The Value of Fighting Hagel
Presidents are rarely thwarted in their nominations for major cabinet posts. Thus, the 58–41 vote that confirmed Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense on February 26 was to be expected. A clear majority of the Senate (and all 53 members of its Democratic caucus) consented to President Obama’s choice. But what occurred in the 51 days between Obama’s nomination of Hagel and his confirmation was unusual—and revelatory.
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Jonathan S. Tobin is senior online editor of Commentary.