GOP: Hagel an 'In-Your-Face Pick'
GOP is not thrilled with Obama's reported pick for Defense secretary
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2013 11:27 AM CST
In this Nov. 29, 2011, file photo Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is less than thrilled with the prospect of Chuck Hagel as Defense secretary.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

(Newser) – No sooner had rumors of Chuck Hagel's pending nomination to head up the Pentagon leaked than lips were flapping about what a bad idea it was. Hagel "is an in-your-face nomination by the president," charged Lindsey Graham, who "would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of Israel in our nation’s history." Texas Sen. Ted Cruz blasted President Obama as "a president who has drunk the tea. He's high on re-election right now." Mitch McConnell, in an interview taped yesterday, was slightly warmer, saying, "he ought to be given a fair hearing, like any other nominee, and he will be. I’m going to wait and see how the hearings go and whether Chuck’s views square with the job he would be nominated to do.” Elsewhere on your Sunday dial, as per Politico:

  • Dick Durbin on Hagel: “Chuck Hagel was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam war, a person that includes service on the Foreign Relations Committee as well as the Intelligence Committee. Yes, he is a serious candidate if the president chooses to name him.”
  • Freshman Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., on Hagel: "I would vote against him. Mr. Hagel came out against the surge the week that I returned from Iraq in 2006, said the war couldn't be won. No one had told us that when we were fighting it in 2006."
  • McConnell on a potential challenge from Ashley Judd: "Look, the election is going to occur in 2014. In the meantime, I'm going to focus on the issues we have going on here."

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Jan 8, 2013 6:09 PM CST
I just bet'cha that if Senator Hagel had traveled with Senators Graham,McCain and Liberman,,,,if they had all 4 traveled anywhere even to a Malt Shop ...Lindsey Graham would be for the way Senator Graham ,this man was a Viet-nam vetran a Republican..... and just maybe you do not like him,,,,As Senator McCain did not like the Ms.Rice who bagered him a bit when he was running for President... Yes Senator does hold a gruge,,,, maybe something on the order that Senator McCain talking about how safe the streets of Iraq were,,,while at the same time HE WAS SURROUNDED BY TROOPS (FOR PROTECTION) WHILE WEARING A fLAK JACKET...
Jan 7, 2013 11:28 AM CST
Maybe Graham hasnt noticed that Hagel is a fellow Republican. He also may not have noticed that the Boehner plan to "make Obama a one term president" hasn't worked either. He probably thinks it's still the de rigeur plan of the GOP to knee-jerk oppose everything that comes out of the White House. Oh I forgot, they still havent abandoned that scheme, even though it didn't work in the first term....
Jan 7, 2013 8:53 AM CST
If Hagel will resist the 50 year ass-kissing we provide Israel, I am ALL for him. We are well past the point of pretending Israel is the victim in the MidEast. They are aggressive assholes who destroy whole blocks of housing or buildings and assassinate anyone they want. They are not that important in the big scheme of things. Their rich American and European cousins buy their influence thru bribing Congressmen and sucking the cocks of our Pentagon Generals and CIA Directors. The MOSSAD is a criminal threat. Their nuclear weapons are a major threat to millions.