Wed Jan 16, 2013, 12:23 PM
Purveyor (29,434 posts)
Hagelís Nomination As Defense Secretary Gains Momentum
By Paul Kane, Published: January 15
Despite all the sound and fury before and after his nomination, Chuck Hagel began his bid to lead the Pentagon as a favorite to win Senate confirmation. And he seems only to be gaining momentum.
For sure, the Republican former senator from Nebraska made his share of enemies during his two terms in the Senate, which now must consider his nomination as defense secretary, but he began with two key advantages.
One is traditional senatorial courtesy, which has almost always meant a relatively smooth confirmation process for any current or former senator chosen for a Cabinet or ambassadorial post.
More important, almost every failed nomination of the past three decades has stemmed from key defections within the presidentís own party, and so far Hagelís opposition has come almost entirely from fellow Republicans.
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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:36 AM
leftynyc (22,493 posts)
4. I don't want him because
he's a republican. It's that simple. If the President wants a team of rivals, let him put them in lower level positions, not cabinet level. And putting him at defense feeds into the "dems are soft on defense" nonsense we've been fighting for decades.