The focus of Scarborough’s ire this morning on his MSNBC show Morning Joe was Sen. Lindsey Graham’s announcement on Sunday that he will place a hold on not only Hagel, but also CIA Director-nominee John Brennan until he gets further action from the White House on Benghazi.
Scarborough lashed out at Graham and his neoconservative cohorts, unable to believe how misguided their attacks on the Obama administration have been:
SCARBOROUGH: If you’ve got a working class guy who has voted Republican every four years and he turns on the Sunday shows and he’s flipping around the channels and he sees Republicans in February still talking about Benghazi, saying they’re going to hold up the picks for secretary of defense and CIA director for something that happened back in the fall, and they are continuing on this…to hold up this and talk about it on Sunday morning, it’s a colossal mistake.
Watch the takedown here:
Graham has been seeking out “the truth” on the attack in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead for months now, despite an ample amount of facts already having been uncovered. A Cabinet nominee has never been filibustered by the Senate, leaving Graham’s threat in a position to make history.
Also at issue on Morning Joe today was former Vice President Dick Cheney at a speech in Wyoming referring to Obama’s second term national security team as being “second-rate.” Scarborough was unsurprised by Cheny’s statements, given his neoconservative stances. “You’d expect him to not like Chuck Hagel, for the same reasons I want a guy like Chuck Hagel in, because he’s more of a realist, and we’ll pull back a little from this neocon position,” Scarborough said.
Republicans have been lining up their kitchen-sink method of obstruction, full of procedural and “substantive” methods to block Hagel’s nomination from coming to a vote. That vote is currently delayed as Senate Armed Services Committee chair Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) has yet to set a date. That is expected to be short-lived, though, as Levin has said GOP demands regarding Hagel “far exceed” that of past nominees and promised a vote soon.