Unspinnable: White House “disappointed” in Hagel’s performance at hearing

posted at 9:31 am on February 1, 2013 by Allahpundit

There is a way to spin it, actually. You could throw a tantrum over how mean Republicans were to poor Chuck, like Chris Matthews did. But evidently, and uncharacteristically, the White House isn’t going that route. Why not? They’ll never admit that Hagel was a terrible choice by yanking the nomination; there’s also no evidence that Senate Democrats are turning against him. When asked after the hearing yesterday how he thought Hagel did, Carl Levin somehow summoned the courage to say “good job.” If they’re willing to vote for a guy who believes idiocy like this, they’re not going to torpedo him for having a bad day at the microphone:

In his 2008 book, “America: Our Next Chapter,” Hagel wrote that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “cannot be looked at in isolation. Like a stone dropped into a placid lake, its ripples extend out farther and farther. Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon feel the effects most noticeably. Farther still, Afghanistan and Pakistan; anything that impacts their political stability also affects the two emerging economic superpowers, India and China.”…

Come with me on a quick tour of the greater Middle East. The Syrian civil war? Unrelated to the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. The slow disintegration of Yemen? Unrelated. Chaos and violence in Libya? Unrelated. Chaos and fundamentalism in Egypt? The creation of a Palestinian state on the West Bank would not have stopped the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, nor would it have stopped the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood. Terrorism in Algeria? Unrelated. The Iranian nuclear program? How would the creation of a Palestinian state have persuaded the Iranian regime to cease its pursuit of nuclear weapons? Someone please explain. Sunni-Shiite civil war in Iraq? The unrest in Bahrain? Pakistani havens for al-Qaeda affiliates? All unrelated.

Why does this matter? Because our leaders should have a realistic — as opposed to a “realist” — understanding of the root causes of Middle East strife. How can they protect us from threats if they don’t understand the causes of these threats?

If Hagel’s not losing votes (as far as we know) and he’s not going to withdraw, what purpose does it serve for the White House to say it’s disappointed in him? Are they signaling to Senate Dems that they’re now free to vote against him if they wish? But why would they do that when they know most of the public either won’t care or won’t remember on election day what happened yesterday? It’s inexplicable.

Here’s the CBS crew ruminating over it, followed by the RNC’s 80-second edit of the hearing’s lowlights. In hindsight, I think Republicans missed an opportunity to do much greater damage to him. Graham’s interrogation was fun and well deserved, and McCain’s points about the surge are fine, but all of that will be dismissed by liberals as grandstanding. The only line of questioning that would have resonated across party lines is one delving into detail about how little he knows of the Pentagon and how it operates. There was a rich vein of ignorance to be tapped there, but for the most part it wasn’t. Unfortunate.



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The Jewish lobby was training rays from their dumb machine on Hagel yesterday?

mwbri on February 1, 2013 at 9:36 AM

What the hell does Hagel have on Obama? I can think of no other reason why this nitwit is about to be confirmed as the man in charge of our armed forces.

CTSherman on February 1, 2013 at 9:37 AM

The Jewish lobby was training rays from their dumb machine on Hagel yesterday?

mwbri on February 1, 2013 at 9:36 AM

lol

Good Lt on February 1, 2013 at 9:37 AM

On The Job Training…
Nothing new here.

Electrongod on February 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM

I’m sure, in an ‘expansion and clarification’ statement, the White House will attest its disappointment is in how the partisan Republicans are still being obstructionist. Does anyone on our side think for a second that Obama wants a competent SecDef, one who dispute Obama’s wishes in a meeting?

Obama wants an entourage of yes-men, people who are terrified of the rage he’ll release when his narcissism is challenged in any way. Of course there’s the fact Obama hates this country, but his arrogance is well wrapped in the package.

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM

WH: Hagel just ain’t eating enough eggs. Thats why he had a brain-freeze. Even the NYT says that eggs are good for you.

tommy71 on February 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Actually, he sounded like he was on meds during his opening statement?

I was cringing as I listened to him speak because he seemed like a comedian that was bombing or something… he was totally out there.

singlemalt 18 on February 1, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Graham’s interrogation was fun and well deserved, and McCain’s points …

Graham wants to know why Hagel was one of 12 Senators who didn’t sign a letter affirming Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

Well, I want to know why Graham and McCain can’t affirm that the Muslim brotherhood is a terrorist organization instead of attacking, along with Rubio, Michelle Bachman for even questioning the Muslim Brotherhood.

McCain and Graham can follow Hagel to hell.

As to McCain’s “points”, they are the routine rantings of a senile old POS.

VorDaj on February 1, 2013 at 9:42 AM

There was a rich vein of ignorance to be tapped there, but for the most part it wasn’t.

DoD grade snark, Allah….

ted c on February 1, 2013 at 9:44 AM

What the hell does Hagel have on Obama? I can think of no other reason why this nitwit is about to be confirmed as the man in charge of our armed forces.

CTSherman on February 1, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Strike that, reverse it. What does Obama have on Hagel that he wants him “in charge” of the armed forces?

Fallon on February 1, 2013 at 9:45 AM

If the republican establishment will not or can not protect me from incompetents like Hagel being put into high national security positions, what the hell good are they?

drunyan8315 on February 1, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Maybe the WH never wanted Hagel. Hagel was their attempt to look reasonable. His name will now be withdrawn and the WH will submit their real choice. And it will be awful.

esr1951 on February 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM

But why would they do that when they know most of the public either won’t care or won’t remember on election day what happened yesterday?

The Obama Campaign will weaponize it against Republicans. They can say “Look, we tried to include a Republican, but he turned out to be a racist idiot like the rest of them, so now we have no choice but to nominate Bill Ayers for defense sec…”

Or “Republicans shot down a Republican nominee just because Obama, who by the way is black, magnanimously picked him!”

forest on February 1, 2013 at 9:48 AM

If Hagel’s not losing votes (as far as we know) and he’s not going to withdraw, what purpose does it serve for the White House to say it’s disappointed in him?

A more apposite question might be “who does Obama really have in mind for the job?”

I now think Hagel was a bit of misdirection, as was Susan Rice. Kerry was always the man for Secretary of State, but they threw Rice out there to satisfy the base, while giving Republicans something to froth about, looking like sexist obstructionists in the process. Rice was never going to be confirmed, and the White House knew it. Kerry, of course, sailed in.

This Hagel farce will go on for another few days, and then he will withdraw. Republicans can carve another false knotch on their belt, and then roundly confirm whoever choice number two is.

So who is it?

Mr. Arkadin on February 1, 2013 at 9:50 AM

The Obama Campaign will weaponize it against Republicans. They can say “Look, we tried to include a Republican, but he turned out to be a racist idiot like the rest of them, so now we have no choice but to nominate Bill Ayers Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for defense sec…”

forest on February 1, 2013 at 9:48 AM

VorDaj on February 1, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Look, the testimony is the least of OUR problems with this nomination. Nevermind Hagel is a Jew-hating homophobe. The man wants the United States to unilaterally disarm our nuclear weapons. Why in the hell would we put such a man in charge of our nuclear weapons. It would be as insane as putting a man honored by the Vietnamese Communists in charge of the State Department…. oh wait. Nevermind.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Smart Power Gone Awry!!

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 9:52 AM

“Disappointed”? How about downright EMBARRASSED.

Clink on February 1, 2013 at 9:52 AM

This administration? Never. You have to know shame to be embarrassed.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 9:52 AM

If the republican establishment will not or can not protect me from incompetents like Hagel being put into high national security positions, what the hell good are they?

drunyan8315 on February 1, 2013 at 9:45 AM

“You been crying” he said to Hazel.

“Yup,” she said.

“What about?” he said.

“I forget,” she said. “Something real sad on television.”

“What was it?” he said.

“It’s all kind of mixed up in my mind,” said Hazel.

“Forget sad things,” said George.

“I always do” said Hazel.

“That’s my girl,” said George. He winced. There was the sound of a rivetting gun in his head.

“Gee – I could tell that one was a doozy,” said Hazel.

“You can say that again,” said George.

“Gee-” said Hazel, “I could tell that one was a doozy.”

Fallon on February 1, 2013 at 9:52 AM

If this guy gets voted in, they should fore go confirmation hearings–FOREVER.

hillsoftx on February 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM

The only line of questioning that would have resonated across party lines is one delving into detail about how little he knows of the Pentagon and how it operates. There was a rich vein of ignorance to be tapped there, but for the most part it wasn’t. Unfortunate.

Don’t know how much difference that would have made. Obama knew (knows) little about being President yet here we are.

Bitter Clinger on February 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Hagel wasn’t chosen for his intelligence, the man was chosen for one reason: To be a good little military-gutting drone who will treat Israel like a pariah.

Bishop on February 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Hagel’s past statements concerning the US being the bully of the world are sufficient to disqualify him. The Republicans need to hammer that simple message home and forget about multiple messages and nuance.

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canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Yeah, just the kinda guy the country needs to send meals-on-wheels to Mali with the 3rd Armored Cav.

Limerick on February 1, 2013 at 9:56 AM

The only line of questioning that would have resonated across party lines is one delving into detail about how little he knows of the Pentagon and how it operates.

I wonder if they were unaware of it until the hearing? But that even makes it worse because one of the Republicans biggest problems is that they don’t appear to be able to think on their feet. Hagel is in and I think we will need to bring back the “gird your loins” phrase.

Cindy Munford on February 1, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Bishop on February 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM

With an “R” behind his name to add “legitimacy”.

Cindy Munford on February 1, 2013 at 9:58 AM

They will confirm Hagel. With the election won Obama and Dems can focus on permanently altering and destroying our military from the inside. The point of even having a military in the future will be to protect the government from it’s people. Namely, conservatives and those who oppose the democrat party and it’s socialist views. Thus, the push of gays, women and lefists in leadership roles such as Hagel.

Rockshine on February 1, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Lets see. Anti-Israel, anti-war, anti-nukes, anti-gay, anti-greens. Oh hes pro-Iran. Hell of a qualification, ain’t it? Combine that with the fact that hes a doofus whos not ready for prime time as seen by the hearings, this guy is gonna be in charge of the Pentagon? What could go wrong?

tommy71 on February 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

You mean the GOP completely screwed the pooch and was unable to do a competent job exposing Hagel as the idiot he admitted to being?

Pathetic.

Third Party time yet?

alecj on February 1, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Just a little study on Bark’s choices for appointees will point in the direction he has always been taking. Look at the human trash the Dog Eater has chosen; Van Jones, Geithner, Solis, Jarrett, etc. There isn’t a one of those people you would allow in your house much less oversee a government department or sit on a high court.

Hagel is simply the latest jackwad in line following behind the parade of previous jackwads who Bark has offered the nation, and there will be equally jackwaddish dolts who are yet to come.

Bishop on February 1, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Morning Joe crew called cruz a clown
Yeah they were definitely bashing the gop for their badgering of hagel

Pathetic

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM

51-49 hagel will get it
Methinks

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM

esr1951 on February 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM

This. The real candidate is Michele Flournoy – WH wanted Hagel to be knocked back in order to throw her into the mix, first female SECDEF, war on women, so-called ‘Democrat Hawk,’ etc., etc.

Flournoy has warned against a preemptive U.S. or Israeli strike on Iran, calling it “a tactical step that undermines the strategic goal” of preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. However, Flournoy has also allowed that military action remains a possibility in the future, telling the Jerusalem Post in August 2012 that “Israel can rely on Obama to stop a nuclear Iran. … [T]he policy is not containment and I think he is serious about that.” http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/flournoy_michele

Contrast that statement with Hagel’s statements and performance – he was coached to fail. Only reason I can come up with for not starting with her from the outset is a lame attempt to appear nonpartisan – thinking they’ll have cover to nominate her in the wake of Hagel’s non-confirmation, given the presumed contrast in performances.

Right on February 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM

He has zero executive experience running a large enterprise.

It makes sense to road test him with a small assignment like running the Pentagon.

Sometimes people really step up to the plate like Barky.

CorporatePiggy on February 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM

It’s pretty hard to spin stupid…

I mean, when Lindsey Graham slaps you around and takes your lunch money … youch!

M240H on February 1, 2013 at 10:12 AM

You mean the GOP completely screwed the pooch and was unable to do a competent job exposing Hagel as the idiot he admitted to being?

Pathetic.

Third Party time yet?

alecj on February 1, 2013 at 10:04 AM

You idiot. You are the one who is pathetic or dense.

The GOP did a good job of exposing Hagel who is, nominally, a Republican. But in the current toxic environment That isn’t enough. Hagel will likely be confirmed on a partisan vote even though he is a Jew-hating homophobe who wants unilateral disarmament and considers Iran a legitimately elected government.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM

In hindsight, I think Republicans missed an opportunity to do much greater damage to him.

I think they’re damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Right now the unstated spin is “Had I realized a Republican could be this incompetent, I wouldn’t have nominated Chuck Hagel” and ignore the vetting criticism if he fails.

Anyway, it’s Hagel or someone worse, at least with attitude on policy, if not just as bad on intelligence score. As could be seen from Benghazi, the Secretary doesn’t make the major to critical decisions anyway. That’s done by the WH and with sequester reductions in the military in place there won’t be much to change or guide there. The rest will be done by the careerists at the Pentagon, so Hagel will just be a caretaker and the only potential problem will be if and when Hagel steps in front of a microphone.

There’s no way this nomination isn’t a trap by the WH lying in wait. If Hagel gets nixed, it will be another milestone on Obama’s road to destroy the Republican Party, casting Republicans as so obstructionist they won’t even put a fellow Republican in the SecDef seat. Obama will then go with someone worse, particularly on Israel, Republican opposition will be more intense, and Obama has the option of casting it any number of ways to call for the destruction of Republicans once again.

I’m inclined to put it all back on Obama, stating that my advice to Obama is to find someone else before the vote for the obvious reasons shown by the hearing, but he has a right to his own Cabinet, especially since the WH will be making all the decisions there in any event, and I’ll reluctantly vote to give him his nominee.

Dusty on February 1, 2013 at 10:16 AM

He let the cat out of the bag with that “containment” BS.

Ben Hur on February 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Yeah they were definitely bashing the gop for their badgering of hagel

Pathetic

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Badgering should be okay, it’s wolverining that is soon to be outlawed.

Fallon on February 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Hagel will set the benchmark.
“Does he/she meet the Hagel Test ?” will be heard for years to come.

J_Crater on February 1, 2013 at 10:21 AM

My faves from yesterday:

Brit Hume ✔ @brithume

“It’s probably dawning on Sens. who didn’t serve w/Hagel that he’s just not very bright. Exchange w/McCain unresponsive & bumbling.”

Josh Greenman @joshgreenman

“When does Joe Torre come to the mound to take Hagel out?”

“I’m less curious whether Hagel is qualified to be SecDef than I am if he’s qualified to be Asst. Manger at the Scottsdale Mall Foot Locker—”

InnocuousPicGuy69 (@AceofSpadesHQ) January 31, 2013

Ben Domenech @bdomenech

“As I said from the beginning, the problem with Hagel isn’t Israel – it’s that he’s not very bright, and he’s a dick about it.”

“Only thing left is for Ted Cruz is to hold up Hagel’s severed head.—”

DrewM (@DrewMTips) January 31, 2013

Notice closely what comes after the period and keep in mind that this is from SLATE.COM:

“Sen. Hagel’s confirmation hearing performance was brilliant. /” #slate

— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) January 31, 2013

Can you imagine Saturday Night Live?

“I can see the Jewish lobby, unilateral disarmament, and Iranian nuclear containment from my house!”

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Fallon heh

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Good quotes rwm

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Newsbusters’ clip of Moaning Schmoe re/ Hagel will make your head explode.

Marcus on February 1, 2013 at 10:30 AM

I think I might write Sen. Nelson about how wise it would be to confirm someone who will need a guide to actually find his office in the Pentagon, let alone decipher the how to run it.

Cindy Munford on February 1, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Maybe the WH never wanted Hagel. Hagel was their attempt to look reasonable. His name will now be withdrawn and the WH will submit their real choice. And it will be awful.

esr1951 on February 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM

^this^
Plus it is another attempt to divide/destroy the Republicans. Barky can say ‘see, I tried, I nominated a Republican, and look how they beat up on him. Treated him like a dog.’

Brat on February 1, 2013 at 10:33 AM

There was a rich vein of ignorance to be tapped there

That’s what recommends Hagel to the position. This administration has excelled at ignorance.

GarandFan on February 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM

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.

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 10:41 AM

esr1951 on February 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM

You might be correct, I’m not sure about the use of the word “reasonable” because that benchmark was never in reach. I would be interested in how much preparation the WH expended on this nomination, in the past most presidents have spent a lot of time and effort on this very public display of their choices.

Cindy Munford on February 1, 2013 at 10:43 AM

There was a rich vein of ignorance to be tapped there, but for the most part it wasn’t. Unfortunate.

I don’t know Allah…
…could be that there was SO much ignorance to be tapped that they had a hard time fitting it in.

Baxter Greene on February 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

I’m proud of the way the GOP questioned this nominee. They were questions that should have been asked by anyone who cares about the defense of our country.

scalleywag on February 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

If you look at Hagel’s resume since he left the Congress, on paper he looks like the perfect Robin-Wonk to Obama’s Bat-Wonk. He’s a professor of international relations at Georgetown & wrote a duly nuanced and perceptive book about foreign policy. So in Hagel Obama might think he had found the perfect cringing toady who could sound all intelligent and statesmanlike while his boss dismantled the military.

Well, Hagel can deliver on the essential part, being a cringing toady.

dhimwit on February 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Newsbusters’ clip of Moaning Schmoe re/ Hagel will make your head explode.

Marcus on February 1, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Morning Joe crew called cruz a clown
Yeah they were definitely bashing the gop for their badgering of hagel

Pathetic

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Unbelievable:

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/mark-finkelstein/2013/02/01/hagel-hearing-scarborough-so-contemptuous-ted-cruz-wont-mention-hi#ixzz2JfBM0MMH

SCARBOROUGH:

And these attackers, these three, four, five Republicans that were just really openly hostile to him, they weren’t talking about matters of substance moving forward.

….so actually knowing about the job you are asking to be confirmed to….anti-semitic remarks….believing that the Iranian elections were “legitimate”…parroting Jewish conspiracy theories….knowing whether Obama’s Iranian policy is “containment” or “prevention” of them obtaining a nuclear weapon (had to be corrected by a democratic Senator)….

…..is not “matters of substance” to Joe Scarborough and the morning joke crew.

Stuck on Stupid.

Of course Joe is the same guy who got his panties all bunched up over Hillary getting tough questions only to turn around and call a Republican woman a “Jackass” because she believed she should be able to protect herself and her children with a gun from criminals.

What a joke.

Baxter Greene on February 1, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Any talking head who floats the idea that Republicans should have supported Hagel because of a previous R affiliation should be told NO, because Republicans are capable of putting country ahead of party when it is necessary, and this was one of those times, as bizarre as that may seem to Democrats and their media toadys.

drunyan8315 on February 1, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Why are people so surprised at the stupidity and unpreparedness of Hagel. When Omama selected Joe Biden for VP anything became possible.

greasywrench on February 1, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Actually, I’m surprised the White House stated they were disappointed. I figured they would just remain silent and let him (perhaps) get the nod. Then they would have another patsy to throw under the bus when Obama’s impotence in foreign affairs and national defence surface again. Now they have a guy that might assume a very high level cabinet position and about whom they have expressed a level of disappointment before he assumes the position (so to speak). I know, maybe he’ll be asked to quietly step aside and Hillary will be put up for the nomination. Obama is pretty brazen. I leave him open to doing anything.

DaveDief on February 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

But why would they do that when they know most of the public either won’t care or won’t remember on election day what happened yesterday? It’s inexplicable.

What difference does it make?

VibrioCocci on February 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM

I now think Hagel was a bit of misdirection, as was Susan Rice. Kerry was always the man for Secretary of State, but they threw Rice out there to satisfy the base, while giving Republicans something to froth about, looking like sexist obstructionists in the process. Rice was never going to be confirmed, and the White House knew it. Kerry, of course, sailed in.

No.. Apparently Rasputin (aka Valerie Jarret) really wanted Susan Rice in there. She is behind all of Obama’s stupid ideological decisions, such as the birth control mandate. Barry doubled down with Hagel despite the objections raise (and Hagel’s obvious stupidity) because he was upset that the McCain’s possee was able to sink Rice’s nomination. Obama is incredibly thin skinned and only thinks in terms of petty politics. Republicans were against Hagel, so he was going to nominate Hagel ’cause.

Illinidiva on February 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Why are people so surprised at the stupidity and unpreparedness of Hagel. When Omama selected Joe Biden for VP anything became possible.

greasywrench on February 1, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Conspiracy theory alert… Hillary Clinton demanded that Obama pick Biden so that she’d be guaranteed the nomination in 2016.

Illinidiva on February 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Why are people so surprised at the stupidity and unpreparedness of Hagel.

greasywrench on February 1, 2013 at 11:27 AM

We’re not. We KNEW he was stupid.

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Ha! They are calling him “Harriet Hagel” at NR.

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

What the hell does Hagel have on Obama? I can think of no other reason why this nitwit is about to be confirmed as the man in charge of our armed forces.

CTSherman on February 1, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Recall that Überdouchefuhrer Obama wants a civilian defense force, i.e., a brown-shirted goon squad, every bit as powerful and well funded as the military.

Half of that plan involves ruining the military.

justltl on February 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

dhimwit on February 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

He was a professor? Wow, I wasn’t expecting to have my low opinion of higher education validated by Sen. Hagel.

Cindy Munford on February 1, 2013 at 1:11 PM

On The Job Training…
Nothing new here.

Electrongod on February 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM

…it’s a requirement!

KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Loved the idiot’s response to one of Graham’s questions: “Well, I would need to know what President thinks”. No, moron, ELECTORATE put you in Senate (seems pretty dumb electorate at that), you should not care what president thinks. Do you understand “separation of powers” supported by the Constitution?

riddick on February 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Hagel looked worse than Obama at a debate without Crowley on the Offensive Line

DANEgerus on February 1, 2013 at 2:52 PM

The only thing worse than Obama-lama-ding-dong’s domestic policy is his foreign policy. Like it or not, Hagel’s appointment plays into that meme. We are doomed.

georgeofthedesert on February 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM