Hapless, unqualified candidate likely to receive unanimous Democratic support for key cabinet post

posted at 5:51 pm on February 1, 2013 by Allahpundit

Carl Levin gazes upon the future of “smart power” and sees … Chuck Hagel.

“I don’t think he’s going to lose any Democratic votes, that we know of,” Sen. Carl Levin told reporters after the hearing. “I think there’s at least a few Republicans who’ve already said, publicly, that they support his nomination.” When pushed, he could barely name two. “What I’ve heard—I’ve heard that Sen. Cochran, and I’ve heard Sen. Murkowski. That’s third hand. If nobody in this crew has heard that Sen. Murkowski is inclined, then I will withdraw that comment.”

Levin said that yesterday. As of 4:30 p.m. ET today, there are still zero Democratic defections. Is that because the caucus really is comfortable with a guy who can’t correctly state Obama’s position on Iran after weeks of rehearsal (presumably)? Or is it because the Dems are now counting on Republicans to go nuclear with a filibuster, which would solve their Hagel problem for them and let them engage in their favorite pastime, blaming the GOP for being obstructionist? Here’s a ringing endorsement of the candidate from inside the White House:

“It’s somewhere between baffling and incomprehensible,” a member of Mr. Obama’s own team of advisers on Iran said on Thursday night when asked about Mr. Hagel’s stumbling performance on the question during the all-day hearing. The worry was evident in the voice of the official, who would not speak on the record while criticizing the performance of the president’s nominee. For those who question whether the no-containment cornerstone of the Obama approach to Tehran is for real, or just diplomatic rhetoric, Mr. Hagel clearly muddled the message, he said.

Mr. Hagel’s flubbing of the answer was even more remarkable because in his prepared remarks to the committee, which were carefully vetted by the White House and then e-mailed to reporters before the hearing, he got the president’s position exactly right.

That’s what constitutes having done “a fine job” at the hearing, according to Jay Carney. Here’s what I can’t understand: Is there really no one in the galaxy of left-wing defense specialists (which Hagel isn’t, by the way, but let’s pretend) who dislikes Israel and can answer basic foreign-policy questions coherently? The number of Democrats who meet that job description can’t be small. If worse came to worst, surely O could find some well-qualified, moderately pro-Israel Pentagon expert to nominate who’d be willing to please his base by blaming the Iraq war on “a Zionist cabal” or using metaphors about “tentacles” to describe Israeli influence or whatever. The only reasons I can think of why Obama would insist on Hagel is because (a) they’re buds, just like, er, Bush and Harriet Miers, and (b) Hagel’s a Republican, which theoretically gives Obama “bipartisan” cover for all sorts of things. But if it wasn’t already clear before yesterday, it should be clear now that Hagel’s a true RINO; the vast majority of the GOP caucus will vote against him, and enthusiastically so. Given his performance at the hearing, I’d say odds are fair that he’ll replace Eric Holder as conservatives’ least favorite cabinet member going forward. How long is the “b-b-b-but he’s a Republican!” talking point going to work for O under those circumstances?

Via Newsbusters, here’s Scarborough and crew contemplating the spectacle of a patently unqualified nominee for the Defense department facing theatrical questioning from a tea-party favorite. Which part of the equation troubles them most, do you suppose? Exit question via lefty Jonathan Chait: “Whose terrible idea was it to nominate Hagel, anyway?”


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Leftists love mediocre America haters.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Obama has he certain standard that he must demand of himself and all those in his administration.

VorDaj on February 1, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Perfect. All is going to plan for obama. When Hagel screws up, and he will, obama can blame Hagel because he is a “Republican.”

sandee on February 1, 2013 at 5:54 PM

New Steyn…

Containing Hagel

M2RB: Guns ‘N Roses

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Obama has a certain standard that he must demand of himself and all those in his administration.

VorDaj on February 1, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Ever notice Obama seems to hire people who seem brain damaged, like that Clapper guy?

PattyJ on February 1, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Mika and her b-friend Scarborough are incredible dummies.

Mark Steyn nailed Hagel, alas.

Hagel will be a perfect capo for Obama. They both hate America, Israel and defense.

Hagel is a malicious dunce, as opposed to the current simpatico dunce at defense.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Ever notice Obama seems to hire people who seem brain damaged, like that Clapper guy?

PattyJ on February 1, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Make him look smart.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Hapless, unqualified candidate likely to receive unanimous Democratic support for key cabinet post

I guess this tells you what Obama, and Democrats overall, really think about the Department of Defense, and national security in general………

djm1992 on February 1, 2013 at 5:59 PM

The Party of Smart.

The Reality Based Community.

The Party of Science.

/

blatantblue on February 1, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Hagel is for total disarmament. The Russians love him.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Hapless, unqualified VP …

Nothing we’re going to do is going to fundamentally alter or eliminate the possibility of another mass shooting or guarantee that we will bring gun deaths down to a thousand a year from what we’re at now,” Biden said, according to a Politico report.

J_Crater on February 1, 2013 at 5:59 PM

New Steyn…

Containing Hagel

M2RB: Guns ‘N Roses

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Never mind containing the mosquito, what about the vampire squid?

VorDaj on February 1, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Makes him look smart, PattyJ.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2013 at 5:59 PM

N. Korea, the muzzies, Russia shake in their boots.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Obama, Kerry and Hagel, three eunuchy weasels of the first rate!

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2013 at 6:00 PM

I’m guessing there’s some news here somewhere but I don’t see it. I mean, donkeys love donkeys no matter what – what new about that?

platypus on February 1, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Obama picked Hagel because he knows Hagel is too stupid to know he’s being played. Hagel won’t have any say-so at the Pentagon since all decisions are made at the WH.

Hagel’s just a prop and future fall guy, which makes me think that Barry has something up his sleeve wrt that department.

Dusty on February 1, 2013 at 6:02 PM

“Hapless, unqualified candidate likely to receive unanimous Democratic support…”

If they do it for their dictator/president, why not for their proposed Secretary-to-Destroy-America’s-Defense?

TeaPartyNation on February 1, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Wonder how many r’s will vote for this anti-American who fits right in with bho/team?
L

letget on February 1, 2013 at 6:03 PM

“Whose terrible idea was it to nominate Hagel, anyway?”

Well, election have CONSEQUENCES! And this is just another of them.

GarandFan on February 1, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Step aside GOP and let Obama own him.

Note to establishmnet GOP, see what happens when you protect liberals in your caucus? Comes back to bite you EVERY TIME.

DanMan on February 1, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Hagel will be the the dumbest cabinet member until Antonio Villaraigosa gets an appointment.

Mark1971 on February 1, 2013 at 6:05 PM

If the media cared about doing their jobs at all, Hagel would get the Harriet Miers treatment.

steebo77 on February 1, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Obama, Kerry and Hagel, three eunuchy weasels of the first rate!

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2013 at 6:00 PM

If these clowns don’t end up killing a million Americans in the next 4 years it will be a miracle.

FireFly on February 1, 2013 at 6:08 PM

How long is the “b-b-b-but he’s a Republican!” talking point going to work for O under those circumstances?

Oh! About the same shelf life as a certain poster child for morbid obesity had credibility as a “Republican” after slobbering over the rat-eared wonder for simply showing up in NJ after a bad storm where a bunch of rich people lost their beachfront homes.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 6:09 PM

What’s new! If it wasn’t for the inadequate and haplessly unqualified, there would be no Democrat Party. So it’s business as usual. Ineptness will be rewarded again. Excellence in government is as scarce as hens teeth.

savage24 on February 1, 2013 at 6:09 PM

This is good news actually. The sooner the masses get pissed off at this administration the sooner we can start shutting it down.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Jack Lew, John Kerry and Chuck Hagel: a hack, a dandy and an incompetent. It’s the perfect lineup for Obama’s sycophant Cabinet.

Curtiss on February 1, 2013 at 6:11 PM

FYI, the only people who should be offended are the American people for having to put up with the incompetence of Hagel as SecDef.

Tater Salad on February 1, 2013 at 6:16 PM

You think Hagel was fun, you just wait to see the stumbling and bumbling and stuttering if obbummy nominates soon-to-be-ex-mayor of LA Tony Villaraigosa as transportation secretary.

Popcorn time.

kurtzz3 on February 1, 2013 at 6:16 PM

There is something seriously wrong with a nominee who is praised by governments that hate our very existence–not only our country but also its people. But Democrats don’t get that clue. Maybe it’s too big for them to grasp.

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Remember when Les Aspin resigned after Mogadishu?

Lord only knows what kind of a colossal screw up it would take for Hagel to resign.

Curtiss on February 1, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Hapless, unqualified candidate

You could have just said “Democrat candidate.” Same thing. (No, not “Democratic.”)

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2013 at 6:20 PM

My theory is that this is obama exerting control over the dems early on by making them approve this guy.

tomas on February 1, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Rush has always said it takes demonstrable failure to climb the Democratic ladder of success.

jan3 on February 1, 2013 at 6:26 PM

There is something seriously wrong with a nominee who is praised by governments that hate our very existence–not only our country but also its people. But Democrats don’t get that clue. Maybe it’s too big for them to grasp.

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Clue? Democrats consider an Iranian endorsement a plus for the nominee. They hate America as we know it that much. They agree with Hagel’s unilateral disarmament stand and are thrilled the keys to those weapons are about to be handed over to the bastard.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Rush has always said it takes demonstrable failure to climb the Democratic ladder of success.

jan3 on February 1, 2013 at 6:26 PM

That’s for the low information voters who couldn’t tell you about our national security policy but are well aware of the need to have a “story.” You see it all the time on reality shows like American Idol. Your singing ability is less important than having your “story” of having been raised by wolves or something.

That Hagel will gut the DoD is less important than his story.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Can’t wait to see this vote’s roll call.

Jim-Rose on February 1, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Jack Lew, John Kerry and Chuck Hagel: a hack, a dandy and an incompetent. It’s the perfect lineup for Obama’s sycophant Cabinet.

Curtiss on February 1, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Hey, that’s a dandy gigolo.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Clue? Democrats consider an Iranian endorsement a plus for the nominee. They hate America as we know it that much. They agree with Hagel’s unilateral disarmament stand and are thrilled the keys to those weapons are about to be handed over to the bastard.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Further proof they’re bigger idiots than we even say. Do they think they’ll be spared? Seems they forgot 9/11, when that last plane went down in PA instead of hitting its target in Washington. To this day, no one knows if it was the White House or the Capitol building.

There was an old series of books in the 80s, where a major European war erupted between us and the Soviets in Europe. Despite being outnumbered, we were winning–right up until a traitorous president surrendered. Scary at the time, but hard to accept under Reagan.

Now I’m not so sure. But I prefer to hope not even the Dems are THAT stupid. We may end up on collective farms, but those jokers will lose everything including their lives.

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 6:34 PM

another example of democrats putting party/dogma ahead of country man and God. Seriouly… Obama could nominate Satan as his spiritual mentor and those insanely hyper partisan hacks in the democrat party and MSM would find a host of good things they love about him. Hackery run amuck.

mark81150 on February 1, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Hapless, unqualified candidate likely to receive unanimous Democratic support for key cabinet post

AP, is “unqualified” the talking point your puppet masters instructed Hot Air to mouth off today?

antifederalist on February 1, 2013 at 6:37 PM

“Whose terrible idea was it to nominate Hagel, anyway?”

Bush’s fault of course.

Ukiah on February 1, 2013 at 6:38 PM

another example of democrats putting party/dogma ahead of country man and God. Seriouly… Obama could nominate Satan as his spiritual mentor and those insanely hyper partisan hacks in the democrat party and MSM would find a host of good things they love about him. Hackery run amuck.

mark81150 on February 1, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Pretty much.

visions on February 1, 2013 at 6:38 PM

This is good news actually. The sooner the masses get pissed off at this administration the sooner we can start shutting it down.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 6:10 PM

I have been hearing variations of this theme for well over half a century – and I’m still waiting!

OldEnglish on February 1, 2013 at 6:40 PM

New Steyn…

Containing Hagel

M2RB: Guns ‘N Roses

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Mmmmmm… G’nR. Excellent.

Hagel, not so much.

bofh on February 1, 2013 at 6:41 PM

If these clowns don’t end up killing a million Americans in the next 4 years it will be a miracle.

FireFly on February 1, 2013 at 6:08 PM

I think a million is way too low.

I console myself with the thought that most will be lost in the cities. Which are democrat strongholds.

This may very well be a self-correcting problem.

trigon on February 1, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Republicans better find their spine and filibuster this fool. This is our DEFENSE we’re talking about here. Our troops deserve someone who knows what they are doing. Americans deserve better.

Conservative Independent on February 1, 2013 at 6:49 PM

There is something seriously wrong with a nominee who is praised by governments that hate our very existence–not only our country but also its people. But Democrats don’t get that clue. Maybe it’s too big for them to grasp.

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 6:17 PM

You are quite wrong there. They get it alright. That is why they favor him. Democrats despise this country as much the leaders of Iran. They seek for the demise of the USA. That is why they keep electing and appointing anti-Americans. Obama wasn’t reelected by Democrats because they thought he could get us back to the glory days. They elected him to take us as far away from those days as possible.

The Notorious G.O.P on February 1, 2013 at 6:50 PM

This entire exercise has been a textbook example of The Peter Principle.

Mr. Grump on February 1, 2013 at 6:52 PM

The Notorious G.O.P on February 1, 2013 at 6:50 PM

I’m trying to keep from being a total cynic.

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 6:56 PM

A long-time Capitol Hill Democrat astounded by the hearing tells Jennifer Rosen of the Washington Post:

“It is very clear from the testimony that Sen. Hagel will not be bringing the potato salad to the next Mensa picnic.”

…of course, the astounded, “long-time Capitol Hill Democrat” could be Hank “Guam Might Tip Over And Capsize” Johnson and I’m pretty sure that he won’t even be bringing the red ants to the next Mensa picnic.

Hapless, unqualified and ignorant describe soooo many in the ruling class. I guess it could be worse. Obama could have named Hank “Guam Might Tip Over And Capsize” Johnson or Barbara “Call Me Ma’am” Boxer or anyone of so many on Democrats’ deep bench of dummies.

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 7:02 PM

i’m sure barry got tired of Panetta sticking up for DoD. Complaining about money and everything.

He’s got the perfect guy for the job…isolationist, Defense cutter and neutral in the ME. And he’s an R. I’m sure the WH was patting themselves on the back when Chuck said ‘yeah’ I’ll do it

r keller on February 1, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Why not, we had a hapless unqualified SOS who accomplished absolutely nothing during her term and leaves with an outstanding approval rating! This after skating through a Congressional investigation into her dereliction of duty in the Benghazi incident where 4 of our citizens were killed and where she uttered the now infamous statement “what difference does it make?” She will undoubtedly replace the current hapless and unqualified COC in 2016.

scalleywag on February 1, 2013 at 7:17 PM

ughhhh… Joe, JUST STOP PRETENDING AND ANNOUNCE THAT YOU ARE A democRAT!!! you are seriously pathetic

and this is not surprising by the democrats..they want hagel in there to make it look like a republican enforced draconian defense cuts..yeah..this is purely poltical and that’s insane for such an important cabinet position….

sadsushi on February 1, 2013 at 7:20 PM

AP, is “unqualified” the talking point your puppet masters instructed Hot Air to mouth off today?

antifederalist on February 1, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Yeah, ‘cuz it’s not as though Progressive journalists/pundits were on Twitter yesterday at the same time when I was saying the EXACT SAME THING…Nah, it’s ALL because Allah is spouting talking points from his puppetmasters like, undoubtedly, the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson.

Oh, wait…

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 7:21 PM

He’s not even competent enough to host a game of Risk.

ButterflyDragon on February 1, 2013 at 7:21 PM

The line between kabuki and reality is becoming indistinguishable.

MT on February 1, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Yep.

^

Axe on February 1, 2013 at 7:23 PM

I have been hearing variations of this theme for well over half a century – and I’m still waiting!

OldEnglish on February 1, 2013 at 6:40 PM

But have you ever heard it at a time the Executive Branch is ruling by fiat, the Constitution is under attack, and the productive are expected to subsidize legions of parasites who contribute nothing to society except the next generation of moochers?

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 7:24 PM

He’s not even competent enough to host a game of Risk.
ButterflyDragon on February 1, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Ha!

MT on February 1, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Hapless, unqualified candidate likely to receive unanimous Democratic support for key cabinet post

John Kerry got sworn in as SecState today, what do you mean?

BKennedy on February 1, 2013 at 7:31 PM

AP, is “unqualified” the talking point your puppet masters instructed Hot Air to mouth off today?

antifederalist on February 1, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Funny coincidence.

AP is actually manning the Jew’s penile-reduction beam today.

He’s been focused on Muslim, middle-eastern genitalia the whole day, and I know for a fact that he hasn’t read his email. My master’s computer beeps when AP reads his email.

Zion’s light shine upon you,

— Axe

Axe on February 1, 2013 at 7:32 PM

another example of democrats putting party/dogma ahead of country man and God. Seriouly… Obama could nominate Satan as his spiritual mentor and those insanely hyper partisan hacks in the democrat party and MSM would find a host of good things they love about him. Hackery run amuck.

mark81150 on February 1, 2013 at 6:35 PM

yes indeed..hyper partisan hacks are all of them

sadsushi on February 1, 2013 at 7:35 PM

But Hagel is a Republican so he’s supposed to be an idiot. Maybe that’s why Dear Leader nominated him?

Dingbat63 on February 1, 2013 at 7:52 PM

He will be Sec Def by 75-20 and not all 20 are Republicans and not all 75 are Democrats.

But Romney’s is not conservative enough to be the conservative chose for president, so you get this.

tjexcite on February 1, 2013 at 7:53 PM

What’s bad about all of this is the outrageous, outrage expressed by Sacarborough and the plagiarist he hs on with him.

Low info voters aren’t inclined to put forth the effort to find out who Hagel is but have their minds formed by the hacks on MSNBC and the main stream media.

Vince on February 1, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Carl Levin gazes upon the future of “smart power” and sees

…as a resident of Michigan…I apologize that voters have not been able to diagnose the dementia in that DC democrat… 20 years after he quit being useful to the state… and could no longer find his way home!..Levin gets elected for what he did for Detroit ‘in the good old days’…just like Dingbat John Dingel…We have given you Dementia Debbie too!

KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Chuckie is Obama’s hatchet.Do the dems realize how many DOD contractors and employees will be cut loose?With job security gone the donations, kickbacks,and votes disappear.

docflash on February 1, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 7:24 PM

But that would require the parasites to change their attitude. Have you ever tried to get a leech to stop sucking, of its own accord, before being stuffed to the gills?

OldEnglish on February 1, 2013 at 8:39 PM

“Whose terrible idea was it to nominate Hagel, anyway?”

Um, that would be Obama, who has no hostile intent toward limited government, or Israel.

AshleyTKing on February 1, 2013 at 11:40 PM

It is voters who keep leftist Democrat losers like Levin and the other Democrats who favor Hagel as Defense Secretary in the positions of authority they are in right now.

It is these same voters who have the ability to change this every single time there is an election.

The problem is that for most of these voters, they have yet to get out of the apathetic stage and finally get into the ‘enough is enough!” stage.

pilamaye on February 2, 2013 at 5:32 AM

If Hagel is so horrible, and hates america, how do you explain this?

Thirteen years ago, McCain, then a presidential candidate, named Chuck Hagel as a man he’d like to see run the Defense Department.

triple on February 2, 2013 at 7:13 AM

But obama nominates him, essentially taking McCain’s own advice to himself.. and.. oh, right, it’s somehow “different” now, and it can’t be allowed.

triple on February 2, 2013 at 7:16 AM

Hapless, unqualified candidate likely to receive unanimous Democratic support for key cabinet post.

How is this any different from any other appointment
Obozo has made ?

BillyPenn on February 2, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Can Hagel really be a worse Sec of Defense than Obama is a President? Not possible. Let the Dems vote him in.

At this point, what difference does it make?

DRayRaven on February 2, 2013 at 9:13 AM

The Demonrats continue to defy even the most dire predictions for stupidity and incompetence. There is now no qualification to run for President or to be appointed Secretary of State or Secretary of Defense. Nor is there any factor (other than conservatism) which disqualifies anyone…which may be even more damning.

Jaibones on February 2, 2013 at 11:12 AM

In Santa Cruz they had a deaf lady with a radio program. I could never understand what she was saying, which was just as well I guess. Hagel is the equivalent for DoD. I’m sure glad I’m not in Santa Cruz or the Army any longer.

claudius on February 2, 2013 at 1:03 PM

In Santa Cruz they had a deaf lady with a radio program. I could never understand what she was saying, which was just as well I guess. Hagel is the equivalent for DoD. I’m sure glad I’m not in Santa Cruz or the Army any longer.

claudius on February 2, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Wow, that’s a pretty ironic example you used there.

…you know Rush is deaf, right?

triple on February 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM