Letter to the Editor: Real motive
BY Sonia Sniderman, Tulsa
Monday, February 25, 2013
2/25/13 at 8:39 AM
Like Alice, a step through the Republican "Looking Glass" is required to understand politics. "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less." Sen. James Inhofe would agree. He demands a 60-vote approval on the nomination of Chuck Hagel but scornfully rejects the term "filibuster" to describe a 60-vote threshold ("Senate GOP blocks Hagel vote," Feb. 15).
From the reality side of the looking glass, it would appear that right wing Senate members are filibustering the nomination of a highly qualified nominee for defense secretary at a time when the nation is still engaged in war in Afghanistan. This is an action that is not only unprecedented but also unpatriotic.
Inhofe doesn't really object to the former Republican senator and Vietnam vet. He just sees an opportunity to shake down the president. He and his fellow obstructionists demand more information on the Benghazi attack before they will confirm Hagel.
Here, on the real world side of the glass, that's called blackmail. The Senate hearings on Benghazi have not satisfied Sen. Inhofe's craving for some sensational tidbit. He is not interested in learning what actually took place in Benghazi. He is motivated to unearth some blame that can be painted all over President Obama. He and his fellow Republicans yearn to shout, like the Red Queen, "Off with his head. Off with his head."
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