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Corker: Say, that Hagelís got quite a temper, eh?
Hot Air.com ^ | January 13, 2013 | JAZZ SHAW

Posted on 01/13/2013 2:30:01 PM PST by Kaslin

We’ve spent plenty of time covering the litany of complaints being raised against Chuck Hagel’s nomination for SecDef based on various policy positions he’s taken or past comments he’s made. But now a different and less discussed – though already well known – aspect of his past is bubbling back to the surface. During the round of Sunday morning shows, Senator Bob Corker weighed in, asking whether Hagel has the proper temperament for an upper level management position.

Raising concerns about former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary, Sen. Bob Corker said Sunday the former Nebraska senator’s temperament should be explored in his confirmation hearings.

“There are number of staffers who are coming forth now just talking about how he dealt with them,” Corker said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, said the Senate hearings should consider Hagel’s management skills and determine whether he’d be capable of running the Pentagon.

Corker wasn’t the only one, though. A report from Commentary Magazine takes a very similar tone.

This isn’t a surprise, considering Hagel’s reputation as a difficult boss who often castigated his staffers in public (in Adam Kredo’s story on this, Michael Rubin dubbed Hagel “the Cornhusker wears Prada”). Apparently he didn’t treat his fellow senators much better.

But on the Hill, where being a team player matters, Hagel’s abrasive personality wasn’t his only problem. Eli Lake reports that his mercurial temperament has also irritated the GOP

When anyone in any line of work spends long enough in a senior leadership position – even running a Senate office – there are bound to be a couple of staffers over the years who run into trouble and wind up leaving with some sour grapes to sell. But if it turns out to be a repeating pattern, this is certainly a valid cause for concern when selecting somebody as a cabinet member. Like it or not, personnel management and general “people skills” are an important aspect of the position.

Whether this turns out to be a truly crippling factor will depend on what comes out during the confirmation process. If it’s one or two people, this will probably be disregarded. But if opponents can line up a long enough parade of witnesses to this “mercurial temper” then it could turn into an excuse for some wavering yes votes to swing the other way.



TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: 113th; barackobama; bhosecdef; bobcorker; chuckhagel; secdefhagel; secretaryofdefense

1 posted on 01/13/2013 2:30:13 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Sometimes ‘having a temper’ just means you call someone out. Sometimes it even signifies a backbone. I guess liberal girly-boys don’t get to be angry? (Or maybe Hagel is really awful? I haven’t followed this too much...).


2 posted on 01/13/2013 3:17:12 PM PST by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: Kaslin

There’s a ‘ Apo-stro-phe Gremlin causing editing problems when copying text from certain websites which some web hosts have in their editing programs including mine. It’s really a pita to deal with and sometimes you can’t corret it.


3 posted on 01/13/2013 3:52:11 PM PST by mosesdapoet ("To punish a province let a professor rule it." Frederick The Great paraphrased)
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To: Kaslin

I do believe that We The People are developing quite a temper too? Everyone I talk to wants them all voted out and I do mean ALL regardless of stripe.


4 posted on 01/13/2013 4:05:11 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: bboop

Dressing down an employee in public is always bad form.


5 posted on 01/13/2013 4:28:28 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Kaslin

It seems like Hussein is in a search for the least qualified jackasses in the country. Surely, in the entire United States of America, there is a person with sterling bonafides to be elevated to such an important position as Secretary of Defense of the most powerful military in the world, notwithstanding the fact that the White House is inhabited by a marxist.

It does not have to be so painful. Every day there is a new outrage from this administration. How about if they just take a day off.


6 posted on 01/13/2013 7:43:58 PM PST by FlyingEagle
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To: bboop
Having a temper is never a good thing.

Now, to get justifiably angry over circumstances is fine. But tempered people are weak and don't possess self-control. And "girly-boys", as you put it, are often the very ones who fly into rages.

7 posted on 01/13/2013 8:07:30 PM PST by what's up
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To: bboop

Hagel gets angry because he’s not very bright. He reminds me of a high school jock demanding “Are you callin’ me stoopid?”


8 posted on 01/13/2013 10:27:39 PM PST by ozzymandus
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