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February 7, 2013

In the Loop: Interior pick could watch, not deliver, State of the Union

(Continued)

Friendly fire

Seems no one is playing their position these days. On Wednesday, Sen. Ron Wyden hinted that he might, maybe, possibly filibuster the nomination of White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to be CIA director for Wyden's pal President Obama.

Apparently the Oregon Democrat is mighty upset about a new white paper from the Justice Department and wants more information about the legal justification for drone strikes against U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism. He's promised to "pull out all the stops" to get what he's looking for, Roll Call reports.

And for days there's been will-they-or-won't-they speculation that Republicans could potentially, perhaps filibuster the nomination of one of their own, former senator Chuck Hagel, Neb., to be secretary of defense.

Which puts us in the topsy-turvy position of having a Democrat threaten a Democratic president's nominee with filibuster, while Republicans warn they could do the same to a fellow Republican.

Never mind that it's all posturing — filibusters of Cabinet nominees on either side are unlikely, or at least they're unprecedented.

Which is good to remember before you pop something to relieve the vertigo.

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