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How Dare Obama Force Republicans To Confirm Two Nominees?

Useless pundits opine. Republicans are very, very angry and Obama has a lot of nerve asking them to consider an Attorney General and Secretary of Defense at the same time.
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Andrea Mitchell had Ruth Marcus and Chris Cillizza on to gnash over Chuck Hagel's confirmation. But I fail to understand her logic here.

Speaking about the prospects for Hagel's replacement, Marcus says "We have a very important pending nomination before the Senate in the form of an Attorney General nominee."

And then it gets weird.

"So now you have the President with two big asks of the Senate. Two critical positions, having just royally annoyed them...with his immigration move. How does that all go together?"

Welcome to the land of the village, where fee-fees get injured because one party chooses not to govern, and so leaves stopgap measures in the hands of the President, so now it's time for them to stomp their tiny little hooves and have a hissy rather than doing what the US constitution requires them to do as a matter of duty?

WTF is the matter with these people?

Andrea Mitchell, on the other hand, thinks Hagel was Obama's "wingman" and was somehow protecting him with Republicans. If he was protecting him, all I can say is I'd choose to wing it on my own. Even Marcus didn't buy that one, saying that "it used to be a good buddy movie but it never worked out that way."

Nobody cares about whether Hagel and Obama like each other or not, or whether Senate fee-fees are in a twist over the immigration order. No one, that is, but these Villagers, who are very, very concerned about the "game."

This is the "poisoning the well" game. The not-so-subtle message is that President Obama will now have to fight over nominees because he issued executive orders on immigration.

As if, somehow, he wouldn't have had that fight with or without executive action. Is there ever a time where they stop pretending there are reasonable Republicans in Washington, DC who just want to govern?

Please, just give it up, Villagers. Tell some truth for a change.


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