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A Petty Decision by Obama

John5103 Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 7:18 PM
What is so surprising about Obama nominating someone based on politics rather than competence? Come on, this is Obama, remember? This is the guy who is the unique combination of an America-hater and an incompetent leader.

It's official. President Obama has named former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as his nominee for secretary of defense. Hence, we may be in store for the worst defense secretary nomination fight since George H.W. Bush's failed appointment of Sen. John Tower (R-Texas) more than 20 years ago.

The interesting question is, why? Why waste the political capital? Why pass over more qualified candidates who would sail through confirmation, including Michele Flournoy -- who'd be the first female defense secretary?

The most ridiculous answer is among the mainstream media's favorites: bipartisanship. According to Politico, the choice "appeals to Obama's bipartisan spirit." The...