Hagel Confirmed – Update – Rand Paul Voted Yes

Hagel

Well, here’s some bad news. Chuck Hagel was confirmed and will now be the next Defense Secretary. What a disaster.

The Senate approved Chuck Hagel’s nomination for Defense secretary Tuesday, ending a contentious battle that exposed deep divisions over the president’s Pentagon pick.

After Republicans blocked the nomination earlier this month, they ultimately allowed for an up-or-down vote on Tuesday. The margin was historically close, with 58 senators supporting him and 41 opposing in the end.

Though Hagel is himself a former Republican senator, the resistance to his nomination showed an unusual level of distrust among many senators toward the man chosen to lead the Defense Department — at a time when the country is trying to wind down the Afghanistan war, while assessing emerging threats from Iran, Syria and elsewhere in the turbulent Middle East and North Africa. (Read More)

The republicans who voted for him are Sens. Thad Cochran, Mike Johanns and Richard Shelby.

Update: When the news first broke it wasn’t reported that Rand Paul also voted for Hagel’s confirmation. Good grief.