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  •  Why shouldn't we second-guess his pick? (1+ / 0-)

    The very fact that such picks have to go through confirmation hearings implies that it is not just his choice alone to make. The President enjoys wide latitude there, and ultimately, with most Cabinet post nominees, the Senate defers to that choice. But it does at least have to go before the Senate, and it's appropriate in that context to address our issues with the nominee -- in other words, to second-guess the President's pick.

    So if we're going to defend the Hagel pick on its merits, that's one thing. But if we're simply asserting that President Obama knows best on this issue... then precisely what are the confirmation hearings for, anyway?

    Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

    by Dale on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 06:41:17 PM PST

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