Schumer: You know, I won’t commit to supporting Hagel

posted at 9:01 am on December 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

There once was a time when the White House used to carefully vet their potential nominees not just to see whether they qualified for their appointments, but also whether their past statements and positions would end up embarrassing them.  At the very least, they’d check in with their own party’s Senate caucus to see whether the nominee would hit serious resistance.

Good times, good times:

“I’m not going to comment until the President makes a nomination” is code for “Mr. President, don’t make this nomination.”  Even Andrea Mitchell figured this much out, although she’s not quite up to speed on why:

“The problem that Chuck Hagel has is … he’s now getting shot at from the left and the right because of his past comments, which he has now retracted and apologized for against gays,” Mitchell explained on NBC.

The comments about gays was only one part of Hagel’s problem, and not the major problem.  Much more problematic, especially for Schumer and other members of the Senate, are Hagel’s past statements about a “Jewish lobby” controlling US policy, and stands on Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas that put Hagel to the left of Barack Obama and well into a political fringe.

None of this should have come as a surprise to the White House.  Hagel made all of those statements very publicly, and took criticism for them at the time.  The Obama administration, however, has been singularly poor at vetting its Cabinet choices.  Anyone remember the trial balloons of Bill Richardson and Tom Daschle, for instance?  Or the actual appointment of Tim Geithner to run the Treasury Department when he had gotten in trouble for failing to file his income taxes?  The Hagel bust isn’t an anomaly; it’s business as usual at the White House.


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Look at who Obama’s looking at for State and Defense — John “Jenghis Khan” Kerry, who IMHO lost in 2004 in large part because of pushback again his anti-war stance from his younger days, which was a REAL issue, not a made-up one like Romney being rich, uncaring, and out of touch. “Swift-boating” — telling the truth about someone’s military record and their ridiculous anti-war words and actions. And now Hagel, who has fringe and just bizarre attitudes towards the military and global conflict, not to mention his attitude towards Israel.

Paul-Cincy on December 24, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Don’t forget the praise on the Senate floor for “role model” Strom Thurmond that the Washington Free Beacon dug up.

Wethal on December 24, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Why is it that every single solitary time I see Schmucky Schumer’s face, I envision a cinder block being launched straight into it, at high speed and with extreme prejudice?

pilamaye on December 24, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Nothing of any consequence ever happened before Obama came to Washington. Hagel said what?

portlandon on December 24, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Has Hagel ever smiled in his life? He looks put-upon all the time.

Paul-Cincy on December 24, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Chuckie will vote for Hagel’s confirmation…no question about it.

Never a doubt in Chuckie’s mind.

Ever.

Chuckie is Marx to Hagel’s…well, Hagel.

But, he does have to pander to his Jewish friends by putting some mock indignation out there. Plays well in the Catskills and over in Borough Park, you know.

But, when the time comes, Chuckie will enthusiastically vote for Hagel’s confirmation.

coldwarrior on December 24, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Obama Chucks Hagel?

Naturally Curly on December 24, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Hagel is the defense secretary America deserves. Confirm Him.

ninjapirate on December 24, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Don’t forget the praise on the Senate floor for “role model” Strom Thurmond that the Washington Free Beacon dug up.

So?

ninjapirate on December 24, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Obama Chucks Hagel?

Naturally Curly on December 24, 2012 at 9:45 AM

If Hagel is out, but you want to go in the Kerry/Hagel mold, there’s always Dennis Kucinich, or, more under the radar, Michael Moore, or maybe, Cindy Sheehan. A lot of possibilities.

Paul-Cincy on December 24, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Don’t forget the praise on the Senate floor for “role model” Strom Thurmond that the Washington Free Beacon dug up.
So?

ninjapirate on December 24, 2012 at 9:46 AM

When Trent Lott priased Thurmond, Lott had to resign as senate majority leader, since Thurmond was a segregationist years ago, and Lott was seen as endorsing a racist.

Oh, wait….it’s only GOP legislators who are held accountable for what they say and do. (Robert “KKK” Byrd vs. Srtom Thurmond comes to mind). My bad.

Wethal on December 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM

If Hagel is out, but you want to go in the Kerry/Hagel mold, there’s always Dennis Kucinich, or, more under the radar, Michael Moore, or maybe, Cindy Sheehan. A lot of possibilities.

Paul-Cincy on December 24, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Yeah, I was thinking that if Hagel is out it’s only because he was a red herring to begin with, and jug-ears has someone even worse in mind.

Naturally Curly on December 24, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Andrea doesn’t understand anyone, right or left, who doesn’t automatically orgasm at everything Barky does; no wonder the poor old boozehound is confused.

Bishop on December 24, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Obama is incontinent…I mean incompetent

or both. Whatever, dumb Kenyan

Slade73 on December 24, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Obama picks cabinet member with the same aplomb as he picks energy companies.

Merry Christmas and God rest ye.

SWalker on December 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Andrea Mitchell would lose in a battle of wits with Mika Brzezinski

Slade73 on December 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Andrea Mitchell would lose in a battle of wits with Mika Brzezinski

Slade73 on December 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Andrea Mitchell would lose a battle of wits against Dopey Smurf…

SWalker on December 24, 2012 at 10:27 AM

If Schumer is against it I’m for it.

Mr. Arrogant on December 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Schumer: You know, I won’t commit to supporting Hagel

…since the shooting at the school has brought up the topic of mental health for once…isn’t it time for Chuck E to consider having ‘himself’ committed ?

KOOLAID2 on December 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I must say this is pretty entertaining.

sadsushi on December 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Zero is nominating another unqualified person for a sec position after the Kerry nomination who is also as unqualified as Shrillary was and this is news. Just like an accumulation of snow. It needs plowing to get it out of the way.

Kissmygrits on December 24, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Gee Chuck Hagel, now what are you going to do with the scar tissue on those knees from giving any Democrat you could find….can you say Hummmm? Now you’re still in Offutt Air base territory and I’d have to say those Officers aren’t really happy and haven’t been with you. Maybe you and the Mrs. should move somewhere more conducent to your obvious and overt political purgatory, somewhere like Kabul perhaps?

Tangerinesong on December 24, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Is Obama floating these trial balloons just so he can go out and campaign on how mean Congress — both the Rs and Ds — are to him? Is it some sort of ploy for pity? Or he is setting Congress up for someone so totally incompetent and inappropriate no one in their right mind would vote to confirm this individual, but will be forced to vote for because the congress critters’ constituencies believe the crap about how mean Congress is to the Big Zero? (On the other hand, how many candidates for Attorney General did Slick Willie burn through before finding a woman without a paid-under-the-table-no-taxes-withheld domestic helper?) Maybe Zero honestly believes he can force his choice through Congress this way.

catsandbooks on December 24, 2012 at 12:59 PM

For all it’s talk about the need for “a diversity of ideas” The GOP sure does seem hypocritical when it’s time to walk the walk.

Libertarians like Ron Paul who don’t tow the Israel line = No place in the GOP or mainstream politics.

Paleocons like Buchanan who don’t tow the Israel line = No place in the GOP or mainstream politics.

Regular cons like hagel who don’t tow the Israel line = No place in the GOP or mainstream politics.

Not that there’s a litmus test or anything. Kinda like the whole resistance to state’s rights when gays, weed, or euthanasia are the state’s right in question.

abobo on December 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

… and stands on Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas that put Hagel to the left of Barack Obama…

You mean “to the left of Barack Obama’s public stance.” In private, I’m absolutely sure that President Choom’s view of Israel is closer to Iran’s and Hamas’s than to Hagel.

RoadRunner on December 24, 2012 at 2:51 PM

So, Schumer won’t commit to supporting Hagel.
I wonder if now Hagel is supporting Schumer’s committment?
I know I am.

Another Drew on December 24, 2012 at 9:18 PM

“I won’t commit to supporting Hagel”

(But, I will commit to supporting the Wall Street billionaire hedge fund managers I got into a 15% tax bracket so they can keep getting me reelected.)

NoPain on December 26, 2012 at 3:02 PM