And does he know it?
The Washington Post‘s editorial board is the latest group to jump on the God, please, not Chuck Hagel bandwagon:
FORMER SENATOR Chuck Hagel, whom President Obama is reportedly considering for defense secretary, is a Republican who would offer a veneer of bipartisanship to the national security team. He would not, however, move it toward the center, which is the usual role of such opposite-party nominees. On the contrary: Mr. Hagel’s stated positions on critical issues, ranging from defense spending to Iran, fall well to the left of those pursued by Mr. Obama during his first term — and place him near the fringe of the Senate that would be asked to confirm him.
Continue reading Is Chuck Hagel a stalking horse for Michele Flournoy for Secretary of Defense?
As in, he’s suddenly discovering that believing in shadowy Jewish conspiracies – pardon me: the ‘Jewish lobby’… wait, no, that’s not really better – anyway, Chuck Hagel is right now getting a spotlight put upon him in response to the rumor that he’s being considered for Secretary of Defense. A spotlight, in fact, that perhaps Chuck Hagel has not had to date. Along those lines, Wall Street Journal op-ed writer Bret Stephens notes:
…[W]hatever other political pressures Mr. Hagel might have had to endure during his years representing the Cornhusker state, winning over the state’s Jewish voters—there are an estimated 6,100 Jewish Nebraskans in a state of 1.8 million people—was probably not a major political concern for Mr. Hagel compared to, say, the ethanol lobby.
Continue reading QotD, Chuck Hagel’s REAL Jewish Problem edition.