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The Nick Saban Approach to the Problem of Chuck Hagel: ‘Make His Ass Quit’

Posted on | January 7, 2013 | 24 Comments

Superficial sarcasm is arguably unfair: Accusing Chuck Hagel of “hating” homosexuals or Jews because of policy disagreements? However . . .

Since when did the Left give a damn about fairness in politics?

“By Any Means Necessary” has long been the amoral nihilistic slogan of the radical Left, just like “they bring a knife, you bring a gun” has always been the ruthless ethos of The Chicago Way.

Democrats are willing to accept Hagel’s alleged homophobia in order to gain a weapon with which to clobber the hated “neoconservatives,” by which they really mean, the Israel Lobby.

Let us pause to point out that there is no real reason to believe that the Bush administration’s ill-fated decision to invade Iraq — and the subsequent “nation-building” folly of a misguided scheme to impose democracy on Mesopotamia at the point of a bayonet — was a Zionist plot. Nevertheless, the exclusion of Old Right types from the high counsels of the Republican Party was an Idea that had Consequences.

Maybe you hate the Ron Paul/Chuck Hagel/Pat Buchanan strand of anti-interventionist America First conservatism, but in hindsight, wouldn’t it have been helpful if there had been at least one person in Dubya’s inner circle who could have said, “Hey, wait a minute here, Chief. Is this really a wise choice? Shouldn’t we be skeptical about this project? Aren’t we obliged to consider the downside risk?”

It’s obviously hard to include such people in the Inner Circle if their doubts about the policy merits of foreign adventurism are automatically condemned as evidence of Jew-hating. So . . .

With those serious caveats in mind, conservatives should not hesitate to roast liberals for the hypocrisy and cynicism inherent in the “Democrats for Hagel” bandwagon. If that vicious bastard Andrew Sullivan supports Hagel, this is reason enough for any patriotic American to oppose the Hagel nomination. And the obverse of this brutal logic is that we must welcome every ally to our cause of defeating Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, in order to inflict maximum embarrassment on the Democrats. They might “win” — Hagel’s nomination may be approved by the Senate — but the conservative strategy must be aimed at making that “win” as damaging as possible to the reputation of the Democratic Party.

If we can’t beat them, at least make sure we hurt them.

There is perhaps no friend of Israel who is more hated by the Left than is Elliott Abrams, who writes at The Weekly Standard:

During the hearings on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be secretary of defense, it’s clear that the views of gay rights organizations will be heard. There the issue seems to be whether Hagel’s apology for previous remarks and beliefs was sincere, or motivated solely by self-interest. He had years to apologize publicly, but did so only when opposition from gay rights groups threatened his nomination.
But in the case of allegations of anti-Semitism, Hagel has not even apologized. He has remained silent, though one can expect the usual “perhaps I didn’t word that sentence as best I might have” excuse to emerge at his hearings. The question is, what might he have to apologize for? Why would anyone think he was an anti-Semite? . . .

Read the whole thing. But the blunt force of the argument can be made simpler and more effective. Quin Hillyer at The American Spectator:

Obama the Anti-Semite?

Ah, this is the knife under the fifth rib, you see!

This is how to win in politics,, or in anything else: You begin with the determined willpower to win. Everything else is just a matter of tactics. And I ain’t never heard of a “fair fight.” Where I come from, we believe like Coach Saban believes:

“You play fast! You play strong! You go out there and dominate the man you’re up against and you make his ass quit!





  • Becca Lower

    Another reason to oppose Chuck Hagel’s nomination.

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  • Quartermaster

    So Sully and the unspeakable slug of the WH are for him. No other reasons are needed to oppose Hagel.

  • Rob Crawford

    “wouldn’t it have been helpful if there had been at least one person in Dubya’s inner circle who could have said, “Hey, wait a minute here, Chief. Is this really a wise choice? Shouldn’t we be skeptical about this project? Aren’t we obliged to consider the downside risk?””

    Why do you assume there wasn’t anyone like that?

    In 2001, EVERYONE assumed Iraq was next. I recall one of the network talking heads demanding Bush start action against Saddam ASAP.

  • gvanderleun

    Simple stuff really: the left hates Israel and homosexuals. First one will be snuffed then the others. This is a fascist group, remember?

  • Chuck Hagel

    Have you heard of the Jewish “Catch 22”?
    Free Ham!

  • Chuck Hagel

    What’s the difference between a catholic wife and a Jewish wife?
    A catholic wife has real orgasms and fake jewellery!

  • Chuck Hagel

    What language does a Jewish homo speak?

  • Becca Lower

    In deed.

  • K-Bob


    As I write wherever I can:

    Homosexuals are safer behind conservatives with guns, than they are siding with the jihadist-enabling left.

  • Chuck Hagel

    Benjamin has just completed his first year at University rings his mother Miriam. “Mum,” he says, “if it’s OK with you, I’ll be coming home next weekend to see you and dad.”
    “If it’s OK with me?” she replies, crying. “Oh Benjy, of course it will be OK with me. You give me so much naches. I’m thrilled you’re coming. I just can’t wait to see you again. I’ll make you all you favourite food. But please drive carefully.”
    When the call is over, Miriam immediately starts getting his old room ready for him. The weekend quickly arrives and all goes well. There are many things they talk about, but then she asks him, “So, my boychick, you have a nice girlfriend already?”
    Benjamin was prepared for this question. He knew it would come up during his visit. “Well, mum,” he replies, “I have some good news and some bad news. What do you want to hear first?”
    “So give me the bad news first,” she replies, looking very worried.
    “I’m gay, mum,” he replies.
    “Oy vay!” cries Miriam, “so tell me the good news before I faint on the floor.”
    “I’m in love with such a nice doctor, mum,” he replies.

  • Chuck Hagel

    Jacob Levy had just finished his loan collecting for the week and had done very well, so he thought he would give himself a justly deserved reward and went to a well known brothel.
    The madam said “Well, you can have this nice Chinese girl over there for $5, then I have a redhead for $10 and this terrific blonde for $15.”
    Jacob decided to spend $10 and have a really good time.
    More than 20 years later his wife had died and he felt lonely so once again he went to the brothel. He recognised the redhead who was now a madam, and there was a friendly reunion. Suddenly a huge youngster of about 20 years old appeared and called out “Mum, is this guy bothering you?”
    “No,No,” said the madam, “In fact, John, I’d like you to meet your father.”
    “What?”, said John, “This little Jewish man is my father?”, to which Jacob replied “Watch your manners! If I hadn’t been so generous you would have been a chink!”

  • robertstacymccain

    Say, Senator, ever hear of a ban hammer?

  • Chuck Hagel

    What’s the definition of a queer Jew?
    A Jew that likes girls more than money!

  • Chuck Hagel

    A Jew, a Hindu and an Irishman were travelling together, and as the night fell they came to a little country inn. The innkeeper explained apologetically that only two beds were available in the inn, but he would be glad to make up a comfortable cot for the third man in the barn. So the three travellers drew straws, and it fell upon the Jew to sleep in the barn.
    In a few minutes there was a knock at the door, to which the innkeeper responded.
    “I’m so sorry,” explained the Jew, “but there is a big pig in the barn, and my religion forbids me to sleep under the same roof as a pig!”
    The Hindu had taken the next straw, and out he went. In a few minutes there was another knock at the door, and the innkeeper opened the door on the Indian fellow. Apologising gracefully, he explained that his religious belief forbade him to share shelter with a cow, and there was in the barn.
    Finally, out went the Irishman. In a few minutes there was yet another knock at the door, which the innkeeper answered. On the doorstep stood the pig and cow!

  • Chuck Hagel

    I am Chuck Hagel, what do you expect?

    Andrew Sullivan supports my nomination to Secretary of Defense. Go figure?

  • K-Bob

    I was gonna reply with the standard, “heh,” but I forgot that the appropriate laff for bigotry is the standard, Democrat, “Har! Har!”

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  • Bob Belvedere

    Love it….Goddamn Irish.

  • Bob Belvedere

    You got something against good, old-time schtick?

    I don’t know who this jokester is, but I love it.

    Boy, the way Glenn Miller played….

  • Bob Belvedere

    Is Obama an Anti-Semite?

    -The OED defines ‘Anti-Semitism’ as:

    noun. hostility to or prejudice against Jews.

    -It defines ‘hostility’ as:

    noun. hostile behaviour; unfriendliness or opposition.

    -It would seem Barack Hussein Julius Obamacus Nero Caesar would fit the definition.

  • AngelaTC

    Thank you for correctly identifying the position as anti-interventionist, and not slinging the intellectualy and intentionally dishonest “isolationist” bat.

    I’m a Buckeye. Roll Tide, I guess. Whatever.

  • AngelaTC

    That’s why the Jews voted for him?

    Maybe it’s the Christian Evangelicals who really need a reality check?

  • Bob Belvedere

    -Ever hear of the ‘Self-Hating Jew’?
    -As for the Evangelicals: you’d have to ask them as I’m not one.