Apparently I’ve been missing the show:
Chuck Hagel came under rapid fire from former senators at his confirmation hearings as secretary of defense on Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
He clashed with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a former friend and Vietnam veteran, when he refused to give him a direct answer on whether the Iraq war surge succeeded. He apologized for using the term “Jewish lobby” in a rambling answer to a question from Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and stumbled in his answers on Iran.
Hagel’s answers prompted at least one prominent conservative, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), to announce he would oppose Hagel’s nomination.
“I’ve stated long ago I’ve been deeply disturbed by his previous comments and positions in regards to sanctions on Iran and in regards to direct negotiations with North Korea,” Rubio told Fox News during Hagel’s testimony. Obviously, statements he’s made about Israel…I just don’t believe I will be able to support his nomination especially after his testimony in the last hour here, he’s really not said anything that addresses those concerns to my satisfaction.”
Hagel could go down as one of the weirdest nominees in recent history. He’s a Republican and a former senator, but the Republicans don’t like him. I’m guessing he gets confirmed by a fairly narrow party-line margin.