President Obama, Chuck Hagel, and unprecedented GOP obstructionism

Democrats are accusing Republicans of unprecedented obstructionism in blocking Obama nominee Chuck Hagel. John Tower, anyone? Photo: AP

LOS ANGELES, February 19, 2013 — When Republicans temporarily blocked the nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel to become Secretary of Defense, Obama defenders including Harry Reid immediately labeled the GOP action “unprecedented” obstruction. As with many liberal accusations against conservatives during the Obama presidency, the words “unprecedented”  and “historic” are the latest words to be turned on their heads.

Barack Obama is the first biracial President of the United States of America. His election was unprecedented, which on the stage of world events is the same thing as historic. Yet after his election, his every action, no matter how trivial, was described in those terms simply because Obama was the actor. This leads to the false liberal conclusion that something unprecedented is also significant.

Obama’s election was significant. However, his election also meant he would be the first biracial President to eat at the White House dinner table, use Alka Seltzer before bed when necessary (no disrespect to the chefs, even presidents eating the finest of dining occasionally need antacid), and use the White House lavatory facilities. This is all unprecedented, but nobody aside from Chris Matthews and the rest of the MSNBC gang find significance in President Obama’s biracial lavatory trips. He uses the same shower soap as a Caucasian President would.

What happened to Chuck Hagel was the exact opposite of unprecedented. It was typical Washington. Liberals did it to Defense nominee John Tower. Then in a moment of pure poetic justice, the second nominee, easily confirmed, was Dick Cheney. Liberals brought “Borking” into the lexicon a quarter of a century ago. Unlike Hagel, Judge Robert Bork was actually qualified for the job he wanted. Liberals trying to claim that the situations are not 100 percent analogous are trying to split the hairs on Charlie Brown’s head. A President who likes to nominate unqualified people to virtually every major government position is doing so again. The precedent is the last four years. It is typical.

What is significant and historic is Barack Obama being AWOL while Americans were being murdered in Benghazi, covering up the truth, imprisoning an innocent film-maker, and refusing to tell us the truth. Obama is not entitled to an up and down vote on Hagel. He is entitled for once in his life to tell the truth, tell Hagel to stop hiding his background, and then get a vote only after all requested documents are turned over. Obama got elected without being vetted. Republicans have finally decided that this is not going to continue to happen with his nominees.

Republicans are not blocking Hagel for sport. John Kerry was confirmed as Secretary of State by a 94-3 vote. Republicans concluded that a man wanting to run a department that nobody outside of leftist elitists cares about or respects can have anybody running it. The Defense Department runs the military. Defense matters, and Republicans are not going to accept an unqualified nominee just because Obama supporters scream bloody rage every time they do not get their way. Maybe if Obama nominated somebody who was qualified, truthful about his background, and respectful of diverse groups and beliefs, the confirmation process would be smoother.

The only thing unprecedented would be letting Chuck Hagel become Defense Secretary. It is one thing to lower the bar and reduce standards by electing Barack Obama President without requiring a vetting process. If Obama wants to destroy our healthcare and education systems, that can be reversed. The military cannot be a laboratory of social experimentation. It must be run by the very best of the best.

Chuck Hagel is not that man, and it is perfectly reasonable, logical, and downright typical to oppose him. If Obama wants to truly do something unprecedented in his life, he can admit he was wrong, withdraw the nomination, and choose somebody barely acceptable for this most important job.


Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”

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Eric Golub

Eric Golub is a politically conservative Jewish blogger, author, public speaker, and comedian. His book trilogy is “Ideological Bigotry,” “Ideological Violence,” and  “Ideological Idiocy.” 

He is Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1990. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of Judaism, and his MBA from USC. A stockbrokerage professional since 1994, he began blogging on March 11th, 2007, the three year anniversary of the Madrid bombings and the midpoint of 9/11. He has been inflicting his world view on his unfortunate readers since then. He blogs about politics Monday through Friday, and about football and other human interest items on weekends.



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