Here we go, the right is pulling a Susan Rice on Chuck Hagel and will stop at nothing to defeat his nomination for Defense Secretary. The reality is that won’t work. He will be confirmed. It’s amazing that the Republicans are willing to turn on one of their own, someone who was held in such high esteem. It’s interesting to see that now Democrats are going after Chuck Hagel.
The New York Times: “A brand new conservative group calling itself Americans for a Strong Defense and financed by anonymous donors is running advertisements urging Democratic senators in five states to vote against Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee to be secretary of defense.”
“Another freshly minted and anonymously backed organization, Use Your Mandate, which presents itself as a liberal gay rights group but purchases its television time through a prominent Republican firm, is attacking Mr. Hagel as ‘anti-Gay,’ ‘anti-woman’ and ‘anti-Israel’ in ads and mailers.”
“Those groups are joining at least five others that are organizing to stop Mr. Hagel’s confirmation, a goal even they acknowledge appears to be increasingly challenging. But the effort comes with a built-in consolation prize should it fail: depleting some of Mr. Obama’s political capital as he embarks on a new term with fresh momentum.”