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

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:

And Hagel is just tickled!

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/stephenlargen/status/288366651844472833

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

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:

As does Hagel himself:

The facts would beg to differ:

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/davidamilstein/status/288361027056316416

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

They certainly do not.

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