Hagel officially nominated for SecDef; conservatives want to #BlockHagel

https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/288349198678622208

Well, it’s official: President Obama has nominated Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary.

https://twitter.com/DavidMDrucker/status/288349367763615744

https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/288349816944222208

Consider that part of Barack Obama’s “bipartisan spirit.” Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and former Secretary of State Colin Powell are certainly feeling the spirit:

https://twitter.com/jearnest44/status/288361288894124032

https://twitter.com/DomenicoNBC/status/288354463700361216

https://twitter.com/mitchellreports/status/288351808961773568

https://twitter.com/jmartpolitico/status/288352212529336320

And Hagel is just tickled!

https://twitter.com/mitchellreports/status/288353403233521664

https://twitter.com/ZekeJMiller/status/288360950984224768

Open? Transparent? He does know this the Obama Administration, doesn’t he?

What’s already transparent is many Congressional Republicans’ leeriness when it comes to Hagel:

https://twitter.com/GrahamBlog/status/288354906593718273

https://twitter.com/GOPLeader/status/288355967014412289

https://twitter.com/GOPLeader/status/288363457168936961

https://twitter.com/ZekeJMiller/status/288368486386921473

https://twitter.com/markknoller/status/288357311280467969

https://twitter.com/SenJohnMcCain/status/288358854843056128

https://twitter.com/mitchellreports/status/288356663856095232

https://twitter.com/mitchellreports/status/288357428712591360

https://twitter.com/stephenlargen/status/288366651844472833

https://twitter.com/daveweigel/status/288356940038418432

https://twitter.com/RalstonReports/status/288366174629146624

https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/288349318652497920

Media lapdogs, for their part, are totally fine with the nomination:

https://twitter.com/DavidCornDC/status/288349441977626625

https://twitter.com/owillis/status/288367817621921794

https://twitter.com/grossdm/status/288368359525986304

https://twitter.com/ExJon/status/288357035282677760

https://twitter.com/ExJon/status/288357820288618496

Hmmm … good question.

Meanwhile, Hagel continues to face sharp criticism for his antagonistic attitude toward Israel. Press Secretary Jay Carney thinks that’s just hogwash:

https://twitter.com/BrianHughesDC/status/288364391970242562

As does Hagel himself:

https://twitter.com/ZekeJMiller/status/288360597391802369

The facts would beg to differ:

https://twitter.com/Gabby_Hoffman/status/288352899203997697

https://twitter.com/bethanyshondark/status/288356078905851904

https://twitter.com/Heminator/status/288350420647157760

Indeed. Seems those who doubt his commitment to a firm U.S.-Israel relationship have reason to be skeptical. Conservatives and pro-Israel advocates are taking to Twitter to voice their disgust with Obama’s choice:

https://twitter.com/Gabby_Hoffman/status/288349957566631936

https://twitter.com/davidamilstein/status/288361027056316416

https://twitter.com/EthanCrisp/status/288350272470798336

https://twitter.com/BrenOlver/status/288351817228750848

https://twitter.com/JustenCharters/status/288351885633671168

https://twitter.com/jrsalzman/status/288354676527738880

https://twitter.com/Conservatana/status/288368775093428225

https://twitter.com/Gabby_Hoffman/status/288375657849819136

https://twitter.com/candicanelane/status/288353387588747266

They certainly do not.

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Ari Fleischer unloads on Chuck Hagel

  • TJ

    Yes he does not like Israel but the real reason why people should oppose is his opposition to gays in the military. Even if weak the low information voters will believe that all republicans even RINO Hagel will bring back DADT as SecDef against the wishes of O. This will get a whole lot more on the left then the Israel statements, his gay statements.

  • http://twitter.com/TeachESL TeachESL

    We are Tweeting like mad! #blockhagel

  • $24698634

    Oh, so now you all LOVE gays in the military. Don’t some of you get whiplash changing your positions with the wind?

    • beebop1952

      Sweetie: It ain’t about OUR hypocrisy, its about HIS. How are his minions going to feel that he wouldn’t go to the wall to defend the pick of a BLACK WOMAN but he is telling both sides to BRING it and will defend a WHITE MALE REPUBLICAN? Can’t wait to hear that spin ….

  • Kate

    Everything this President says and does is controversial. There’s more drama in DC right now than there was in my college sorority house.

  • BorderLine Guy

    If is there are GOP Senators voting against Hagel, they ALL must be voting against Kerry. Right?

  • nc

    BHO slays me. Transparency? Like with Benghazi? Or making a big deal that Hagel would be the “first Vietnam Vet” in this post, like it’s some glass ceiling shattering event. Come on, it’s a generational thing. But the best is the “bipartisan” claim. Sure, we all get that.

  • Tracy Hubbell-Linden

    “”Chuck Hagel is the leader our troops deserve.” —President Obama” Apparently, he doesn’t believe they’re deserving of very much. Acehole.