McCain signs off on Hagel nomination

His decision was part practical politics, part sentimentality. The two men were close in the Senate, having both served in Viet Nam, and saw eye to eye on other issues as well. But ultimately, McCain counted noses and realized an attempt to filibuster the nomination would probably fail. Politico: Sen. John McCain appears to have cleared the way Monday for Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense. The Arizona Republican, who has been a prominent voice in the debate over Hagel, said Monday he would oppose any attempt to filibuster the nomination, likely dooming any attempt by Senate conservatives to sustain a protracted procedural fight to delay Hagel's confirmation. "I do not believe that we should filibuster," McCain told POLITICO. "To vote against is entirely the judgment of each individual senator, but a filibuster I think would be inappropriate." Asked if he would vote for cloture if a filibuster were mounted, McCain answered, "Yes." The White House and...(Read Full Post)