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  •  The President doesn't need a buddy at (3+ / 0-)
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    SecDef.

    He doesn't need to pass it out as a plum to a loyal follower, either.

    "Really Really Really gets along with President Obama personally" isn't a job qualification.

    This place needs a PVP server.

    by JesseCW on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 08:00:04 AM PST

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    •  No, it isn't (0+ / 0-)

      The fact that he is very smart and very knowledgeable in FP and nationall security issues, is known to be both thoughtful and able to think outside the box, on the other hand, is.

      I will probably be attacked for defending hagel (not that he needs my "defense" :-). The thing is that these automatic reactions against somebody because they have an R after their name make me feel very uncomfortable. Aren't we supposed to be more open minded and inclusive and not label and pigeonhole people?

      Yes, hagel's voting record in the Senate was mostly conservative. OTOH he was and is resepcted by most senators with a brain, on both sides of the isle. Spend a bit of time on Google and you will see what I mean.

    •  It's not about needing "a buddy" (1+ / 0-)
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      at Defense.  It's about Obama picking a person who he believes to have the right skill set who he can work with.

      While I know I hold a minority view here, I don't understand the belief that we get to pick the President's cabinet or veto who he wants.  We progressives are part of a coalition not its entirety.

      I think we need to be focused on how we best lobby/support/oppose the fiscal curb, the debt ceiling, immigration reform, getting out of Afghanistan earlier, finding new candidates to take back the crazy repub. state houses that are wreaking so much havoc and destruction, etc.

      •  I don't oppose Obama apointing Republicans (3+ / 0-)
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        If he feels they are the best person for the job. I do oppose Obama appointing Republicans if he feels that appointing a Republicans somehow makes him a more virtuous politician. I wonder if the people here opposing Hagel based on his conservative record have been equally opposed to Hillary Clinton's service as Secretary of State since she shared a number of those positions as Hagel. John Kerry too.

        "Today is who you are" - my wife

        by I Lurked For Years on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 08:14:57 AM PST

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      •  Since we don't get to pick, (0+ / 0-)

        I think we should just trust our president in every decision that he makes and we should just support that.

        This place needs a PVP server.

        by JesseCW on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 08:30:25 AM PST

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    •  Yes, because that's what I said...oh wait (0+ / 0-)

      no it's not.  But I can see you're just being ridiculous because you don't know a damn think about Chuck Hagel other than he's a Republican.  

      They have the billionaires, We have the Big Dog!

      by Jacoby Jonze on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 08:18:42 AM PST

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