NOW with Alex Wagner | February 12, 2013
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>>> this afternoon chuck hayingel are receive a vote in committee in advance of a full confirmation vote in the senate on wednesday or thursday. at prept hayingel is facing rumors of republican senators walking out during the committee vote, gop threats to filibuster his confirmation in the senate, and this morning some sniping from one dick cheney .
>> with respect to chuck hagel and brennan, defense and cia, just in the last week their performance in front of the committees that have to be determined is pretty poor. you look at what the president's desire for picking chuck hagel , i think he wants a republican to go and be the foil, if you will, for what he wants to do in the defense department , which is either do serious, serious damage to our military capabilities.
>> wheel party elders and gop senators raise contain on the sidelines, hagel may have his mind on more important matters. namely, the announcement of a third underground nuclear test in north korea this morning, a development that would constitute an actual concern for any future secretary of defense. any other piece on the ridiculousness of the hagel haggle as we called it, and the hill today given what's happening on the international stage. we're talking about filibustering a cabinet which has never been done before would seem to be a misuse of one's time in the senate.
>> particularly when you consider that over the weekend -- this is just sunday -- lindsey graham said that no confirmation of that information, and he said i want to know who changed the talking points from benghazi. that is what this is about for him. who cares about the talking points at this point? we have all of these things going on. he made the comparison to john bolton , which suggests that there's still some grudges going on against democrats. these guys have long memories against each other on this kind of stuff, and at least the bolton there were legitimate questions about potential misuse of intelligence information. there were real serious questions. also, he had a disdain for the u.n. you know, joe biden kind of said, you know, i'm not really for voting for people for jobs that they are not really pour.
>> chuck hagel said let's close the defense department , and also, please, can i be the secretary?
>> saxby chambliss doing a delicate tango. he said he would be surprised see a filibuster. it wouldn't be the first time i have been surprised.
>> that's supposed to be -- we don't really know what's going to happen.
>> i still think it's -- in the end remind me of what we're all hagel played in benghazi? it's just -- this is even for the republican party this is pretty -- this is a pretty big reach, i think. if they want to argue about hagel 's confirmation hearing, if they want to argue that there was something in that hearing that he said about being defense secretary , that somehow disqualifies him, then they can make that argument.
>> instead it's how much money did you make on speeches that you gave nearly a decade ago?
>> all that stuff needs to be looked into, you know, income and you want to know who is in whose pocket, et cetera , et cetera , but i think those questions were baseless.
>> they asked for above and beyond what has ever been asked before previously.
>> that's part of carl levin 's point.
>> the theme of our show today -- is gridlock a dysfunction? this is a pretty important example. i think the north korea is exactly right. i mean, if anybody is paying attention to this confirmation, i have to believe that they really need to hear what our potential defense secretary is thinking about the real issue that he or she will have to deal with. get it out. get them doing it in the back ground, but in the confirmation, actually let's talk about what really --
>> substantive matters. speaking of which, we just got new video of president obama . here is what he told reporters outside the white house just moments ago. listen to this.
>> mr. president, how is the