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There’s Only One Way to Find Out

Chuck Hagel’s road to the Pentagon has been “a bit” more bumpy than anyone realized. The reasons for this are many: off-color comments on social issues, domestic politics, and Iran sanctions, to name a few.Whether or not one agrees with the nomination, the choice of a qualified Republican senator getting significantly more flak from his own party than Leon Panetta is pretty remarkable. Regardless, it looks like he’ll go through.

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Be happy, Chuck! Looks like you finally got the job

His opponents were quite riled up after a major electoral setback and so-so debt ceiling performance. After Mitt Romney’s choice not to make foreign policy a major issue during the 2012 campaign, conservatives thought this was an issue where they could deal the administration a major blow. At the moment, this looks like a defeat for Republicans. But given the electorate’s apathy on foreign affairs and short memory, playing hardball with President Obama might strengthen the base without too much downside.

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