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  •  A hard-Right Republican would not (0+ / 0-)

    have said, on television, that he and his wife have no problem with same-sex marriage.  

    I can't think of one hard-Right Republican who would make a statement like that while in office.  Barry Goldwater came around in his twilight season, but most certainly did not mention it out on the campaign trail in the 60s.  

    Hagel has never said it.  His apology of recent days is correspondent to his wanting the DOD appointment and IMO does not represent a sea-change in his attitude toward social equality.  

    Hagel is more than a bit of an ideological throwback, IMO.  He also appears generally unwelcome in many political circles.  The hard-Right distrusts him.  Progressives distrust him even more.  

    I hope the President will choose someone else, most preferably a Democrat.  

    •  AuH2O (0+ / 0-)

      Good job to mention Goldwater in your comment.

      I'd gone to grab the Goldwater quotes to reply after reading the first two sentences of your comment. If I had read one more sentence, I'd have saved myself a search.

      Well, since I've done the search, I may as well give the link anyway...
      http://www.cs.cmu.edu/...

      I agree with your sentiment regarding the Hagel apology. Hormel initially didn't think too much of it either. Whether or not he came to change his mind based on his own counsel or based on outside persuasion, I don't know. It is up to him whether or not he personally forgives Hagel. I'm not ready to do so until he accompanies it with actions rather than words. I don't think the test of this should come as Secretary of Defense.

      The plural of anecdote is not data.

      by Skipbidder on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 12:37:40 PM PST

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