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Sources close to the White House are indicating that if former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel does not get confirmed as Secretary of Defense, the Obama administration has another potential nominee up their sleeve.  

Hologram Ronald Reagan.

In the latest attempt of the Obama administration trying to appeal to their Republican counterparts, the Obama administration is taking a bold move here.  

However, this nomination is already generating controversy amongst the Republican ranks.  A notable amount of Senators are already ramping up their efforts to distance themselves from the 40th President.  

Lindsey Graham of South Carolina stated that:

Look, we cannot have a Secretary of Defense that hasn't even visited Israel yet.  We need to keep Israel as an ally, not as someone who we ignore.  I respect the former President's service to his country, but I'm going to have to vote no.
John Cornyn on NBC's Meet The Press questioned Reagan on torture:
I just want to throw a hypothetical out to the former President.  If Mikhail Gorbachev said "the only way I won't attack America is if you torture me", then what would he do?  The answer appears to be obvious.  It seems like a resounding "no" and that terrifies me as an American.
Rand Paul, son of Ron and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, had this to say on Alex Jones's radio show:
If anyone knows me, they know I'm one to slash the military budget.  But Mr. Reagan?  He makes Obama almost not look like a socialist with his dramatic spending increases.  I personally don't feel comfortable with him in charge of the Secretary of Defense job.  I for one, recommend myself for the job.
But it's not just the Republican Senate that's questioning Obama's backup pick.  The blogosphere is weighing in on their thoughts and opinions.

Erick Erickson, of CNN and RedState, wrote this on his blog:

Mark my words here, RedStaters.  If Ronald Reagan gets confirmed as the Secretary of Defense, we will fund a primary challenge to him.  I just love this country too much to put the country in his hands.  America needs a President like we don't anymore actually.
The news is still breaking regarding the former President and current hologram, but his office could not be reached for comment.  An anonymous White House source also indicated that the President would not reveal who his backup plan would be, but is confident Chuck Hagel will be confirmed.
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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)


    by RVKU on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 06:33:34 PM PST

  •  sad because it's true, on both counts! (1+ / 0-)
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    I can picture the President wanting to make that appointment and I have no doubt that the Republicans would try to block it.

  •  I thought he would go with Nixon (2+ / 0-)
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    RVKU, Bob Love
    LOS ANGELES, Jan 6 (Reuters) - At a ceremony commemorating the late U.S. President Richard M. Nixon's 100th birthday, politicians, a military official and Nixon's eldest daughter on Sunday remembered him as an underappreciated president and a foreign policy genius.

    Nixon, the Cold War-era Republican stalwart who opened U.S. relations with communist China, was the only American president to resign from office, leaving the White House in disgrace over the Watergate scandal.

    "He looked at (the world) as a world with 200 countries and 200 leaders, and he studied every one of those leaders, and he knew most of them," said Bruce Herschensohn, a friend and speech writer for Nixon who delivered the keynote address. "It's a talent that I have never seen equaled."

    And this isn't snark. Huffington Post

    It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America. - Molly Ivins

    by se portland on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 06:52:53 PM PST

  •  Hologram Caspar Weinberger. n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 06:55:06 PM PST

  •  Repubs going to go after John Brennan for CIA post (1+ / 0-)
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    Over leaks and, in Graham's case, Benghazi.     Not snark but goes with the flow of this diary.

    "Your diary is a pack of filthy lies." -bronte17

    by Setrak on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 07:04:20 PM PST

  •  Joe Sestak? Wes Clark? Eric Shinseki? (2+ / 0-)
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    Hello? (Tap, tap, tap)

    Is this thing on?

    "Mitt who? That's an odd name. Like an oven mitt, you mean? Oh, yeah, I've got one of those. Used it at the Atlas Society BBQ last summer when I was flipping ribs."

    by Richard Cranium on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 07:10:54 PM PST

  •  Reagan did have being 'holo' down to a science. (0+ / 0-)

    Father Time remains undefeated.

    by jwinIL14 on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 07:31:16 PM PST

  •  Why don't they just try and raise him from the (0+ / 0-)

    dead.   God knows they have worshipped his image  for so long but would throw him under the bus with his tax rates.  Grover woulld be the first.  Rubio maybe the second.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 07:38:26 PM PST

  •  The one from Cafe '80s in Back to the Future 2? (0+ / 0-)

    Just 2 years away!

    In Roviet Union, money spends YOU.

    by Troubadour on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 07:41:09 PM PST

  •  Clint Eastwood. Who Else Could Debate (1+ / 0-)
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    an empty rocking chair with invisible long-collapsed USSR in it?

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 08:54:16 PM PST

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