Former Senator Chuck Hagel had a very bad day today during his defense secretary confirmation hearing. It started out bad when he couldn’t get his home state Senators to introduce him, and went downhill from there. It was so bad some liberals took to twitter to declare the hearing a disaster. Here are a couple of highlights. The first video is Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) asking why Hagel was endorsed by Iran. In the second video, Hagel explained that he voted against designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization because Iran has a legitimate and democratically elected government.
Fox News and PowerLine have more on the hearing. It’s a shame the Republican Senators weren’t even half as tough when Hillary Clinton testified on Benghazi last week as they were on Hagel. (Not that Hagel shouldn’t have been asked tough questions.)
Update: Good grief, it got even worse. Here’s Hagel explaining how he doesn’t really know much about the Defense Department.
“A number of questions were asked of me today about specific programs, submarine programs, different areas of technology and acquisitions, and our superior technology. I’ve said I do not know enough about it. I don’t. There are a lot of things I don’t know about. If confirmed, I intend to know a lot more than I do. I will have to. But at the same time, I would never think that this, as I said earlier, is about me or I will be running anything. I will be the leader. I’ll be responsible. I will be accountable, but I’ve got to rely on the right teams, the right people to bring those people together. And again, it’s accountability and responsibility. I would stop there, if that gives you some sense of how I would intend to do this business.”
Update: Linked by The First Street Journal – thanks!
Update: Linked by American Power where you can watch Hagel crumble under questioning from Senator Ted Cruz, who is worth his weight in gold.