(Politico) Did the Senate get Hageled?
That’s the question left hanging after Sen. Ted Cruz’s marathon performance in which he made broad insinuations about his colleagues much as he did to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during confirmation hearings last February.
Hagel, a Vietnam combat veteran and former Republican member of the Senate from Nebraska, found himself a target for Cruz who raised the specter of alleged hidden money from foreign governments that might compromise Hagel’s judgment. This prompted Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to famously interject: “Sen. Hagel is an honorable man who has served his country, and no one on this committee at any time should impugn his character.”
Seven months later, the scene repeated itself on the floor of the Senate Wednesday. Only this time McCain was defending his own — and the Senate’s — honor after Cruz had suggested that those who oppose his tough tactics were akin to “appeasers” before World War II.