Quacking Like a Duck

Today the United States Senate broke with 200+ years of tradition, and not in a good way. By a vote of 40 to 58, they failed to invoke cloture in the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense. That’s fancy Senate-speak for not being able to force an up and down vote on the nomination. Cloture votes typically occur when Senate is trying to overcome a filibuster by the minority. According to Senator Graham, this wasn’t really a filibuster, just a delay.

Looks like, quacks like, you know the rest.

Six Republican senators, including John McCain and previous Marketing Dept. inductee, Lindsey Graham, claimed they would not support a filibuster. Four of them, including McCain and Graham, then went back on their word.

Thanks to the following persons, the Senate went into recess on a historic low.1.

Lamar Alexander (R) Tennessee
Kelly Ayotte (R) New Hampshire
John Barrasso (R) Wyoming
Roy Blunt (R) Missouri
John Boozman (R) Arizona
Richard Burr (R) North Carolina
Saxby Chambliss (R) Georgia
Daniel Coats (R) Indiana
Tom Coburn (R) Oklahoma
Bob Corker (R) Tennessee
John Cornyn (R) Texas
Mike Crapo (R) Idaho
Ted Cruz (R) Texas
Michael B. Enzi (R) Wyoming
Deb Fischer (R) Nebraska
Jeff Flake (R) Arizona
Lindsey Graham (R) South Carolina
Chuck Grassley (R) Iowa
Dean Heller (R) Nevada
John Hoeven (R) North Dakota

James M. Inhofe (R) Nebraska
Johnny Isakson (R) Georgia
Ron Johnson (R) Wisconsin
Mark Kirk (R) Illinois
Mike Lee (R) Utah
John McCain (R) Arizona
Mitch McConnell (R) Kentucky
Jerry Moran (R) Kansas
Rand Paul (R) Kentucky
Bob Portman (R) Ohio
James E. Risch (R) Idaho
Pat Roberts (R) Kansas
Marco Rubio (R) Florida
Tim Scott (R) South Carolina
Jeff Sessions (R) Alabama
Richard C. Shelby (R) Alabama
John Thune (R) South Dakota
Patrick J. Toomey (R) Pennsylvania
Roger F. Wicker (R) Missouri

While every on this list qualifies as Kneebiter, I believe that, for being a two-faced liar when he could have prevented this nonsense, John McCain joins his buddy Senator Graham in the Marketing Dept. of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation.

  1. Harry Reid opposed the filibuster but changed his vote to support it as a procedural matter for reasons that probably no one outside the Senate understands []

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