Sen. Ted Cruz was one of three senators to vote against the confirmation of Sen. John Kerry as Secretary of State today. In a statement, Cruz said he opposed Kerry because of his “less-than-vigorous” defense of U.S. security interests.

Paul Begala was among the first to question Cruz’ right to vote against someone he didn’t think was right for the job by going after Cruz’ status as a non-veteran. Begala flubbed the video game reference, though.

So, were only senators who have served allowed to vote on the confirmation? Or were non-veterans allowed to vote “yes,” but not “no”? How does this work, exactly?

About those medals…

  • Melissa Banowski Anger

    Well then Paul…what branch did Dear Leader Obama serve in that makes him so qualified to be Commander in Chief? Hmm…I’m waiting. Moron!

    • $2160486

      Except Obama didn’t question the military bona fides of anyone, did he?

      • TocksNedlog

        So, you agree with the contention that those that did not serve have no moral right to criticize those that did serve?

      • http://www.facebook.com/noah.lee3 Noah Lee

        did Senator Cruz question Senator Kerry’s military bona fides?! i must’ve missed that news item. He was questioning Senator Kerry’s vigorous defense of United States interests. Kerry was Arafat’s number one stooge until ’04. that, and that alone should be reason enough to vote “No”.

      • http://www.facebook.com/noah.lee3 Noah Lee

        i don’t think senator cruz was questioning Kerry’s military bona fides. He was questioning Kerry’s defense of United States interests.

      • http://twitter.com/SmartGrunt Smart Grunt

        As a veteran, I think John Kerry is a piece of shit.

    • $2160486

      Except Obama didn’t question the military bona fides of anyone, did he?

  • http://twitter.com/who_me_too RadicalRebelWhoMeToo

    “earned” is debatable.

  • Guest

    Obama “earned” the Nobel Peace Prize, the same as Kerry “earned” medals for valor.

  • Jack Deth

    Question(s) for Paul Begala:

    How much does Kerry pay you to fluff and cheer lead for him?

    And does your forehead get in the way?

  • http://twitter.com/WereWatchingGOP Verity Media

    These geniuses are laughable…if they weren’t in such positions of influence. The political version of the “Peter principle”…

  • Gallatin

    Every republican should have voted no.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GPKINCUOPQI3P2JM5PGIDBS56M Sharon

      I absolutely agree. Hooray for Sen. Cruz. Kerry was revealed for what he is when he ran against Bush. Why is it that the wealthy are reviled by the libs until it is one of their own?

      • Garth Haycock

        Why? Because progressives believe that it’s only wrong when a conservative does or says anything.

    • ceemack

      I think Cruz only voted “no” because there isn’t an “Oh, my God…you’ve GOT to be kidding me!” button.

    • ceemack

      I think Cruz only voted “no” because there isn’t an “Oh, my God…you’ve GOT to be kidding me!” button.

  • TEXANONLY

    DO NOT MESS WITH TEXAS AND TED CRUZ!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GPKINCUOPQI3P2JM5PGIDBS56M Sharon

      I hope we can replace the RINO with a real conservative like Cruz.

  • Gallatin

    Well okay then pauly I’ll use your logic, let me know when the clown in the White House has accomplished something noteworthy. Heck let me know when you accomplish something to talk about.

    • http://twitter.com/crazytas1 ricci

      he cleaned up the stain from Monicas dress after bill was done…..does that count as noteworthy

      • Gallatin

        “At this point what does it matter that there is a stain on a blue dress in the oval office?” “We’ve got a stain!!” “It’s my job to help cover it up so someday I can be President!”

  • http://twitter.com/crazytas1 ricci

    i bet Paul would have preferred Hanoi Jane to have gotten the job seeing as shes as qualified as John Kerry is to be secretary as state

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Hey, Forehead! Since John Kerry has never released his complete Service Record, and it was altered after he got into politics, we only know that he WORE those awards.

    What we DO KNOW is that while still on active duty, he held private negotiations in Paris, with representatives of North Vietnam, while we were still fighting them. I believe that is against the law, the UCMJ and borderline treasonous.

    But heck, you worked for a convicted perjurer and probable serial rapist, so we know you have no standards.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

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  • nc

    I swear I first read Begala’s tweeter remark as “World of Welfare.”

    • http://twitter.com/who_me_too RadicalRebelWhoMeToo

      Me TOO!!! XD

  • paulainsc

    A vote for John Kerry is a vote for Hanoi Jane Fonda. It’s a slap in the face to our Troops currently serving.

  • http://ConservativeMom.net/ LoriGirl

    BOTH of my Senators did not vote for Ghengiss Kerry Khan. Damn, it’s good to be a Texan.

    • annoyinglittletwerp

      I was in Chicago on Monday. It was my first time back since we moved to Texas almost 2 years ago. Despite my Cubs scarf and still fairly strong Chicago accent… felt like a spy trapped being enemy lines. ‘God is Good…God is great…Thank you God…for the LONE STAR STAR STATE!’

    • annoyinglittletwerp

      I was in Chicago on Monday. It was my first time back since we moved to Texas almost 2 years ago. Despite my Cubs scarf and still fairly strong Chicago accent… felt like a spy trapped being enemy lines. ‘God is Good…God is great…Thank you God…for the LONE STAR STAR STATE!’

  • George Washington Mclintock

    No, Ted Cruz has never been in the military, But, he hasn’t spent 3 decades building a career in politics by marginalizing the armed forces in the national discourse. belittling their sacrifices, and slandering their efforts So, I’ll bet America’s vets if are polled, they’d would be cool with Ted Cruz, less so with John The Appeaser. And if you’re going to call someone a chickenhawk Begala, have the decency to do so based on your own experience in an AO, not the cushy confines of Capitol Hill. Or at least have the gear to @ Ted Cruz on twitter. Because you just just comes off as a chicken going clucking about chicken hawks.

  • Peyton

    I feel bad for all these people that think Obama’s time in the Choom gang counts as militiary service.

    • TocksNedlog

      Gives a new meaning to “Joint Chief of Staff”.

  • Peyton

    I feel bad for all these people that think Obama’s time in the Choom gang counts as militiary service.

  • Samh09

    What Begala said is no big surprise to me. He always opens up his mouth and shoves his foot right in it.

  • Samh09

    What Begala said is no big surprise to me. He always opens up his mouth and shoves his foot right in it.

  • klaus

    Their Hero Bill Clinton nor their God Obama ever served in the military yet somehow they got placed in the position to be Commander In Chief of the Sevices they so despised. Didn’t hear any of the left wingnuts gripe, scream or complain about that!

  • TocksNedlog

    The vote was 94 to 3
    And Begala is bitching about the 3?
    They really don’t like it when everybody doesn’t think alike, do they?

  • SideTraKd

    So, are we to say that people who haven’t served aren’t allowed to disagree with people who have served now? Because I guarantee that wouldn’t go well for the libtards.

  • Dick Beninya

    so all those limp d!cks who never lifted a finger to defend the USA and whined about Dubya are all INVALID

  • Dick Beninya

    so all those limp d!cks who never lifted a finger to defend the USA and whined about Dubya are all INVALID