The Rachel Maddow Show | January 25, 2013
bob's doctor recommended a different option: the news room right now that i think is bull-pucky, not that i'm opposed to it or offended by it. but i think it is a lie, we are being tricked. about one of president obama 's nominee for the cabinet. the nominees for second term happen every day, usually around lunch time . yesterday, the president picked richard cordray , and he picked mary jo white to run the sec. today, dennis mcdonough was chosen, that is him two seats over from the president, right next to hillary clinton during the raid that killed osama bin laden . in his previous life, he headed the committee that authorized the iraq war , which could prove troubling at a confirmation hearing. but a chief of staff hearing is not the kind the senate has to confirm, not like, say, secretary of state. john kerry is the choice for that post, he had his confirmation hearing yesterday. and a greater love fest has never been seen before in something less than a p-g rating. honestly, the only surprise will be if it is not unanimous. and no, rand paul's vote does not count. really, there are just two nominations thus far that has annoy suspense with them. one is john brennan , the president's counter-terrorism adviser, he has many, many allies, they are lobbying hard to any perceived problems with his choice. before that, he was chief of staff to cia director george tennet , in the george w. bush days. that is why john brennan didn't get the nomination to run the cia in the first time around. so his confirmation hearings this time around, february 7th , should be very interested. there is controversy there. the other nomination, where there used to be suspense, is former republican senator chuck hagel , i say there used to be suspense, because there were questions about whether there would be fight from the left have dried up. chris coombs, all have met with mr. hagel this week, he assuaged their worries, ditto, charles schumer , of new york, he addressed criticism of his hard-line anti-gay and anti-abortion political past. he addressed that criticism, where they largely neutralized it. ahead of his confirmation hearings on thursday, republicans are making noises about chuck hagel . the only strange remaining might be evidence of any interesting and therefore important resistance to chuck hagel is probably this ad, you might have seen from an unknown group called "use your mandate."
>> chuck hagel , he has been nominated to be secretary of defense. and president obama nominated him with the best of intentions. but it is still a bad choice. hagel is anti-woman, anti-choice, anti-israel, anti-gay, and pro assault weapon. that is just not what we voted for in november. chuck hagel doesn't share our values. there are other people who can do the job, why do we need someone like this?
>> so that ad ran on the three network sunday shows last week, not to mention this network, msnbc, apparently multiple times. that is what they tell me, basically, everywhere but fox news. it is not a huge ad buy, but they are counting on lots of free media to further their message. free conservative particular, so in the national review , look, liberal groups, anti- hagel adds hit tv screens, liberal group releases no, on hagel ad, the washington free beacon, democratic group airs ad blasting hagel . supposedly these ads are being run by liberals and democrats, against hagel . but these liberals against hagel are anonymous, telling the press they are "allies" with the obama administration, who are staying anonymous because they fear retribution or fear from the white house . this whole thing just seems off, right? i mean there are obviously two intentions with setting it up like this. they're trying to convey the impression that this is a white house who attacks and tears up anybody who disagrees with them. that is the way the right likes to think about this white house , that is the way they operate. they may be more effective if they did, but that is not what they do. more broadly, they're asserting there is broad opposition to chuck hagel , we're just not allowed to know who it is. i'm not buying it it, i say bull-pucky, i might be wrong, but i call bull-pucky. and if i am wrong, there is an easy way to prove it. come out, come out, whoever you are. if you are not bill crystal or somebody like that, i'll be the first to admit i'm wrong. but i don't think i'm wrong. this is not a liberal group , it is a right-wing group, you're trying to look like liberals and we can tell. that does it for us, we'll see you monday night. now it is time for "the last word." have a great weekend.