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Topsy-turvy Hagel politics
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin

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Posted By:Drive, 1/7/2013 9:45:50 AM

President Obama wants to get credit for bipartisanship, so he picks a Republican defense secretary who will garner few if any Republican votes. He walks away from a politically loyal African American woman for secretary of state (whose nomination would open up his political liabilities) but goes forward with a white, Republican man (whose nomination puts gobs of Senate Republicans in an untenable spot). The two groups of Democrats (gays and Jews) who turned out in droves for him watch a nomination proceed with someone who had tried to exclude gays from government and accused Jews of dual loyalty.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: wilko, 1/7/2013 10:06:08 AM     (No. 9102984)

We´ll probably end up with Wesley Clark. I´m sure he´s polishing up his resume as we speak.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jrmax13, 1/7/2013 10:19:03 AM     (No. 9103018)

Ms. Rubin opens the article with an incorrect premise: i.e., POTUS is choosing Hagel to look more bi-partisan.
POTUS does not care one whit about looking bi-partisan. Dig deeper. The answer is there.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 1/7/2013 10:23:52 AM     (No. 9103027)

Hagel being described as "a personal friend of Obama"

That figures...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: John21, 1/7/2013 10:31:38 AM     (No. 9103036)

Mr. Obama will need all his croney partners to get Hagel choosen.
Mr. Hagel is at best a scape goat for all of the Obama policies to eliminate the defense of this country. What few allies we still have will run with such a limited intelligence in charge of the US military.

It is all part of the Obama plan to create a new third world dictatorship in the US.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/7/2013 12:40:27 PM     (No. 9103297)

Obama knows, if Hagel can get past the US Senate, that Hagel is a pretend Republican who would give him some of the political cover that he needs to continue to emasculate the DOD. If Hagel does not make it, you can be sure that Obama has another such political animal waiting in the wings.



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Reply 6 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 1/7/2013 1:58:17 PM     (No. 9103430)

How is anyone older than a 5th grader surprised at something this underhanded by Obama? He chose Hagel for the PURPOSE of having him tossed aside, thereby making it easier for him to pick someone his side would rather confirm. Can´t help but think this is all for show or for a distraction for the Low Information Voters.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: DanvilleBill, 1/7/2013 3:25:42 PM     (No. 9103574)

And I thought Gates was bad.

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