Harry Reid was obliged to file for cloture to procede with the Chuck Hagel nomination after Republicans threatened a filibuster. Senators will now vote on Friday on whether or not to confirm Hagel, Obama's choice, as Secretary of Defense.
"This is the first time in the history that a presidential nominee for secretary of defense has been filibustered. What a shame," Reid said.
Reid is now deep in the doghouse with grassroots Democrats, who blame him for his "weak" filibuster reform earlier this month. "The real shame falls on Harry Reid and a few other Democratic Senators with either no brains, no courage, or no integrity," writes blogger BrooklynBadBoy at the Daily Kos.
Via Politico and Talking Points Memo.