Does Hagel have enough support to clear the Senate? The White House thinks so
The White House still thinks it has the Senate votes to put Chuck Hagel in the top job at the Pentagon, but concedes it would be a narrowly won victory.
After a confirmation hearing last week that did nothing to help Hagel’s candidacy, the Obama administration counts about 57 senators as supporting his nomination to lead the Defense Department. A handful more have said they would oppose a filibuster.
Hagel is continuing his Capitol Hill courtesy calls this week, scheduled to meet with roughly 20 senators, which would push his total to about 72, a senior administration official said.
And those meetings are said to have gone better than his public berating at the Senate Armed Services Committee.