The AP reports that Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) said he will vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, despite the fact that he joined the filibuster against Hagel last week. So, what changed his mind? Meh.
“He’s probably as good as we’re going to get,” Shelby told the Decatur (Ala.) Daily.
The vote isn’t until next week, so perhaps it’s not to late to change Shelby’s mind again. You can reach his office by calling (202) 224-5744. The good people of Alabama are encouraged to call often. His email information can be found here.
Here’s the thing, even if one is to disregard Hagel’s pro-Iran, anti-Isreal record, his abysmal showing at his confirmation hearing should be enough for any thinking senator to vote against him. Is this really the guy they want running the Department of Defense? The man is without a clue.