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I've had all the fun I can stand with this hearing for now. Perhaps I'll resume my coverage at some point in the second round of questioning.
From what I've seen so far today, it looks like Hagel will win more than 50 votes from the Democrats, and quite possibly all 55 Democratic votes. As for Republicans, I don't believe he's done well enough today to win many over. He succeeded in enraging John McCain (not the most difficult thing to do) and Lindsey Graham was upset with Hagel from the get-go. Of those Republicans who have questioned Hagel so far, it seems to me that he has "charmed" nary a one.
Posted by trailing wife 2013-01-31 16:09||
#2 a lot of donks are wondering whether Hagel can possibly be as dumb as he seemed or whether he was simply so high on self esteem that he didn't think he would get any tough questions and refused assistance
Posted by lord garth 2013-01-31 18:44||
#3 In a later interview Hagel said he "would learn a lot about the DoD if he is confirmed."
Posted by Deacon Blues 2013-01-31 19:49||
#4 "whether Hagel can possibly be as dumb as he seemed or whether he was simply so high on self esteem that he didn't think he would get any tough questions and refused assistance"
No reason it can't be both, lg.
Posted by Barbara 2013-01-31 20:09||
#5 "Would learn a lot...if confirmed.." Sounds like a rehash of "..pass it to find out what's in it..." to me.
Are we really that stupid THREE times???
Posted by USN,Ret. 2013-01-31 20:59||
#6 Hagel has been a professor at Georgetown for three years. He probably thinks he got the job for his smarts.
Posted by lord garth 2013-01-31 23:38||