Video: McCain goes after Hagel on the surge; Update: Hagel says Iranian government “elected … legitimate”

posted at 12:31 pm on January 31, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Presidents will nominate Senators to Cabinet positions in part to get an easy ride to confirmation, and soft treatment during confirmation hearings.  If that’s what Barack Obama and Chuck Hagel expected, they got a rude awakening, almost literally, when John McCain took his turn at the hearing this morning.  McCain ripped Hagel for opposing the 2007 surge in Iraq, and later for his opposition to Obama’s own surge in Afghanistan:

Lawmakers on Thursday demanded that secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel explain controversial remarks he has made and votes he cast during his Senate career, as the Nebraska Republican sought to defend his record at a confirmation hearing.

In a tense exchange, Sen. John McCain (R.-Ariz.) pressed Hagel on whether he stood by his opposition to the decision to surge U.S. troops into Iraq in 2007. Hagel, who once called the surge the “most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam,” resisted McCain’s repeated attempts to solicit a “yes” or “no” answer.

“I’m not going to give you a ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ I’ll defer that to the judgment of history,” said Hagel, arguing that his comments at the time were a reflection of his opposition to the war in Iraq and not just the surge. …

Hagel’s is likely to be among toughest confirmation hearings for the defense secretary job in recent years. His predecessor, Leon E. Panetta, sailed to confirmation in the summer of 2011, as he transitioned from the helm of the CIA. Panetta’s predecessor, Robert M. Gates, another former CIA chief, was unanimously confirmed by the Armed Services Committee in December 2006, replacing Donald H. Rumsfeld, who left the post as an unpopular secretary.

Hagel might have expected tough questions from James Inhofe, but probably not from McCain, who usually instigates bipartisan efforts in the upper chamber.  McCain had Hagel so rattled that Hagel later returned to McCain’s challenge during Bill Nelson’s more sympathetic questioning.

Inhofe, however, did get his own shot at Hagel, asking why he thinks Iran has endorsed his nomination:

“Given that Iran, the people — I’m quoting right now from Iran — people of the Middle East, the Muslim region and North Africa, people of these regions hate America from the bottom of their heart,” said Inhofe. “It further said Israel is a cancerous tumor in the heart of the Islamic world. They further said Iran’s warriors are ready and willing to wipe Israel off the map. The question I’d like to ask you, and you can answer for the record if you’d like, why do you think the Iranian foreign ministry so strongly supports your nomination to be the Secretary of Defense?”

Hagel responded, “I have a difficult enough time with American politics, Senator. I have no idea, but thank you. And I’ll be glad to respond further for the record.”

That’s a pretty good non-response response.  Hagel floundered with McCain, however, and on a question of core competency for the job.  If Hagel got both surges so flat-out wrong, what does that say about his judgment as the man in charge of the nation’s defense?  And what does that say about the man who nominated Hagel, too?

Update: Isn’t this a Gerald Fordesque “Poland is not under Soviet domination” moment?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Xqi-7ooQrSI

Former senator Chuck Hagel defended his vote against designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group, claiming it would have been unprecedented and potentially harmful to give that designation to a representative of a “legitimate” government.

The Islamist regime in Iran, Hagel said, was “an elected, legitimate government, whether we agree or not.”

The Iranian government is currently gearing up for elections by arresting “anti-revolutionary” journalists, and deciding whether or not to allow pro-reform candidates to participate, many of whom have been living under house arrest for years.

Yikes. Could this be going any worse for Hagel and Obama?


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Oh, this looks interesting.

freedomfirst on January 31, 2013 at 12:33 PM

If Hagel got both surges so flat-out wrong, what does that say about his judgment as the man in charge of the nation’s defense? And what does that say about the man who nominated Hagel, too?

What difference does it make?

Good Lt on January 31, 2013 at 12:34 PM

McCain was spunky! Actually he was a wee bit angry IMO.

Hagel is an awful communicator IMO as well. Sounds like he makes a good fit for O where all our foreign affairs is run from anyway.

CoffeeLover on January 31, 2013 at 12:37 PM

O/T rush walking back his love fest with rubio over immigration. guess his listeners were not so happy:)

renalin on January 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Hagel should say that the Iranian endorsement of his appointment is reverse pshchology. They really don’t want him because he brings mad skilz to a DoD leadership post. That the Iranians say they want him assumes that US Senate will automatically do the opposite and not confirm. Ha ha.

freedomfirst on January 31, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Yesterday McCain was shining Kerry’s shoes. Today, he’s berating Hagel.

The nutsack from Phoenix is bipolar.

Mr. Arrogant on January 31, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Video: McCain goes after Hagel on the surge:

yeah, I remember back in the day, when Johnny went
after that candidate in the 2008 Presidential race!!

Oh wait…that was McCain’s running mate….sorry.

ToddPA on January 31, 2013 at 12:42 PM

O/T rush walking back his love fest with rubio over immigration. guess his listeners were not so happy:)

renalin on January 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Ha! Can’t walk back stupid.

Mr. Arrogant on January 31, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Was mccain as nasty with kerry? kerry was/is about as anti-American as bho with his past stunts he did! I hope hagel doesn’t get the job, another in a list of every human bho nominates/has around him to help crater our nation!
L

letget on January 31, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I’ll defer that to the judgment of history

But he evidently has no interest in studying relevant history or forming his own opinions about what it implies about the decisions we make today.

Either that or he’s a political hack that will say anything to avoid giving an answer on a tough issue. Neither of which are qualifying characteristics for the job.

He should have known this question was coming up and given a lot of thought to how he’d answer. If he’d come out and admitted he was wrong and analyzed why and how he’d do better in the future, he would have come out smelling like a rose. Instead he was unprepared and dodged and dissembled when decisiveness was needed. Not exactly what America wants to see in a Secretary of Defense.

Socratease on January 31, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Egypt’s gov’t is elected ‘legitimate’ too.

Obama owns it.

May a military coup take place soon.

Btw, Obama wants to take your guns away but he arms the Muslim Brotherhood, fools of the world.

May all who brung/kept him be utterly destroyed by him.

Media, you first.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 12:44 PM

McCain comes bearing grudges.
I don’t think that comes as a surprise to many – but maybe the stridency does.
His former pal…going to work for the guy who defeated him.
It’s personal.

verbaluce on January 31, 2013 at 12:44 PM

It’s all a grand and grotesque masquerade party. Nothing Obama is doing relates to anything that’s been done before in our country terms of good faith governnance, and nothing the Republicans do in response shows a grasp of this fundamental truth of evil (because this is of course inconceivable to members of the Ruling Class). The only reason Hagel is there is because he advances the agenda to destroy Israel. Period. And so we trudge on toward some unclear but ghastly end.

rrpjr on January 31, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Obama micromanages State Department strategy and many of the bigger issues of defense as well, but he is going to be able to blame Republicans for the disasters that will continue overseas by having a “Republican” defense secretary? This is a weapons-grade stupid statement from Hagel.

mwbri on January 31, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Yesterday McCain was shining Kerry’s shoes. Today, he’s berating Hagel.

Well, you know Juan has always been harder on members of his own party.

hawkeye54 on January 31, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Yeah, the Iranian government is about as legitimate as Jugears.

I guess that’s why not a peep was heard out of King Putt when they were protesting the rigged elections.

That’s what happens when your president has “muslim rooots”.

wildcat72 on January 31, 2013 at 12:50 PM

McCain comes bearing grudges.
I don’t think that comes as a surprise to many – but maybe the stridency does.
His former pal…going to work for the guy who defeated him.
It’s personal.

verbaluce on January 31, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Former pal?? They parted ways on Iraq, long before
the Golden Child bested Mclame to the throne…
….but thanks for the RE-WRITE.

ToddPA on January 31, 2013 at 12:51 PM

It’s frightening to think that an mental lightweight like this guy can get elected to the US Senate.

Mark1971 on January 31, 2013 at 12:51 PM

This week, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, asked officials not to make statements insinuating that previous elections were not free. The 73-year-old was speaking to a group of devout crowds from the holy city of Qom.

In his speech, Khamenei criticised senior politicians who have indirectly cast doubt on the fairness of Iran’s electoral record.

The Islamic republic does not tolerate criticism of its election process and the two main opposition leaders who claimed the 2009 presidential vote was rigged, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, were put under house arrest. Officials critical of the election process, therefore, tend to express misgivings opaquely.

In recent months, a number of leading figures have said the presidential election in June would only be competitive and lively if it were to be held “freely”.

Flange on January 31, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Can Obama just say he “didn’t build that” cabinet nomination?

Oh.

No, he can’t.

Bitter Clinger on January 31, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Hagel says Iranian government “elected … legitimate”

Hagel wants to work for Obama, so naturally the very last thing he is going to do is call into question the legitimacy of any government, because otherwise the hypocrisy of working for Obama would be glaring.

SWalker on January 31, 2013 at 12:52 PM

O/T rush walking back his love fest with rubio over immigration. guess his listeners were not so happy:)

renalin on January 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Ha! Can’t walk back stupid.

Mr. Arrogant on January 31, 2013 at 12:43 PM

He spent almost the whole first hour talking about this.

Rubio is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. Like baggy eyed Hagel on Iran.

4 freaking more years of this Administration and it’s antics?

#UGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHH

PappyD61 on January 31, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Yesterday McCain was shining Kerry’s shoes. Today, he’s berating Hagel.

The nutsack from Phoenix is bipolar.

Mr. Arrogant on January 31, 2013 at 12:42 PM

The first thought running through my mind after seeing McCain skewer Hagel was, he is “schizophrenic!” He gets things so wrong and then he gets it so right! Generally, I wish he would retire!

tomshup on January 31, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Yikes. Could this be going any worse for Hagel and Obama?

One can only hope.

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 12:54 PM

It’s frightening to think that an mental lightweight like this guy can get elected to the US Senate.

Why? The senate and house overflow with mental lightweights. Being one can actually be an asset in politics.

hawkeye54 on January 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Well sure, legitimate governments always arrest opposition candidates before elections, or arrange accidents for them. Saddam Hussein did that and the people responded by giving him 99% of the vote every single time; quite remarkable how he managed to run such a free nation.

Bishop on January 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM

I have zero respect for anyone that would become part of this traitors administration.

Deano1952 on January 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Perhaps there is something besides solid bone in McCain’s skull. Kerry the Horseface, for all his despicable progressivism and general slimeness, does not seem nearly as hellbent to destroy the country and its allies as Obama and Hagel. I know, telling the two brands of feces apart ain’t easy, but I’ll take Kerry over Hagel just like I’d take Hillary over Obama. It isn’t much of an improvement, but it certainly is one.

Archivarix on January 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Dear Leader: He’s perfect for the job I have in mind…

d1carter on January 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Former senator Chuck Hagel defended his vote against designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group, claiming it would have been unprecedented and potentially harmful to give that designation to a representative of a “legitimate” government.

The Islamist regime in Iran, Hagel said, was “an elected, legitimate government, whether we agree or not.”

Using this logic…

…wasn’t Hitler duly elected in Germany in 1933?

PappyD61 on January 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM

verbaluce on January 31, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Verb, you should seriously consider being the spokesperson for a
certain Senator from New Jersey who has some….

…Sticky issues at the moment……you’re a perfect fit!!

ToddPA on January 31, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Well, its not like anyone is wanting to send F-16′s to Egypt, or billions in aid to Syria.

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 12:56 PM

McCain does support the military and he can recognize someone even squishier than himself. Even McCain can see what damage Hagel would do to the military and readiness. That said, will it make any difference, or is this kabuki knowing that the pacifist Hagel will be confirmed?

AZfederalist on January 31, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Manchin providing cover for Hagel

CoffeeLover on January 31, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Yikes. Could this be going any worse for Hagel and Obama?

The public only know what they hear regurgitated from the ABCBSNBCNNMSNBC Obama cheerleaders on the nightly news.

They won’t know that Hagel said that. If they did 90% wouldn’t even understand it.

portlandon on January 31, 2013 at 12:58 PM

His former pal…going to work for the guy who defeated him.
It’s personal.

verbaluce on January 31, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Former pal?? They parted ways on Iraq, long before
the Golden Child bested Mclame to the throne…

ToddPA on January 31, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Thanks for agreeing?

verbaluce on January 31, 2013 at 12:58 PM

The Islamist regime in Iran, Hagel said, was “an elected, legitimate government, whether we agree or not.”

Utterly clueless — and that’s a best case scenario. Unfit to head Defense. Heck, I wouldn’t trust him as dog catcher.

rbj on January 31, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Yesterday McCain was shining Kerry’s shoes. Today, he’s berating Hagel.

The nutsack from Phoenix is bipolar.

Mr. Arrogant on January 31, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Actually McCain’s track record is still perfect.

Kerry is a Democrat

Hagel is a Republican

portlandon on January 31, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Boy is msdnc defending the heck out of chuckie

Those evil gop are being mean

cmsinaz on January 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM

McCain will likely vote to confirm anyway. But even if he doesn’t, Hagel will be confirmed in the end. This is bad for the safety and security of the USA and Israel, so mission accomplished for Team O.

Jackalope on January 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Couldn’t shoehorn the Maverick out of Kerry’s backside last week.
Hagel sucks, McCain sucks, what difference does it make?

RovesChins on January 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Hagel wasn’t nominated because he’s a bright guy. He was nominated because Obama knows he’s a tool who will do what Obama wants without reservations.

Mark1971 on January 31, 2013 at 1:01 PM

There’s a reason McCain wants to keep any questions – and discussion – on Iraq very narrowly focused.
Regardless, sort of entertaining watching him get all snippy and curt.

verbaluce on January 31, 2013 at 1:02 PM

There is only one reason why Obama picked Hagel as S of D. When the Draconian cut hit the DOD, Obama will blame republicans because Hagel is a former Republican. No other reason!

jjnco73 on January 31, 2013 at 1:02 PM

His former pal…going to work for the guy who defeated him.
It’s personal.

verbaluce on January 31, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Former pal?? They parted ways on Iraq, long before
the Golden Child bested Mclame to the throne…

ToddPA on January 31, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Thanks for agreeing?

verbaluce on January 31, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Your point has nothing to do with Obama…..McCain does
not like Hagel, yes, it is probably personal….
If this were a Bush appointment, McCain would be behaving
the same way….re-read your point about “going to work
for the guy who defeated him”

Let me put it in language you can grasp

“What difference does it make”?

ToddPA on January 31, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Mark1971 on January 31, 2013 at 1:01 PM

This. He was appointed because he is dumb as a brick…

d1carter on January 31, 2013 at 1:04 PM

verbaluce on January 31, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Verb, you should seriously consider being the spokesperson for a
certain Senator from New Jersey who has some….

…Sticky issues at the moment……you’re a perfect fit!!

ToddPA on January 31, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Verb can’t! Dodging ICE and still servicing Menedez is keeping him busy. And, it takes time to tape that thing into his thong, no matter how small it is.
Oh yeah, but, back to McCain. He’s been busy too.

RovesChins on January 31, 2013 at 1:04 PM

McCain was spunky! Actually he was a wee bit angry IMO.

CoffeeLover on January 31, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Hagel double-crossed McCain while he was a Senator. It’s payback time!

unclesmrgol on January 31, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Very impressed with Sen Ayotte, she nailed him on nuke dissarmament.

KBird on January 31, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Well sure, legitimate governments always arrest opposition candidates before elections, or arrange accidents for them. Saddam Hussein did that and the people responded by giving him 99% of the vote every single time; quite remarkable how he managed to run such a free nation.

Bishop on January 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM

United States: 2016

wildcat72 on January 31, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Former senator Chuck Hagel defended his vote against designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group, claiming it would have been unprecedented and potentially harmful to give that designation to a representative of a “legitimate” government.

The Islamist regime in Iran, Hagel said, was “an elected, legitimate government, whether we agree or not.”

PappyD61 on January 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Umm, no, no it wasn’t. It took over in 1979 by violent revolution. It then instituted “free” Islamic elections in which the people could vote for one of the imams allowed to run for office by the Islamic leaders.

Man that dude is thick.

AZfederalist on January 31, 2013 at 1:05 PM

If only McCain would run for president.

Rusty Allen on January 31, 2013 at 1:05 PM

McCain hates anyone who isn’t for sending more troops to fight pointless wars around the globe. I wish we could send McCain to Mali.

EddieC on January 31, 2013 at 1:05 PM

I’m pretty sure any government, “legitimate” or not, can effectively function as a terrorist organization.

EddieC on January 31, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Former senator Chuck Hagel defended his vote against designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group, claiming it would have been unprecedented and potentially harmful to give that designation to a representative of a “legitimate” government.

Nice comment. Now go back to the 30′s in Germany – with the Brown Shirts – and the Jews saying ‘If only Hitler knew what they were doing in his name.’

Guess all those Iranians protesting the results of the last election were members of the Iranian “Tea Party”.

GarandFan on January 31, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Kerry the Horseface, for all his despicable progressivism and general slimeness, does not seem nearly as hellbent to destroy the country and its allies as Obama and Hagel. Archivarix on January 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Oh, I don’t know about that.

a capella on January 31, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Here I thought it was Joe Biden that was the dumbest man to serve in the Senate.

tbrickert on January 31, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Verb can’t! Dodging ICE and still servicing Menedez is keeping him busy. And, it takes time to tape that thing into his thong, no matter how small it is.
Oh yeah, but, back to McCain. He’s been busy too.

RovesChins on January 31, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Overheard in the Dominican Republic by a lithe Young girl
to a certain US Senator.

“that’s the greatest Contraction I’ve ever seen”

ToddPA on January 31, 2013 at 1:11 PM

ToddPA on January 31, 2013 at 1:02 PM

My point was it’s personal –
seems we we largely agree.
(Don’t be frustrated…it happens.)

verbaluce on January 31, 2013 at 1:11 PM

ToddPA on January 31, 2013 at 12:56 PM
RovesChins on January 31, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Maybe if this riff was remotely funny…it wouldn’t be so weird.
Following the topic here?

verbaluce on January 31, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Verb can’t! Dodging ICE and still servicing Menedez is keeping him busy. And, it takes time to tape that thing into his thong, no matter how small it is.
Oh yeah, but, back to McCain. He’s been busy too.

RovesChins on January 31, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Overheard in the Dominican Republic by a lithe Young girl
to a certain US Senator.

“that’s the greatest Contraction I’ve ever seen”

ToddPA on January 31, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Snort.

RovesChins on January 31, 2013 at 1:13 PM

I think your wrong. Its just business.

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 1:14 PM

The most sickening thing about this is that, barring the discovery of pictures of Hagel having sex with a horse, he will be confirmed.

Mark1971 on January 31, 2013 at 1:14 PM

your=you’re

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 1:14 PM

ToddPA on January 31, 2013 at 12:56 PM
RovesChins on January 31, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Maybe if this riff was remotely funny…it wouldn’t be so weird.
Following the topic here?

verbaluce on January 31, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Life imitating art getting a little personal for you, troll?
You’re so predictable, I’ve already weighed in and moved on.

RovesChins on January 31, 2013 at 1:15 PM

O/T rush walking back his love fest with rubio over immigration. guess his listeners were not so happy:)

renalin on January 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

yo troll, apparently you’re ears don’t work any better than Obama’s, let’s hope they’re not as notoriously huge and still be that useless. For the second day in a row he has said he is correcting that media narrative that you always endorse.

DanMan on January 31, 2013 at 1:17 PM

On Feb.15th the SCOTUS will hold a conference hearing to decide if they will rule on the “legitimacy” of the Obama Administration. It’s pretty obvious why Hagel doesn’t want to question the “legitimacy” of any other government.

Supreme Court opens door to another challenge to Obama eligibility on February 15th…

Chief Justice John Roberts Schedules A Case Regarding Obamas Forged IDs to be Heard in Conference Before the Full Supreme Court.

The case titled Noonan, Judd, MacLeran, Taitz v Bowen provides a mountain of evidence of Barack Obama using a last name not legally his, forged Selective Service application, forged long form and short form birth certificate and a Connecticut Social Security number 042-68-4425 which was never assigned to him according to E-Verify and SSNVS. Additionally, this case provides evidence of around one and a half million invalid voter registrations in the state of California alone.

Oh, and do I think the SCOTUS will actually decide to hear this case. Do the words “Conflict of Interest” mean anything to you? Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor will be sitting in on the conference, they would be removed from the SCOTUS if Obama were found to be ineligible to serve as POTUS.

So obviously Chief Justice Roberts has no real intention of allowing this to come before the SCOTUS, 100 percent pure Kabuki Theater while the SCOTUS proves it no longer has any legitimacy.

SWalker on January 31, 2013 at 1:18 PM

RINOtards cave on Hagel nomination in 3…2…

Farenht451 on January 31, 2013 at 1:18 PM

I’ve already weighed in and moved on.

RovesChins on January 31, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Good to hear.
But if you find yourself in a more substantive and mercifully less skanky mindset…come on back!

verbaluce on January 31, 2013 at 1:19 PM

“I’m not going to give you a ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ I’ll defer that to the judgment of history”

Full stop.

The Senators should say the same thing about his confirmation.

John the Libertarian on January 31, 2013 at 1:20 PM

I think you’re wrong. Its just business.

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Well I could go with it’s some of both.
Which of course doesn’t make it all that unique.

verbaluce on January 31, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Maybe if this riff was remotely funny…it wouldn’t be so weird.
Following the topic here?

verbaluce on January 31, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Yeah, well what can I say, McCain is boring….

..while I’m at it. At least Menendez hasn’t left a girl
drown in an Oldsmobile…..Yet

ToddPA on January 31, 2013 at 1:21 PM

I imagine he meant Iran govt. was recognized and treated as legitimate from a State Dept. etc. standpoint –
but a sloppy answer not to be clearer on that.

verbaluce on January 31, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Can Hagel get some slack?

It’s not like he’s been doing the tween sexy thing like Senator Baby Girl Menendez.

Let it go McCain.

PappyD61 on January 31, 2013 at 1:22 PM

I’ve already weighed in and moved on.

RovesChins on January 31, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Good to hear.
But if you find yourself in a more substantive and mercifully less skanky mindset…come on back!

verbaluce on January 31, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Just gazing on YOUR PARTY and commenting on what I see, skanky and lacking in substance is two of the D & C pillars, right?
Your ball, champ.

RovesChins on January 31, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Is=are.
I’m wasting my eyeballs. Under aged prostitutes are just sad.

RovesChins on January 31, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Lindsay Graham TEARING Hagel up!

stuckinwisconsin on January 31, 2013 at 1:27 PM

sharia compliant.

tom daschle concerned on January 31, 2013 at 1:28 PM

I imagine he meant Iran govt. was recognized and treated as legitimate from a State Dept. etc. standpoint –
but a sloppy answer not to be clearer on that.

verbaluce on January 31, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Um… The State Department doesn’t recognize Iran’s government as legitimate. Otherwise we would have diplomatic relations with them. It’s not a sloppy answer it is an unfit nominee. Just how stupid are you? Obama stupid or Hagel stupid?

Happy Nomad on January 31, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Lindsay Graham TEARING Hagel up!

stuckinwisconsin on January 31, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Just ignore maverick’s hand up his backside.

RovesChins on January 31, 2013 at 1:29 PM

RINOtards cave on Hagel nomination in 3…2…

No doubt. They just enjoy having their face times on C-SPAN to bloviate.

hawkeye54 on January 31, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Lindsay Graham TEARING Hagel up!

stuckinwisconsin on January 31, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Well let’s see how it goes when he let’s Hagel answer.
In the meantime, LG is just making speeches.

verbaluce on January 31, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Lindsay Graham TEARING Hagel up!

After which he will enthusiastically vote yes on confirmation.

“Hey, no hard feelings Chuck. Just had to look tough on ya for the voters back home.”

hawkeye54 on January 31, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Hagel “clarified” by saying he misspoke and by “legitimate” he meant Iran is a recognized state (they are in the UN, many of our allies have embassies there, etc.).

Graham still going after him on it, though.

stuckinwisconsin on January 31, 2013 at 1:32 PM

They will still vote for him…

d1carter on January 31, 2013 at 1:33 PM

‘This Hagel hearing is a disaster’: Liberals take to Twitter to slam Hagel

hagel’s making biden look rhetorically sure-footed

— Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart) January 31, 2013

this hearing is beginning to remind me of the 1st Obama-Romney debate

— Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart) January 31, 2013

This Hagel hearing is a disaster.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) January 31, 2013

Certainly seems like it on twitter RT @buzzfeedandrew This Hagel hearing is a disaster.

— AdamSerwer (@AdamSerwer) January 31, 2013

I think Hagel is engaged now in Jewsplaining.

— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) January 31, 2013

Hagel has written chapters on Iraq and on the Middle East. So we’re cool.

— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) January 31, 2013

Did Hagel just call Iran’s government “elected and legitimate”?

— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) January 31, 2013

Hagel is floundering through one policy answer after another. IRGC terrorism, Iraq surge, nukes.

— attackerman (@attackerman) January 31, 2013

“I support the president’s strong position on containment. I think that’s right.” Um, you meant prevention, right #Hagel?

— attackerman (@attackerman) January 31, 2013

#Hagel just stumbled over whether Iran govt is “legitimate” or “elected.” Fodder for oppo

— Ron Kampeas (@kampeas) January 31, 2013

Yikes, now he said he “supports the president’s position on containment.” #Hagel

— Ron Kampeas (@kampeas) January 31, 2013

Watching Hagel stumbling at Senate hearing. Recalling Brennan gaffes after Abbottabad. DoD and CIA not in best of hands, alas.

— Ed Husain (@Ed_Husain) January 31, 2013

Basically, Hagel does not seem very sharp.

— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) January 31, 2013

Hagel not particularly swift on his feet. Missed opportunity to push back vs. McCain. “Senator, you want another war in the Middle East?”

— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) January 31, 2013

Hagel is a little awkward here

— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) January 31, 2013

Sen. Hagel’s confirmation hearing performance was brilliant. #slatepitches

— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) January 31, 2013

Not impressed by Hagel so far. This is one of the toughest jobs in govt. He needs to do better.

— Tom Wright (@thomaswright08) January 31, 2013

http://freebeacon.com/this-hagel-hearing-is-a-disaster/

sentinelrules on January 31, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Yikes. Could this be going any worse for Hagel and Obama?

Could be worse. Could be raining.

The Rogue Tomato on January 31, 2013 at 1:34 PM

He doesn’t believe that Hezbollah and Hamas are terrorist thugs.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Can Hagel get some slack?

PappyD61 on January 31, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Hagel’s been given quite a bit of slack. Apparently he is using it to hang himself. Is this really the person you want in charge of the nation’s defenses? A guy who refused to call a terrorist organization a terrorist organization. A guy who clearly hates Jews and gays. A guy who has been on the wrong side of virtually every foreign policy and national security issue during his time in the Senate. Even a fellow “maverick,” McCain is going for the jugular.

In the end, assuming the confirmation goes through on a partisan vote…. what kind of credibility will Hagel have in the job after he decides to call Iran’s theocratic dictatorship “legitimate” and talks in terms of containment and not prevention?

Happy Nomad on January 31, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Just how stupid are you? Obama stupid or Hagel stupid?

Happy Nomad on January 31, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I’d say Verbaluce is 60% Obama Stupid/40% Hagel stupid.

sentinelrules on January 31, 2013 at 1:35 PM

‘This Hagel hearing is a disaster’- Liberals take to Twitter to slam Hagel

hagel’s making biden look rhetorically sure-footed

— Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart) January 31, 2013

this hearing is beginning to remind me of the 1st Obama-Romney debate

— Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart) January 31, 2013

This Hagel hearing is a disaster.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) January 31, 2013

Certainly seems like it on twitter RT @buzzfeedandrew This Hagel hearing is a disaster.

— AdamSerwer (@AdamSerwer) January 31, 2013

I think Hagel is engaged now in Jewsplaining.

— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) January 31, 2013

Hagel has written chapters on Iraq and on the Middle East. So we’re cool.

— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) January 31, 2013

Did Hagel just call Iran’s government “elected and legitimate”?

— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) January 31, 2013

Hagel is floundering through one policy answer after another. IRGC terrorism, Iraq surge, nukes.

— attackerman (@attackerman) January 31, 2013

“I support the president’s strong position on containment. I think that’s right.” Um, you meant prevention, right #Hagel?

— attackerman (@attackerman) January 31, 2013

#Hagel just stumbled over whether Iran govt is “legitimate” or “elected.” Fodder for oppo

— Ron Kampeas (@kampeas) January 31, 2013

Yikes, now he said he “supports the president’s position on containment.” #Hagel

— Ron Kampeas (@kampeas) January 31, 2013

Watching Hagel stumbling at Senate hearing. Recalling Brennan gaffes after Abbottabad. DoD and CIA not in best of hands, alas.

— Ed Husain (@Ed_Husain) January 31, 2013

Basically, Hagel does not seem very sharp.

— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) January 31, 2013

Hagel not particularly swift on his feet. Missed opportunity to push back vs. McCain. “Senator, you want another war in the Middle East?”

— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) January 31, 2013

Hagel is a little awkward here

— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) January 31, 2013

Sen. Hagel’s confirmation hearing performance was brilliant. / #slatepitches

— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) January 31, 2013

Not impressed by Hagel so far. This is one of the toughest jobs in govt. He needs to do better.

— Tom Wright (@thomaswright08) January 31, 2013

Hey, idiots, ya know, maybe when we oppose someone, you should consider that we good, principled reasons instead of screaming “YOU JUST OPPOSE HIM BECAUSE PRESIDENT OBAMA NOMINATED HIM AND THERE’S A BLACK MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE! YOU BITTER, BITTER CLINGER!!!”

Hagel, the Iranian choice.

Resist We Much on January 31, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Obama has a bunch of generals snookered on topic.

Don’t trust the generals for more than aiming for their 4th star, upon retirement. It’s all they care about. Obama will hand out many.

Note to stupid Hagel – gays and women are already in the military.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 1:36 PM

CiC against defense.

Hagel, his capo against defense.

All who brung/kept Obama, may he utterly destroy you and yours.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 1:37 PM

He doesn’t believe that Hezbollah and Hamas are terrorist thugs.

Freedom Fighters and Patriots? Perfect fit for Barry’s admin. His confirmation should be no problem at all.

hawkeye54 on January 31, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Too bad the media doesn’t question 0 seriously.

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Hagel “clarified” by saying he misspoke and by “legitimate” he meant Iran is a recognized state (they are in the UN, many of our allies have embassies there, etc.).

Graham still going after him on it, though.

stuckinwisconsin on January 31, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Hagel isn’t being interviewed for a UN job. The UN may recognize the Iranian government but the American government does not. When Israel is a smoldering heap of radiation from missiles fired by Iran, the American Jew can only blame themselves for overwhelmingly voting for the rat-eared wonder and a “kill all the Jews” mentality of anti-Semites such as Michelle Obama, Valarie Jarrett, and Chuck Hagel.

Happy Nomad on January 31, 2013 at 1:39 PM

I’d say Verbaluce is 60% Obama Stupid/40% Hagel stupid.

sentinelrules on January 31, 2013 at 1:35 PM

I think it is just the obamaphone lady…or julio oswega.

Probably still working the fryolater at mickeedees.

tom daschle concerned on January 31, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Todd Akin moment for Hagel right there.

cdog0613 on January 31, 2013 at 1:40 PM

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