Hagel officially nominated for SecDef; conservatives want to #BlockHagel

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

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