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View Diary: Previous rumors about Chuck Hagel being nominated for Secretary of Defense heat up (215 comments)

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  •  I thoroughly disagree (0+ / 0-)

    Speaking for my liberal self, I don't perceive Obama picking a GOPer for any cabinet position as a sign of weakness at all.

    My fundamental problem with him choosing any Republican for SecDef is how it plays into the public perception. The conventional wisdom is that the GOP is more trustworthy in military affairs, which is nonsense. The president shouldn't do anything to bolster it. He needs to hire a Democrat.

    •  That's my point though (0+ / 0-)

      I dont know if that convention wisdom or public perception really exists anymore. Nor do I think Obama having a GOP defense secretary really perpetuates it. Maybe I'm wrong, but I dont know that the R next to his name should be a reason to reject Hagel.

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