Firestorm of Criticism for Cabinet Nominee Front-Runner Chuck Hagel
PBS Newshour report:
A number of news organizations reported today that President Obama will nominate former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense next week. But there was no official confirmation from the White House.
Well okey doke, not sure what the big deal is he—
Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel has not, so far, been nominated for the top Pentagon job, but attacks like this TV ad began shortly after news accounts named Hagel the front-runner. They focus mostly on whether he’s sufficiently pro-Israel.
So, to lay this one out:
- We’re running television ads to influence not an election, but a Cabinet appointment.
- We’re running television ads to influence a Cabinet appointment nominee who hasn’t even been nominated yet.
Here’s a joke snippet from a conversation I had with Colin about that New York Times piece he posted yesterday:
- “They called this phenomenon the ‘end of history illusion,’ in which people tend to ‘underestimate how much they will change in the future.’”
- Good, I was worried I’d hit a plateau of grumpiness.
Little did I know that it would only take a day for me to get even grumpier.