“Defense issues will come into play as the budget talks heat up. Having a Republican who supports defense cuts as your secretary of Defense cannot hurt.”
“Just too much of a loose cannon. He is not the guy I would have picked a fight over.”
“Choosing a Republican, however liberal, sends a message that a Democrat’s not capable of doing the job.”
“President is spending his political capital in the wrong way with this fight.”
“Why pick a fight on Israel?”
Too early to tell
“No natural constituency for him—Republicans don’t like him, some Democrats don’t like that the president picked another Republican for Defense secretary. Still, barring some new info coming out that disqualifies him, he likely will be confirmed.”
“If he is confirmed, it was the right move.”
“It depends on Hagel’s demeanor and answers during the [confirmation] process.”
“I don’t understand why Democratic presidents think there aren’t good Democrats for this job. It makes it look like we only trust Republicans to run the military.”
Politically speaking, was President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel to the post of Defense secretary the right one?
REPUBLICANS (102 VOTES)
Too early to tell: 32%
“Yes, politically, because either the president will get the person he wants; he’ll divide the Republicans; [or] he’ll make the GOP look bad if they defeat one of their own.”
“Obama puts a Republican in charge of gutting the Defense Department.”
“Few of these elected officials have actual combat experience. It is easy to recommend aggressive foreign policy if neither you nor your children have served.”
“He’ll win in the end, and GOP’s knee-jerk reaction will be to oppose and lose.”
“Obama thinks he is confronting Republicans, but Democrats have a problem with Hagel as well.”
“He didn’t need to pick this fight, and if he wins, Hagel will be a regular source of irritation for the White House—just like he was to his Senate colleagues.”
“Hagel is simply not the right person for the job; this is a job that needs competence—not a camera hog.”
“You’ve really got to work hard to antagonize members of both parties with one nomination.”
“Makes sense only as an ‘in your face’ response to GOP bagging of Susan Rice.”
“Ask Chuck Schumer.”
“He is a divider. No one wants him except Obama.”
Too early to tell
“Hagel is the political equivalent of picking Joe Biden as VP. There might be some errands he will be good at, but mostly it will be an exercise in waiting for something to go amiss.”
“Hagel is just a stalking horse for the real nominee.”
“The pious and principled Hagel is moving quickly to reject his previous bigoted and insensitive comments—doubtful too many former colleagues will believe him.”
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This article appears in the Jan. 12, 2013, edition of National Journal as Political Insiders Poll.