A community organizer who hates the military finds the perfect foil to run it

Soon-to-be-anoited Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel made quite of spectacle of himself yesterday (one Democrat  said, “it’s clear that Hagel won’t be bringing the potato salad to the next Mensa meeting”) but this part of his stumbling performance should reassure all who hold soldiers in contempt that their president has their back: “If confirmed, I intend to learn about the Defense Department”.

Hagel is expected to easily win confirmation on a party line vote. Let’s hope that, despite all evidence exhibited so far in his long public life, he proves a quick learner.

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  1. Anonymous

    It’s hard to undetstand how he could be confirmed. I felt like I was watching an episode of Punk’d or a Looney Tunes cartoon.

    The republicans gave him a hard time which, considering the man is a republican, is odd, except that alot of Rs never liked him in the senate.

    Sad news about death of Ed Koch.

    • Aw, I hadn’t heard that Koch died. He saved the City and always told it as he saw it. Good life, though.

      • Inagua

        Koch did not save NYC; Giuliani did. Koch was the mayor of the Squeegee Men and boarded up windows painted to look like occupied buildings. Like Moynihan, he frequently talked a good game, but he was almost always a down-the-line big government liberal.

  2. Anon

    Hagel is lucky to choose this week for his confirmation hearing. If you turn on any TV channel this morning, it’s all Super Bowl and Beyonce.
    Hardly a mention of actual news: bombing in US Embassy in Ankara; Obama quietly disbands the Jobs Council (talk about a joke) and you can bet your bottom dollar that no MSM channel will report that the Onama’s spent yesterday posing and styling for a Vogue Magazine Cover shoot. Ooh, am I allowed to say shoot??

  3. FlyAngler

    Driving my son to school this morning, I tried to explain to him why I was saddened by Koch’s passing. It was quite the tribute I laid out only to learn sonny was snoring. Anyway, it is amazing when you consider how bad things were in NYC in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Koch will be missed for his brash nature, quick ascetic wit, ability to overcome rigid ideology and his role as an elder statesman in his “retirement”. Given I was born in 1960, my memory of him may not be as clear as those who were adults during his mayoralty but that is the image he left with me.

    I wonder what the conversation between Hizhonor and St Peter might be like?

    As for Hagel, Obama is looking for someone compliant enough to ask “How high?” when told to jump but neither ambitious nor smart enough to then ask “Which direction?” and God forbid someone who might have the temerity to wonder “Why?”

    Obama seeks to dumb down, downsize and further deplete our military – what better way to do that than by nominating this 25 watt bulb of a man? Sadly, I think the Seante will disappoint us and bow to the President’s desire “to have his own man”. Ten again, McCain seemed awfully feisty yesterday.

    • sunbeam43

      Great comments on both! However, sorry Koch had to be mingled with the half-wit,

      • FlyAngler

        sb43 – I was on the train and headed into the Park Ave tunnel and did not have time to do two separate comments (3G sucks down there).

        Apparently I did not have the time to proof-read either.

  4. sunbeam43

    There are only two words…….he sucks!

  5. Anonymous

    Actually, David Dinkins was the Mayor of Squeegee. Dinkins took NYC into the esser after Koch and Guilanni cleaned up Dinkins mess.

  6. No Name

    Had some minor dealings with Koch in one of his media roles and while I often disagreed with him he earned my deep respect. He was tough but decent and will be missed.

    • Koch, like Moynahan, was a Democrat who was also what I would call a muscular thinker – someone who could espouse the Democrat Party line but was always ready to point out failures of policy and suggest hard ways to correct them. I could and disagree with him but his was a working mind and he was a courageous soul.
      Modern day Democrats are typified by FWIW’s own contributor Dollar Bill: a shallow, bumper sticker Democrat, unable to think past slogans and stereotypes and afraid to admit, let alone address, failures in the Democrat program. Unfortunately, his type are just easy prey for some very bad people, useful for manipulation and gaining power, easily dismissed afterward. DB’s sort were the first to decry Koch as a racist, for instance, because they’ve been taught since birth that there can be no nuance, no questioning of party authority. I’ll miss Koch, and if there are any thinkers left in the Democrat party they probably will too.

      • Anon

        Sadly republicans don’t think beyond a bumper sticker either. Witness the brilliant Ted Cruz. He was hung out to dry by the “establishment” republicans and it wasn’t until Palin (who I find intolerable) came in that he got elected. The R hypocrites yesterday were falling all over his great questioning. Long story short, I think we need a valid third party.
        Sane, honest, bipartisan….like Koch

        • I’m with you.
          As an aside, I love this from the NY Post – it sums up the man I watched, and admired:

          The larger-than-life Koch, who breezed through the streets of New York flashing his signature thumbs-up sign, won a national reputation with his feisty style. “How’m I doing?” was his trademark question to constituents, although the answer mattered little to Koch. The mayor always thought he was doing wonderfully.