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…or were Mitt Romney (r).

From Blue Girl, August 23, 2006:

Talent Abdicates Responsibility to Troops

While Ike Skelton (D-MO 4th) is holding the Bush administration responsible and asking the tough questions from his seat on the House Armed Services Committee, Senator Jim Talent (R-W’s Back Pocket) is missing in action over in the Senate chamber. Talent has a seat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, but after reviewing the minutes of SASC meetings, I can verify that he has missed 65 of 95 meetings. I am certain that the men and women fighting and dieing a half a world away in an illegal war that Talent voted to authorize (he votes the way he is told by Bush and the RNC a staggering 94% of the time) don’t mind him abdicating his responsibility to them. They are only the ones in the desert, ill-equiped because three years of combat has taken it’s toll on their vehicles and equipment and facing tour extensions as violence flares in Iraq.

Think about that for a moment, Missouri voters. We have two simultaneous wars going on, and the junior senator from our great state can’t be bothered to show up for meetings of the Senate Armed Services Committee 68.4% of the time….

[emphasis in original]

Half the battle is in actual showing up. And doing the job you were elected to do.

Now there’s this drivel:

Talent takes on new roles on defense, U.S.-China policy

In Washington

By Robert Koenig, Beacon Washington correspondent

6:51 am on Tue, 02.05.13

WASHINGTON – If Mitt Romney would have been elected president, there’s a good chance that the former Midwestern GOP senator testifying at the Senate Armed Services committee last week would have been Jim Talent rather than Chuck Hagel.

Talent, a former U.S. senator and House member from Chesterfield, was a senior adviser on defense and security issues to Romney and was on nearly every pundit’s short list of potential cabinet nominees, with several pegging him for a future secretary of Defense….

….Instead of being in the hot seat in a new presidential administration, Talent has added a couple of new assignments to his portfolio this year: He will serve on a panel that advises Congress on the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Review and is one of a dozen members of another advisory panel on U.S.-China economic and security issues….

Apparently showing up isn’t high on the list of essential qualifications for potential republican administration cabinet secretaries.

“…He will serve on a panel that advises Congress on the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Review and is one of a dozen members of another advisory panel on U.S.-China economic and security issues…”

If he shows up to meetings.

Ah, the old “it was an oversight on defense oversight” should come out at any moment – if anyone ever bothered to do a little bit of research and ask questions instead of regurgitating inside the beltway conventional wisdom.