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  •  This Dem president picking a Republican (12+ / 0-)

    for Defense Secretary is a little different though.

    I think Obama has earned a trust from the American people on foreign policy and defense/national security issues. A lot of that is the Bin laden raid, but it's also has to do with the fact that Americans generally approve of his approach to foreign policy, particularly with it comes to the withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan. Troop withdrawals arent really seen as weakness as they might have been previously.

    Similarly, Hagel isnt a typical Republican. His views at least now are a lot more liberals than those of his former Senate colleagues. McCain doesnt like Hagel's criticism of the Iraq surge, others dont like his "dovish" views on Iran, and others might not agree with his views that the Pentagon budget needs to be cut.  

    In other words, it's not a defensive move by a Dem president, like it might have been in the past. None of this is to say that there arent valid reasons to oppose Hagel. But I think the dynamic is different than the one liberals typically describe.

    •  He's more liberal on many issues but his (2+ / 0-)
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      anti-gay stances and his issues with women in combat are very, very worrisome.

      President Obama at Madison Rally 9/28/2010 - "Change is not a spectator sport."

      by askew on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 03:26:09 PM PST

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      •  Yeah, I have a concern about that (1+ / 0-)
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        I dont think DADT repeal is really going anywhere, and personally, I do think people can evolve not just on marriage equality, but their views on gay people in general.  

        But it will be important to hear his views on that and women in combat.  

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