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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 03:39 PM

32. Yes, and what he did was object to having a gay man serve his country as ambassador.

We have no idea what he will do in the future, but the best predictor of future conduct is past conduct.


Who knows what is in a politician's heart? I already addressed that. We can't know what is anyone's heart, but we can look at the surrounding circumstances, just as we do when we serve on a jury; and, in this case, they don't look good for Hagel.


He recanted now because this is the first attention it's gotten in a long time
. However, how on earth do you know that he is recanting for that reason. As you yourself said two sentences later, you can't possibly know that.

It seems a lot more likely that he finally recanted because he thought that recanting would help him realize his personal ambition and not because he had an honest change of heart. That is the version circumstances support. If he had an honest change of heart and a conscience , he would have publicly recanted a heinous remark as soon as his thinking changed.



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