Hagel is a dick to his own party and specifically pissed in the ear of McCain. That's a problem. Despite that he was going to sail through. All he had to do was the pro-forma hearing but he pissed down his leg. Obama/Hagel knew what was coming and had weeks to prepare. What's worse, Obama had just had Susan Rice get run through the meat grinder because Obama has no, zero, relationship with the Hill. Republicans or Democrats. His own supporters don't have a clue what Obama's end game is or what is going on at 1600. When Hagel stumbled and blood hit the water the R's were rightfully emboldened and went on the attack. And then took the guy apart and then commenced to corpse ****ing his ass.
This thing was done before Hagel went to the hearing. Once you get a chance to take a bite out of a cabinet nominee you take it. Sailing him through gives him strength. Sending him in weak means he is politically damaged and costs Obama time and political capital. Having rice and Hagel go down just is good for R's.
What is stunning is the party that invented Borking and has no qualms destroying political careers with lies has the temerity to get indignant that the feeding frenzy began in the hearing when their pick shit the bed.
Obama is incompetent. This is a fact borne out by his cabinet fights but also by the fact that he makes no effort to move legislation at all. Reid won't move Obama's gun package. Won't move Obama's climate change package. Won't touch Obama's budget. And Obama has already conceded he is going to circumvent Congress and move these initiatives through the agencies and EOs. So now, more than ever, it is critical to fight every cabinet nominee because they are going to be more empowered than ever to enact by fiat what is rightfully the purview of Congress.
In short Hagel/Obama knew the vulnerabilities and still failed. This failure is on them, not Republicans.
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