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  •  Obama Republicans = A Good Thing (8+ / 0-)

    That should have been the case with Susan Rice and

    Democrats now have the upper hand on national security issues. For an obvious list of reasons.

    So relax all...we're the adults now and adults don't have to pretend about how things look.  Yes, LBJ stuck with McNamara out of perceived weakness.  But that is not the proper parallel here:

    Reagan made Jim Webb Secretary of the Navy and Jeanne Kirkpatrick Ambassador to the UN.  By those simple acts the idea of 'Reagan Democrats' was institutionalized.

    Chuck Hagel, Colin Powell, Charlie Crist...these and others are the Obama Republicans. Who feel more comfortable with our President than they do with the crazies who have hijacked the Republican party.

    If Obama picks Hagel, it'll be because he's the guy he wants at SecDef, and there's a trust there between him, Biden, and potentially Kerry at State.

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    by TarantinoDork on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 07:37:38 AM PST

    •  Well maybe not Crist (2+ / 0-)
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      He's officially a Democrat now.

      And yeah, it's hard to get worked up over this because Hagel has been a surprisingly strong supporter of Obama's and Obama personally likes him.

    •  Meant to write: (0+ / 0-)

      That in his first term, Obama more than earned the right to pick his national security team.  Thats how it should have been with Susan Rice (but there's only so much rotten tomato throwing a person can tolerate.)

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      by TarantinoDork on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 07:51:19 AM PST

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    •  When Webb was SecNav (5+ / 0-)

      He was a Republican.

      Sarahpalindrome (n.): A sentence that makes as much sense backwards as forwards.

      by Hannibal on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 08:02:29 AM PST

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      •  Webb described himself as a Reagan Democrat (2+ / 0-)
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        One of the many who echoed the refrain 'my party left me.'   He came back as he saw the Republican party embrace a decade of war, economic inequality, and squandered global leadership.

        Chuck Hagel is precisely the sort that if he were starting out today in politics, in the Obama era, he'd absolutely be a Democrat.

        Indeed, my only real reservations about Chuck Hagel at SecDef is that he might stray from script too often to bash GOP extremism.

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        by TarantinoDork on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 08:12:34 AM PST

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