:raised eyebrow: Chuck Hagel stepping down as SecDef.

Well, THAT was quick:

…And the Obama administration’s unstated policy of slavishly (albeit incompetently) imitating the Bush administration continues.

Moe Lane

PS: Oh man but that is going to be an epic confirmation hearing next year.

Louis Farrakhan endorses Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense.

:leaning forward:  We win.

After arguing that the media is controlled by Jewish interests, [Louis Farrakhan] applauded Hagel’s nomination. “Senator Hagel is in trouble,” Farrakhan said. “But America needs a man in Congress like that, who’s not a rubber stamp for others. You need a man like Senator Hagel as your secretary of defense because a man with a mind like that will keep you out of fighting somebody else’s wars. You need a man in government that has another opinion that is not controlled, and if the Senate does not confirm him as defense secretary because of his opinion on Israel, that only proves that the Senate in the U.S. Congress is controlled by the Israeli lobby. And it also sentences America to war with Iran for the state of Israel.”

In a very bizarre sort of way, admittedly. Whether or not the nomination goes through tomorrow – unlike Allahpundit*, I am not quite ready to assume that it will – the original purpose of said nomination is now officially dead, dead, dead.  There is now no way that you can say with a straight face that Chuck Hagel is acceptable to the Republican party.  The Republican party does not stand with Louis Farrakhan.  We derive considerable pleasure from not standing with that anti-Semitic nutjob.  If you are liked by Louis Farrakhan, there is something wrong with you. Continue reading Louis Farrakhan endorses Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense.

ABC News politely warns Barack Obama about Chuck Hagel.

This is about as overt a wave-off as ABC News is willing to make, so enjoy.

Also: there seems to be a real lack of Democratic Senators willing to come out and support Hagel for SecDef. Watching the administration attempt to beat some compliance into the Senate should amuse.

Barack Obama wimping out on Chuck Hagel?

Hmm.  Could be:

Besieged by criticism from right and left, and considerable skepticism from his former Senate colleagues, Chuck Hagel appears to be following the path of Susan Rice as a trial-balloon nominee who finds himself quickly losing altitude in Washington. And as happened with Rice, the White House is now signaling that it may soon puncture Hagel’s hopes.

Just as occurred with Rice, the U.N. ambassador whose prospective nomination as secretary of State—leaked to the media—flamed out in the face of widespread criticism of her, President Obama appears to be rethinking his choice for Defense secretary.

If true… then it’s nice to see that the torpedo buttons at least still work on this thing. I was starting to wonder.

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Is Chuck Hagel a stalking horse for Michele Flournoy for Secretary of Defense?

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.

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A handy checklist for the rumored Chuck Hagel appointment.

Just some things to keep in mind:

  • Chuck Hagel has a problem with Israel.  Specifically – and as per the, um, National Jewish Democratic Council – Chuck Hagel has a real problem with supporting Israel over the terrorist groups that have been trying to destroy Israel within my lifetime, and probably yours as well.  It was reported that American Jewish leaders gave administration staffers an earful about this Thursday night; the President should keep that in mind.  And that Hagel’s views on Israel are NOT mainstream.
  • Chuck Hagel tried to stab SENATOR-ELECT Deb Fischer (R) in the back. Via Pejamn Youzehzadeh‘s new site (check it out) comes a reminder that, just before the election, Hagel went to Nebraska to try to torpedo the election of Deb Fischer to the US Senate by flashily endorsing Bob Kerrey.  This was, of course, unsuccessful (as National Review noted, Hagel isn’t exactly a native Nebraskan anymore; as I’ll note, neither is Kerrey); but the fact that it happened should serve as an indication that there is no need to give Chuck Hagel any more of a pass on issues than you would any other creature of the Obama administration.
  • Chuck Hagel wants to drastically change policy on our national defense. As in, he wants to drastically cut our nuclear arsenal.  How this stance will jibe with the Obama administration’s stubborn resistance to missile defense (the reduction of nukes assumes a vigorous missile defense system) is theoretically still up in the air, but presumably Chuck Hagel really, really wants to be Secretary of Defense.
  • Chuck Hagel tried to stab Senator Pat Toomey (R) in the back, tooHagel endorsed Joe Sestak for that Pennsylvania Senate race – allegedly largely over Israel policy, as well.
  • Chuck Hagel advises a bank allegedly under investigation for violating sanctions against Iran.  The Washington Free Beacon broke this one yesterday: to be fair, Deustche Bank is currently denying everything about said investigation, including the fact that it exists.  It did not, however, deny that it had bought itself a former US Senator for its executive board.  It’s what’s legal that’s the crime, huh?
  • There are whispers of election fraud in Chuck Hagel’s past. Keywords: “Hagel, American Information Systems.”  I mention this not because I believe those rumors; but because I want to see the conspiracy theorists on the Left squirm a little when they contemplate that if Hagel gets nominated they’re going to have to fall in line and support him anyway.  Which the Left will still do, of course – but at least this way they can do it with gritted teeth.

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