"DOBBS: That has a ring to it, doesn't it?
Catchy, indeed, and entirely made up from a false rumor created out of a joking question. The rumor spread quickly because the right-wing media machine wanted to promote a falsehood for political purposes. No one in that machine bothered to check out the story.
The Senate hearings on Chuck Hagel's nomination as defense secretary will resume next week. The Armed Services Committee has approved the nomination on a party line vote, 14 to 12.
Democratic leaders in the Senate want to present the nomination before Wednesday, February 27, to the full Senate for a final confirmation.
Opponents of Hagel on the Republican side of the aisle continue to mumble against a wounded Viet Nam veteran with extensive government and business experience, purely on spurious grounds.
Hagel's chief adversaries, John McCain and Lindsay Graham, appear however, to have given up any further thought of a filibuster against Hagel.
The sooner the better. The obvious fakery of the charges leveled against Hagel exposes the pettiness of Hagel's opponents, both in the right wing media and in the increasingly hard-right leadership of the Republican party.
The photo of former Senator Hagel (above) is by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.
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