While Kerry’s confirmation took the form of a bipartisan praise party for the long-time Democratic senator, and he earned near-unanimous confirmation by his peers, Hagel, a former senator himself (and a Republican to boot), has not been so lucky.
In his confirmation hearing today, Hagel faced tough questions from GOP senators on his defense policy and past remarks about Israel. In particular, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was particularly rough on Hagel, interrupting the nominee as he attempted to answer the questions asked of him. McCain was criticizing him for refusing to say whether or not he thought opposing the Iraq surge in 2007 was wrong. Read