I was surprised at first that I saw nothing objectionable and, in fact, I thought he did quite well during (prepared) initial statement. The surprise appearance of John Warner and Sam Nunn with their seemingly sincere endorsement of Hagel touched me, as a fellow Vietnam Vet. I had to leave my boss’s office after the first hour to do some actual work, and apparently it went downhill from there. The media certainly are playing it as a failure tonight.
But you know what? I’ll bet he gets confirmed. This ad,imistration likely had every vote counted before they ever nominated him. That’s what they do.
Hagel has the classic bags under his eyes of a chronic alcoholic. If he got that three AM call, he would be passed out.