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Obama Lurches Left With Pick of Hagel for Defense

Jeff6662 Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 10:49 AM
Do NOT take a politician, especially a snake like Hagel at his word.
Barack Obama, we have been told by his admirers on the left and right, is an instinctive centrist, a moderate always ready to negotiate compromises, a politician deeply interested in the nuances of public policy.

His image as a centrist took hold at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, where he gave a speech hailing not the blue states or the red states but the United States of America.

But over the course of Obama's first term, this analysis increasingly sounded like wishful thinking. And never more than during the past week, with the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be secretary of...