McCain: Incompetence Is No Disqualifier

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Michael Rubin @ Commentary:

Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Senator John McCain signaled that he would no longer hold up his former colleague Chuck Hagel’s nomination after Congress returns. “I don’t believe he is qualified,” Mr. McCain said. “But I don’t believe that we should hold up his nomination any further because I think it’s a reasonable amount of time to have questions answered.”

McCain’s answer does more to sum up what’s wrong with partisanship, comity, and how senators treat national security than any other recent comment. When a cabinet nominee comes before the Senate, senators should consider any number of factors. Before deference to the president’s choice, friendship, or consideration of that nominee’s past or present statements, one question should be considered disqualifying, and that is the question of competence.

What McCain is, in effect, saying is that he has no personal or professional problem with putting an incompetent man in charge not only of America’s defense but also—because of what falls under the Pentagon’s umbrella—most of America’s intelligence assets as well.

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Curt served in the Marine Corps for four years and has been a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles for the last 24 years.

4 Responses to “McCain: Incompetence Is No Disqualifier”

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    bike mike

    Someday future historians will look back on these days and statements with total wonderment of just how stupid a once great country could become.

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    MOS 8541

    What do you expect for a senator? Nothing of importance. mc. needs to retire. Wonder who is dumber, him of biden? Maybe mc. can be the dumb poster boy for the republicans. Cann’t hurt, they are so far in the toilet only a miracle will work. mc., nancy, and biden-three stooges? Think about it for a moment-it would work.

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    It’s no wonder people are getting fed up with the Republican Party, with McLame as a shining example of what’s wrong with it. I believe he’s used up his Hero credits, he’s now just a lame Congress Critter that needs to go.

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