The roughly 8 hour hearing seemed to be more about petty politics from certain Republicans, rather than an actual job interview, which it's supposed to be like. To me, at least, it seems like it's motivated from the fact that he was picked by Obama. It doesn't matter if he's a Republican and agrees on 90% of issues. They almost act like he's not even in their party. Just seems like a bad sign when partisan politics gets to this level. What are your thoughts?
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Exactly! If they were really serious about giving him a fair hearing they wouldn't have focused on the moronic statements of the past (or at least not made such a big deal of), but rather gauge his response to tough questions about the future.
Hagel seemed as bewildered as President Obama in the first debate with Romney, when Romney surprize him with negative aggressive rudeness. He as Obama should have expected a floor show from the right.
Yeah, it seemed like he was being restrained by something. The real Chuck Hagel wouldn't have put up with any of that malarkey.
Okay, that's fine. They should have focused on what he'd do in the future! Asking about his policy positions is fine, but harping on comments about the surge and the "Jewish" lobby just wastes time. It's political gamesmanship.
Congressional confirmation hearings are NOT a job interview. They are pure political theater. It doesn't matter whether the nominee is Republican or Democrat...whether we like it or not...this is the true vetting process.
Well, if I recall correctly, the John Kerry hearings weren't like that. Though, there's a good reason for that. With John Kerry being picked, the Republicans have a good chance at adding a Senate seat, even with Scott Brown deciding not to run.