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Ted Cruz’s Insinuation That Hagel Took Money from Questionable Groups

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 4:05 pm

Here is a story from four days ago:

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, created outrage and controversy during debate in the Senate Armed Services Committee on the nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense over his mentioning that Hagel has been endorsed by Iran.

Cruz also suggested that Hagel had failed to disclose some financial documents and speculated that it means that he may have taken money from extremist groups, lobbyists and defense contractors for paid speeches.

The story says that Cruz has been denounced as engaging in “McCarthyism” for such suggestions.

Not sure why I chose to link this days-old story today, or why I chose to quote those two paragraphs. Just found them interesting, I guess. You know?

46 Responses to “Ted Cruz’s Insinuation That Hagel Took Money from Questionable Groups”

  1. Well, maybe I do know why.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. It is like McCarthy to question whether someone who took $ from groups with extremist views took $ from a group with an extremist view. Or to question whether the person nominated to be Sec of Def has the skills or qualifications to manage the evening shift at your local Arby’s. but, since that doesn’t matter for President, it is a fine idea for Sec Def.

    JD (b63a52)

  3. Well, maybe I do know why.

    Maybe this is related to yesterday’s “Hagel in Big Trouble” post.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  4. Meghan’s coward daddy was particularly incensed I remember

    which, he has like a TON of gravitas

    he’s like the white morgan freeman really

    happyfeet (4bf7c2)

  5. Whittington is very good, at stating the case, why
    do they think so highly of him, perhaps because his contributors, are in part, trading with Iran,

    narciso (3fec35)

  6. What I find interesting about the linked “news” item is it touches on all the controversial and outrageous things that Cruz said, giving at least partial quotes from many of those who are outraged and offended, without once providing any quotes of what Cruz actually said.

    Anon Y. Mous (8ec442)

  7. The Beltway folks are already out to get Ted Cruz. Maybe it’s because he won’t play their little “What difference does it make?” games.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  8. Exhibit “A”, although I don’t think this is about race or gender or even party affiliation. It’s about Warren et al’s willingness to protect the status quo vs Cruz’s unwillingness.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  9. It would be nice if Cruz were vindicated on this, wouldn’t it?

    Thing is, he strikes me as a smart guy. I don’t know that he would go around engaging in such “speculation” without some basis.

    (That said, I think all he said is that, without disclosure, we don’t *know* what money Hagel got and from whom.)

    I believe he has made a lot of speeches at places like Harvard and Georgetown. What do we know about the Middle Eastern Studiea departments at these institutions, and what does it tell us about Hagel?

    We may see some discussion of that in the coming week.

    Release the speeches.

    Follow the money.

    Patterico (2d77cf)

  10. We know what his thinktank received, and we know the pattern that it followed, now mind you some of these same players funded Clinton’s foundation,

    narciso (3fec35)

  11. Now you follow other donors and you get here;

    narciso (3fec35)

  12. (at narciso’s link) Chuck Hagel was teaching at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service??? Like to students whose parents paid actual money??? Wow. That’s astounding. Is this the same Chuck Hagel who can’t string sentences together that make sense during his hearing?

    elissa (a9f93b)

  13. Say it ain’t so, a Senator accused of taking money from extremist groups, lobbyists and defense contractors for paid speeches.

    I’m shocked, shocked I tell you. Quick, round up the usual suspects.

    ropelight (a285c3)

  14. Yes, that may be the greater scandal,

    narciso (3fec35)

  15. Maybe the text of two Hagel speeches in 2008 at ADC and Georgetown will show up.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  16. Chuck Hagel is virulently anti-semitic and also anti-gay.

    You know kinda like Hitler.

    This is something I think the geriatric whores of the Senate should consider before putting him in charge of the military.

    Just my two cents.

    happyfeet (4bf7c2)

  17. Apparently Politico posted the ADC speech.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  18. Well there is a certain commonality of interests,

    you could imagine if he took any money from any foundation connected with Koch, what the reaction would be, the same for Scaife back in the day.

    narciso (3fec35)

  19. Dylan Byers is aggressively dishonest. Remarkably so.

    JD (b63a52)

  20. Is he Journolist, or did they not let in their ‘reindeer games’

    narciso (3fec35)

  21. The Senate Sems should be plssed off at Teh Won for making them support and defend Hagel.

    JD (b63a52)

  22. Byers flat out lied in his commentary about Washington Free Bacon, their harassment, racisms, etc …all while accepting blatant and easily provable lies from those that he wishes to help out.

    JD (b63a52)

  23. The following is from DRJ’s link at #18:

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has also said that he would block Hagel’s confirmation, as well as the confirmation of CIA Director nominee John Brennan, until the Obama administration provides a full and truthful account of its conduct during and after the terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya last September.

    I’d be nice if Senator Graham would also demand the LA Times turnover the video tape they’ve been withholding of Obama’s speech at the party he and his pal Bill Ayres attended in honor of the PLO’s Rashid Khalidi back in 2003. Just Sayin’

    ropelight (a285c3)

  24. This is just a test run for putting someone truly dreadful on the Supreme Court.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  25. george forgets sometimes ain’t no need to blather out an opinion on just everything

    we’ll find us out if food stamp has a right to his loser defense secretary in due time won’t we

    yes I reckon we will

    happyfeet (acd614)

  26. I betcha George said the same thing about W’s judicial appointments.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  27. Interestingly Obama opposed Miguel Estrada, at the lower ranks, and his qualification were better then that of Sotomayor, who he did nominate, Biden
    opposed Reich and Bolton, right off the top of my head.

    narciso (3fec35)

  28. Folks seem to forget McCarthy was correct. But anyway.

    Rodney King's Spirit (951136)

  29. Biden, also went on a rant about Alito, with bizarre reasoning, that only the Solon of Scranton would understand, something about the Federalist Society,

    narciso (3fec35)

  30. 26. Or the fact that Deep Throat has submitted three execrable nominees is the sign he wants a fight.

    The rabid zombies of OWS failed so he’s looking to instigate a Fort Sumter.

    If the GOP can be tricked into filibustering all three he can declare war.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  31. So BiteMe, Hill, and the Ballerina all want to trail in the Titanic’s wake?

    They have no respect for us whatever.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  32. Well the Ballerina is the one eyed man, in the land of the blind, he had better instincts on Gitmo and health care.

    narciso (3fec35)

  33. While on the subject of losers without socially redeeming qualities:

    Go play in the street, fat boy.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  34. Cruz and Senator Paul are kicking azz and taking names lately.

    Bet a few in the august body are seeing their own popular esteem evaporate.

    Tom Coburn, yes you.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  35. Last time he ‘chose this poorly’ he befriended Obama, who used that friendship to justify his with Ayers.

    narciso (3fec35)

  36. Harry Reid can make stuff up about Romney, have it taken seriously, then suffer no consequences when it is shown to have less truth than alien bodies stored in Area 51.

    But let a Repub show reasonable concern over a Dem appointee’s refusal to give financial disclosure and all of a sudden it is seen as the unthinkable in Senate decorum.

    These people really should have learned better in Kindergarten. Morally delusional, if not cognitively.

    And Downton Abbey had a shocking end of the season episode. (And a short season at that, long time to wait for the next one to start.)

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  37. I think he is one of the Aliens from Area 51, he would have been 8, but still,

    narciso (3fec35)

  38. Not sure why I chose to link this days-old story today, or why I chose to quote those two paragraphs. Just found them interesting, I guess. You know?

    Don’t take much to humor you; rubber ball, ball of yarn. 😉

    Patrick in Michigan (7b58f8)

  39. 36- Is anything more despicable than a rove republican?

    mg (31009b)

  40. Tom Coburn is a traitor. Tar and Feathers.

    mg (31009b)

  41. Yes, he has the right to nominate anyone he likes. But that doesn’t mean the Senate has to roll over.

    Tell him “no”.

    mojo (8096f2)

  42. McCarthyism -noun: The policy of responding with ad-hominem slander to anyone who publicly notices the left’s habitual acts of treason, because no factual rebuttal exists. See also: “swiftboating”

    Captain Obvious (c62713)

  43. Senator John McCain (and other people) are all for financial disclosure – but never for drawing any conclusions or insinuations from the disclosures.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

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