NOW with Alex Wagner | February 13, 2013
>>> prior to the state of the union last night, the senate passed a reauthorization of the violence against women act by a vote are of 78-22. the legislation still facing an uphill climb committee gop-led house. unless the senate getting representation for functionality and bipartisanship, republicans kept themselves busy securing defense secretary chuck hagel . it began when freshman senator proposed that maybe hagel was beloved by iran. okay, katty, what -- north korea is conduct oing --
>> there's no foundation to it. but you put it out there and you hope there's some traction to it.
>> ted cruz doesn't have a bone to pick with chuck hagel . but this is mccain being angry --
>> about contain stood up at the end of that and said we shouldn't besmirch chuck hagel with what is happening.
>> on that point, there is threatened a walkout on this committee vote. i'm told by folks, there are folks like mccain, the older guard saying to younger republicans do not do. that.
>> mickey did not vote for hagel. it's complete insanity here.
>> no one commenting on whether he would make a good secretary of defense or not.
>> or asking relevant questions.
>> i actually do think maybe a larger question, ted cruz and rand paul , you sort of look at them together, this is an emerging wing of new republican senators. you look at ryan and rubio on the hill as the new leaders but this is a very significant and potentially a very dangerous part of the republican party , within the party. especially if rand paul runs for president.
>> look at the violence against women act passed 78-22 because there's still mention of bipartisanship in luke didn't that set the stage for further intraction in the one semifunctioning part of congress?
>> oh, sure. i don't want to disagree with you on that. i also think interesting on that point, the house has sort of taken a backseat to the senate saying let the senate work on everything and make a decision on whether they're going to move forward. on the violence against women act , i think they're forced to move forward because of the bipartisan fashion. so now there's a letter from 18 past republicans telling their leadership to move forward on the violence against women act . i think there's something to be said about that number. but you'll see the opinions of guys like cruz, see opinions of guys like rand paul . and then you'll see their house counterparts which is probably a good majority of the house. but if it comes out of the senate first, i think that forced the moderate hand.
>> you can see the legislation working. if it comes out with a big number, you'll see that.
>> back to your point. i think there's a difference in paul voting and senator ted cruz playing c-span clips where chuck hagel didn't, you know, correct the questioner. which is theatrics.
>> and it detract from the process. and i think the more you -- i think eventually, over time , you're going to see more episodes like what happened with john mccain where people are basically worried about the institution telephone.
>> or ted nugent last night. the same concept.
>> well, let ted nugent in -- it's a wrap. i don't even -- it's not really a wrap. it's still -- congress is still there.
>> that was a weird guest.
>> that was -- maybe not the latter choice but steve stockman . okay. that's all for us here.
>> do i have time --
>> you have a present?
>> i have a present. you dog me as being a aficionado --
>> how about that?
>> wow, thank you for mark, katty, luke and sam. this hat is incredible. i'll see