Chuck Hagel confirmed; ‘There’s no such thing as too dumb for Secretary of Defense’; Update: Roll call, Carney tweets

That certainly proved true today. The Senate voted on confirming the bumbling and inept buffoon Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense moments ago.

Alas, that evidently makes no difference. Incompetent? Well, that’s just par for the course now.


The reaction was swift and full of disgust.

Indeed. Now we have the Secretary of Dunce John Kerry and his “smart” diplomacy, and the bumbling Zen of Chuck Hagel.




And the roll call. On the cloture vote:

And on the confirmation vote:

Press secretary Carney tweets:

Twitter users take him to task.

It’s to be expected from an administration that uses our men and women in uniform as props.

Update: Post has been corrected to clarify the two votes: Cloture and final vote on confirmation. 

  • Maxx

    Secretary of Duh-Fense.

    First Kerry and now Hagel?

    Congrats libs…we’ve finally got our sequel to “Dumb and Dumber.”

    • Patrick Dennehy

      Next shoe to drop is Brennan

    • b_truit

      Aahahahha made my day! Duh-fense…smh haha

  • The First Lady ; D

    Pray for Israel!!

    • Mario Leone

      Really? I’m not a fan of Hagel but the Israel love-fest among the neoconservatives is ridiculous. We need to get back to a traditional, conservative foreign policy.

      • FranklinWasRight

        We are at war, whether we like it or not there are people armed with nuclear weapons who want to kill us.

      • SpinMeNot

        you are aware of the fact that most of the recent high tech innovations with regard to computers, software, networking, and materials are coming out of R&D centers in Israel? Some 600 US corporations have R&D centers there.

        Traditional conservative foreign policy is exactly what support of Israel is about. Supporting a lone republic (or democracy if you want to be imprecise) in an area controlled by tribal monarchies and Islamic-Fascist states.

        There is a huge economic linkage between the US and Israel outside of defense.

      • Jillane Kent

        One shouldn’t wish the best for an ally?
        Do I have your permission to wish for the continued safety of my relatives who reside there or would I get the dreaded (by dreaded, I really mean tired and pedantic) “neocon” label from you?

      • John (it true me am)

        “We need to get back to a traditional, conservative foreign policy.”

        Shall I read this as “We need to return to a non existant time of American isolationism that Ron Paul told me to like.”?
        Seriously though, Israel is one of our greatest allies and people want to leave them to the wolves. Nothing neo-con about not wanting that to happen.

        • Mario Leone

          I’m not a supporter of isolationism. My foreign policy views are more in line with Rand than with Ron. It’s just that I don’t have my finger on the ‘bomb Iran’ button that many Republicans seem to have. Were you guys complaining when Republicans voted against Kosovo intervention in the late 90s? Or when Bush complained about every Clinton intervention and said he wouldn’t have done them?

          • Matthew Morris

            You mean invading a soverign nation without any international resolutions and not in violation of a cease fire? You mean splitting off part of that soverign nation despite saying it wouldn’t be allowed? Yeah, I opposed Kosovo then and now. Nice try.

          • John (it true me am)

            I agreed with some, disagreed with others. Though if I recall the Bush “complaints” were about not seeking congressional approval, not the actions themselves.

            But regardless, it’s Apples and Oranges with outright protecting an ally under imminent threat.

  • Steve_J

    No such thing as to dumb for Secretary of State either.

  • Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    Obama is getting his anti-Israel team on the field, and the worst, Brennan, is coming up.

  • Lady 12

    I thought Hagel was supposed to be blocked until there were more answers about Benghazi.

  • Michelle

    Palestine and Iran are celebrating.

    • annoyinglittletwerp

      Iran might be celebrating, but the other place is imaginary. Just sayin’.

    • V the K

      And the American Left who hate the United States and our Military are also celebrating. MSDNC is at Level 5 Smug Alert.

    • no_more_deceit
      • Michelle

        I thought it’s Reps who are in bed with big oil and Dems who are in bed with the unions? I never can keep it straight. Didn’t the left scream that Big Oil was Bush’s best friend? And now others are saying Big Oil is Barry’s best friend? Not everyone or everything associated with the oil industry is bad, evil and corrupt. But then, my opinion could be bias on the matter considering I work in importing the stuff. 😉

  • KayGee

    No such thing as too dumb to be on the congressional committee on science either.

  • Tangchung

    I’m not a big drinker but kinda getting into a rum and coke marathon mode. If Boehner folds on sequester I might go to Colorado to get a joint to go with the rum and coke.

    • Guest

      Don’t. Conservatives need to keep clear-headed so we can keep fighting to protect America from the nitwits in government.

      • Tangchung

        Yes good point, but there are times when wine,women and song are needed prior to another battle.

      • CatHerder

        Are we going to replay Serenity Valley then? The ‘doomed hero’ makes a good story line, but we need to gain control of the choice of battlefield.

    • WisconsinPatriot

      Do not forget the twist of lime……..its the first thing to go during a bender and, that just shouldn’t be.

  • Krazy Kent

    We have officially crossed the threshold into 3rd world stature.
    As Obama promised, he transformed the country.
    I’ll holla later on, I gotta go collect mud and sticks and get to work on my “hut”. If anyone has any scrap sheet metal, please let me know. It helps keep the rain out.

    • Raye09

      “Hope and Change”, well you are right, things have changed, for the worst, and we can only hope that we make it through 2016 disaster-free.

  • Spatial Awareness

    “Senate confirmation of decorated war vet Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense is great news for our men & women in uniform. @PressSec” -And by “Great News” you mean they are F-CKED.

  • GTJessop

    Hey @twitchyteam, you still need to fix your pesky thumbnail problem for Facebook…

  • Jefferson Tea Party


  • SJ’s Dad

    Ah . . . Ummm . . . .could you repeat the question, I was, Ah . . . Ummm . . . not . . .Ah . . . Um . . prepared for Ah . . Ummm . .
    ( . . . anything beyond janitorial detail much less Sec’y of State!!!-)

  • *✿*Blueburb*✿*

    On a roller coaster ride into third world country status.

  • operanerd1986

    Several of these Tweets mentioned that Rand Paul voted yay; however, the official Senate record that Mark Levin linked to says that Paul voted nay.

    • Michelle

      A spokesperson from Paul’s office is releasing statements to the media explaining why Paul voted yay.

    • FranklinWasRight

      He voted Nay to end the debate, then he voted Yea to confirm the nomination. Very strange…

      • operanerd1986

        Thank you for the clarification. Sorry to see that he did in fact, vote to confirm Hagel.

    • William J. Miller

      Levin posted the vote on cloture (the more important of the two, actually. Cloture let confirmation vote go forward), which Paul voted against. Then Paul turned around and voted to confirm Hagel.

  • SpinMeNot

    I’m glad to see that the Senate is exercising their right to be stupid. John Kerry should be proud of them.

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    I guess the all-important Farrakhan endorsement wrapped it up for him.

  • Peyton

    Chuck Hagel, the only guy who didn’t realize John Kerry made up Kyrzakhstan.

  • kim

    gee, maybe we can watch him ‘illegally’ sell Iran the nukes they need to take out Isreal instead of waiting on them to develop the nukes.
    Yet again, we need to vote out all of them.

  • kim

    Dumb and Dumber?
    Thelma and Louise.
    Abbott and Costello
    Two of the three stooges with Hilary

  • $6565218

    Hagel is a tool, but then again. I know it is not the most reliable but according to Wikipedia…

    “He [Hagel] also served as a Chairman and was CEO of American Information Systems Inc. (AIS), later known as Election Systems & Software, a computerized voting machine manufacturer jointly owned by McCarthy Group, LLC and the Omaha World-Herald company.[22][24] On March 15, 1995, Hagel resigned from the board of AIS as he intended to run for office.[25] Michael McCarthy, the parent company’s founder, was Hagel’s campaign treasurer.[26] Until at least 2003, he retained between $1 million and $5 million in stock in Election Systems & Software’s parent company, the McCarthy Group.[27]”

    He may have resigned and gotten rid of his stock but that does not mean he does not have an interest in a former business. Any questions about the precincts that had 100% voting rates for Obama?

  • Raye09

    I give up, washington is full of idiots and jackasses who don’t give a damn about anoyone but themselves. This is a travesty, not only was Hagel’s incompetence pathetic, it was downright scary.
    Thank You Obama and most of washington, for showing the world you can be an idiot and still be a politician.

  • JustLikeAnimals

    Hagel is proof-positive of John Kerry’s comments today in Germany: “In America you have the right to be stupid.”

    Chuck Hagel: Living the dream.