John McCain hates Chuch Hagel but probably not enough to filibuster him.

One of the big reasons I didn’t watch the Hagel nomination hearings – aside from the fact that I cannot be confronted with Ted Cruz’s comb-over and maintain any level of respect for the man from Texas – is that I sort of suspected that whatever transpired, Hagel would sail to confirmation pretty easily. I mean, sure, I didn’t predict that whole thing where he admitted that he told Barack Obama he had no place being Defense Secretary, and that other thing where he said he would totally learn how to run the Defense Department once he had the job, but until then had pretty much no idea what the Defense Department did, but still.

Turns out, I was pretty close to the truth, I just didn’t anticipate that there’d be some dissension in the Republican ranks. While Mitch McConnell has been busy telling reporters that the GOP hasn’t quite decided yet whether they’re going to filibuster Hagel’s nomination, John McCain, who three days ago pretty much thought Hagel was the spawn of Satan himself, isn’t prepared to actually, you know, do anything about that.

Sen. John McCain appears to have cleared the way Monday for Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense.

The Arizona Republican, who has been a prominent voice in the debate over Hagel, said Monday he would oppose any attempt to filibuster the nomination, likely dooming any attempt by Senate conservatives to sustain a protracted procedural fight to delay Hagel’s confirmation.

“I do not believe that we should filibuster,” McCain told POLITICO. “To vote against is entirely the judgment of each individual senator, but a filibuster I think would be inappropriate.”

I think he just gets sad when he remembers that no one voted for him.

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