John McCain: Just Confirm 'Unimpressive' Hagel Already
Lindsey Graham, John Barrasso similarly unimpressed
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2013 12:03 PM CST
Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. John McCain questions Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – John McCain thinks Chuck Hagel is "the most unimpressive" Defense secretary nominee he's "ever seen," reports Politico, but that little detail shouldn't stop him from getting confirmed to lead the Pentagon. "No, I don't believe he's qualified, but I don't believe we should hold up his confirmation any further," he said today. Lindsey Graham chimed in, indicating that Hagel had assuaged concern over remarks on Israel, saying, "I will take him at his word until something else comes along"—though he did call him "one of the most unqualified, radical choices" for the job in a long time. Fellow Republican John Barrasso begged to differ with McCain, claiming Hagel's nomination is "being rushed through," and saying he would "be less effective" for it. "I think it is going to impact him as he tries to limp across the finish line to get confirmed." Elsewhere on the Sunday dial, as per Politico:

  • White House chief of staff Denis McDonough on Obama's leaked immigration plan: "We've not proposed anything to Capitol Hill yet . We've got a bill ... we're preparing. We have developed each of these proposals so we have them in a position so that we can succeed."
  • Chuck Schumer on the leaked bill: "I don't know what bill the president has out there. I haven't seen it. But they did say last night—I don't know how it occurred—that it wasn't their final or complete bill."
  • Paul Ryan on 2016 in 2013: " The point is I don't know the answer because I'm just not putting a great deal of thought into it. I'm not foreclosing any opportunity. I may, or I may not. We just had an election. We've got jobs to do."
  • Rand Paul on 2016 in 2013: "I would absolutely not run unless it were to win. Points have been made, and we we will continue to make points. But I think the country is really ready for the narrative coming—the Libertarian Republican narrative."

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Feb 19, 2013 2:21 PM CST
Who's impressed with John McCain? Hagel is an American hero, where as McCain's military career has become quite controversial and questionable by conflicting eyewitness accounts . Nagel too is a real Military and foreign affairs expert, where McCain might be a hatemonger and warmonger but he's certainly no expert. John McCain can not get over that fact that the American people soundly rejected him as president in 2008. Thinking that McCain was too old, unqualified, lacking the judgement, character, credibility and integrity to be president. Since his humiliating defeat by President Obama, turned McCain into a revengeful, hateful, vindictive man. Nagel and Gen Powell had the god sense and refused to endorse McCain in 2008. Now McCain is simply after revenge on Nagel, Powell, Obama and the millions of people that refused to voted for him . Truthfully since McCain's stunning defeat McCain became mentally incompetent to even be elected as an in an elective office. McCain gave us Palin and he's still talking about the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. At McCain's advance age he lacks the basic skills, knowledge, proficiency and temperament to understand today's modern problems.
Feb 19, 2013 11:32 AM CST
John McCain has failed to realize that a Senator from dysfunctional AZ is all he will ever be. Sure he was a prisoner of war, and for that he has my sympathy. But, he was no hero, heroes don't lose the plane and get captured. No one has ever chosen him for their cabinet positions and the people have refused him more than once of the office of the Presidency. For McCain, it’s not a glass ceiling; it’s the end of the road and he has become very bitter over the fact that no one wants him. That Hagel’s was selected for a more prominent position was the last straw and McCain is so green with envy he can't control himself.
Feb 19, 2013 10:33 AM CST