Someone, somewhere still thinks that former Senator Chuck Hagel would make a fine Secretary of Defense. Sure, some had their reservations about Hagel and his disdain for the “Jewish lobby,” but Sen. Chuck Schumer ran interference this morning, saying that after a 90-minute meeting, Hagel “almost had tears in his eyes when he understood” how hurtful his words could be.

“I said when everyone else can lobby but all of a sudden when those of us who are pro-Israel lobby, it’s a negative, that’s a double standard,” Schumer recalls. “And I’m sure you didn’t mean it, but it harkens to the old days.” The irrepressible Ace of Spaces wonders: if that’s enough to bring Hagel near tears, what else is in store? Let #theeducationofchuckhagel begin.

Let’s not tell him. What difference, at this point, does it make?