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Senate 'old boy' network is misfiring on Hagel nomination (+video)

While senators typically support their own in confirmation hearings,  that is not the case for former Senator Hagel, whose nomination to be secretary of defense is under heavy fire.

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Conventional wisdom has it that Senate confirmation hearings go smoothly when the Senate is confirming one of its own. That may well prove to be the case for Sen. John Kerry (D) of Massachusetts, who is expected to windsurf through his confirmation hearing to replace (former Sen.) Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) of New York as secretary of state.

But former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R) of Nebraska, a storied maverick, is already facing headwinds from senators on both sides of the aisle in in his confirmation to be Secretary of Defense.

On Sunday, Sen. Bob Corker (R) of Tennessee, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, raised concerns about Mr. Hagel’s “overall temperament.”

“Is he suited to run a department or a big agency or a big entity like the Pentagon,” Senator Corker asked on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.”


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