HAGEL NOMINATION ADVANCES

Passed along party lines by 14-11 in committee


Across nine issues, Americans give Obama his highest approval ratings for handling national defense (53%), followed by foreign affairs and immigration, each at 46%. [Gallup]

President Barack Obama applauds as Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha looks over at his wife and children after receiving the Medal of Honor during the award ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 11, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama applauds as Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha looks over at his wife and children after receiving the Medal of Honor during the award ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 11, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

SENATORS McCAIN, Lindsey Graham, Kelly Ayotte, James Inhofe and others have done their best to ruin the reputation of decorated veteran Chuck Hagel. But Americans trust President Obama, so it’s unlikely that Republicans will win in the end, even if they do their worst, as has been threatened.

Senator Inhofe still vows to place a hold on Hagel, while the vote today awaits, as we see if Chuck Hagel can get out of committee and in front of the Senate.

But Republicans have already lost the argument on foreign affairs and national security. All they can do now is further solidify the unserious nature of today’s GOP.