second is financial overhaul and the third is cap and tax.While the liberals were able to take over 1/6 of the economy with healthcare, they are now trying to take over the remaining 5/6 with "financial reform" legislation.This bill, written by Chris "Countrywide" Dodd, is a permanent bail out of the financial sector. It provides for advance funding for government take overs of banks. Although Corker denies this, it is a permanent bailout.Until now, all 41 Republican Senators had stood firm, providing a filibuster that the liberals could not break. Now, that is changing. Corker has been signaling his willingness to work with Chris Dodd. This bill does nothing for the American people. It will only allow the government to control even more of our economy.Corker needs to hear from all of us, regardless of whether you live in Tennessee. Call his offices as soon as you can and tell him not to compromise with Chris Dodd, and not to support this "financial reform."Nashville 615-279-8125
Washington DC 202-224-3344
Send this email to your friends and encourage them to call Corker's offices. The Obama/Pelosi/Reid axis of fiscal evil are on the move again and Bailout Bob Corker is the one vote that could stop this.
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Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) is nearing a deal with Sen. Bob Corker (R.-Tenn.) to propose the creation of a consumer protection authority housed inside the Federal Reserve, according to three sources familiar with the negotiations.
This would be whatcha call a major breakthrough in negotiations.
Originally, Chris Dodd and Bob Corker wanted an independent agency, one that could write, as well as enforce, rules that would protect consumers.
This is the compromise:
The proposed regulator would be appointed by the president, with a dedicated source of funding and the power to write rules, but enforcement of those rules would remain the responsibility of banking regulators.
I love the way they act like all this is so "unprecedented". You freaks voted to deny a woman a right to redress and it's Franken that's being mean? I'm only excerpting part, go read the whole thing for their foot stomping hissy fits. Oh, and Senator Franken got "heated" in a discussion? What a bunch of weepy hothouse flowers, clutching pearls and all.
Republican senators feel burned by Al Franken — and not by his old jokes.
The Republicans are steamed at Franken because partisans on the left are using a measure he sponsored to paint them as rapist sympathizers — and because Franken isn’t doing much to stop them.
“Trying to tap into the natural sympathy that we have for this victim of this rape —and use that as a justification to frankly misrepresent and embarrass his colleagues, I don’t think it’s a very constructive thing,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said in an interview.
In a chamber where relationship-building is seen as critical, some GOP senators question whether Franken’s handling of the amendment could damage his ability to work across the aisle. Soon after Tennessee GOP Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander co-wrote an op-ed in a local newspaper defending their votes against the Franken measure, the Minnesota Democrat confronted each senator separately to dispute their column — and grew particularly angry in a tense exchange with Corker.
People familiar with the Corker exchange say it was heated and ended abruptly — a sharp departure from the norm on the usually clubby Senate floor.
At issue is an amendment to the Pentagon spending bill that would bar “future and existing” federal contracts to defense contractors and subcontractors “at any tier” who mandate employees go through a company’s arbitration process for workplace discrimination claims — including claims of sexual assault. The measure passed 68-30, with 10 Republicans voting yes and 30 voting no.
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