What he obviously doesn't understand is that such behavior does nothing to endear him to the Obama administration -- at least if the people making the staffing choices are smart. Hagel's intemperance is markedly at odds with the "can't we all just get along" tone that President-elect Obama seems to want to set.
What's more, Hagel's reasoning is specious on its face. He calls for more bipartisanship and results-oriented governing -- but declined to endorse his old friend, John McCain, who had actually behaved that way in office. Instead, Hagel has continued to preen for McCain's erstwhile rival, who -- nothwisthanding all the pretty words -- has an actual record in office that is one of the most partisan in the Senate.