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A Petty Decision by Obama

Matt in N.C. Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 7:11 AM
Dems are always trying to divide and conquer, always trying to peel off outliers always trying to co-opt the philosophically shaky, always prattling about the superiority of "pragmatism" to ideology, always trying to trick Republicans into giving them political cover. They nearly always succeed. The Republican establishment has forgotten, if it ever knew, that the duty of an opposition party is to oppose. That's why the party is no longer relevant.

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...