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  •  I could care less what party Obama nominees (14+ / 0-)

    belong to, if any, compared to whether they're the best person for the job. I have no idea if Hagel is that, but it has nothing to do with his party.

    However, being a Repub (whether or not McCrazy and his Rump Riders Brigade think so) and Vietnam veteran with experience on the senate Armed Forces Committee, he probably has pretty strong ties with the military establishment, speaks the lingo, knows how they think and operate, and understands the issues. The military is in need of some serious scaling back as we wind down these wars and shift from a "hot war" to an intel-based approach to national security and defense, and Obama's going to need someone to implement that who is well-connected to the military establishment.

    Obviously he could have picked someone like Jack Reed or Jim Webb for the job, but he needs Reed in the senate given that he's taking Kerry, and Webb has proven to be a bit of a loose cannon. What other Dems are well-qualified for the job and stand a decent chance of being confirmed? Shinseki?

    We should be glad he didn't pick Colin Powell.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 02:24:44 PM PST

    •  Shinseki? (2+ / 0-)
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      Could he be confirmed?

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 02:47:55 PM PST

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      •  Just throwing out one of the few military Dems (0+ / 0-)

        I could think of. Obviously, there are others, but they're not well known.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 02:54:40 PM PST

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      •  Excellent work as Scty of Veterans' Affairs, (0+ / 0-)

        and as Army Chief of Staff.  Addionally, he was prescient about the Iraq War.

        Eradicate magical thinking

        by Zinman on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 03:14:50 PM PST

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        •  Right. (1+ / 0-)
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          But this

          he was prescient about the Iraq War
          made the Republicans despise him as I recall. He and Rummy bumped heads more than once.

          And if they didn't already dislike him, he was an outspoken supporter of John Kerry when he ran for president.

          Running VA isn't on the level of being SecDef, politically speaking. I admire the heck out of the guy. But I'm not a GOP senator either.

          © grover


          So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

          by grover on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 03:27:23 PM PST

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          •  Screw the Repubs, if Harry Reid does it right .. (0+ / 0-)

            Filibuster reform will make the Repubs impotent on confirmation votes if Harry gets enough support in the Senate.

            So, are you willing to reconsider Shinseki's nomination prospects under a majority rule confirmation process in the Senate?

            Eradicate magical thinking

            by Zinman on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 09:07:51 PM PST

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