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  •  "Indication" time: the State of the Union address. (12+ / 0-)

    Remember, the sequester is on the table, both Party's tables. Congress cannot expect to cut just on the domestic side. In fact, the military is due for some cuts and tough management.

    I think Defense is the perfect place for a Republican. And Hagel's a good choice. Let the GOP Long Knives have a go at savaging one of their own. The potenial head of the free world's military might had better be able to take it. And, Hagel can say some things during the confirmation process to his ex-fellow Senators that no Democrat would have credibility saying.

    As for Hagel's "bigotry," converts are the best kind. Working for this Commander in Chief, who himself could be viewed as somewhat of a convert on these important issues, Mr. Secretary would even more credibility explaining the new world to his Joint Chiefs and generals, admirals, etc.

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 02:49:56 PM PST

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    •  +10 great comment n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    •  You make some good points, TRP, you have me (2+ / 0-)
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      thinking it might not be a bad choice afterall, I hope.

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      by wishingwell on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 03:06:49 PM PST

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    •  Agree with TRP's comment (1+ / 0-)
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      (... although more Dem SecDefs better in long term)

      Benefits of Hagel's appointment have always been clear on Iran, AIPAC, spending restraint and restructuring.

      On anti-Gay and gender-related attitudes, the obvious fact that Hagel "gets" these culturally inherited instinctive attitudes, should make the military more receptive to his orders to deepen the repudiation of these attitudes.

      Because of Hagel's Republican profile and the previous praise of him by Republicans, each new criticism by a  Republican does much more to make the critic appear extremist than to damage Hagel or Obama.

      Having hearings on the Hagel appointment during negotiations related to the upcoming military sequestration deadline appears to be a very useful way to demonstrate to many audiences the conflation of such extremism with Republican fear-mongering on military spending cuts.

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