Posted on | February 1, 2013 | 40 Comments
Hagel delivers shaky performance
— The Hill
Is Chuck Hagel Failing?
— National Journal
Wow, he stunk it up in that confirmation hearing yesterday, huh? Let me just observe that Senator Hagel looks like a man who enjoys his whiskey, and has enjoyed it at the rate of at least a half-gallon a week for the past 40 years or so. Keep drinking like that and, by age 66, you’re probably not going to be at the top of your game.
Which isn’t to say that Senator Boozehead is also Senator Jew-Hater, but there’s a bit of the walk-like-a-duck issue involved here:
The beauty of this clip isn’t just the spectacle of Graham making Hagel eat his own shinola. It’s the fact that 90 percent of the reason the left has gone along with this nomination is to see Hagel push back on questions exactly like this one. He was the guy who was going to speak truth to power by standing up to the neocon warmongers and their “Zionist” puppet-masters — and here he is, rolling over. You could almost hear liberals screaming at their TV sets when Graham asked him to name a dumb move taken by the U.S. at the behest of the Israel lobby, “Say ‘Iraq’, Chuck! Say ‘Iraq!’” But Hagel can’t make that move.
Exactly. The Left wanted Chuck to repudiate Bush’s Neo-Con War for Oil — the Jews! the Jews! — and instead he is forced to eat humble pie on national TV. Bad enough to have once made a few vaguely Stormfront-ish comments about Israel, but then to get up in front of a Senate hearing and deny everything . . . eh, it looks cowardly.
So the people who think U.S. foreign policy is secretly controlled by the Rothschild dynasty — hello, “True Freedom Fighter” John Tiessen — are disappointed in not having their beliefs officially affirmed in public, and must comfort themselves with the semi-clandestine knowledge that Senator Hagel is privately on their side:
I spent a couple of hours with Hagel a few years ago. Talked about Israel. Happily, he is lying today & knows it. He’ll be a good SeDef.
— MJ Rosenberg (@MJayRosenberg) January 31, 2013
Y’know, it might be nice if we could have an honest debate about this kind of stuff. But the Left spent more than a half-century smearing the Right as anti-Semitic until, during the Bush years, the accusation was turned around the other way, so that now the Republican Party is alleged to be puppets dancing on Zionist strings. One might think it would be possible to embarrass Democrats by making them try to explain these contradictory accusations, but Republicans are such natural-born scaredy-cats, there’s no hope for the problem.
UPDATE (Smitty): Welcome, Instapundit readers!