AN EDITORIAL

HAGEL NOMINATION FOR DEFENSE SECRETARY
IN BIG TROUBLE - FORMER NEBRASKA SENATOR
MAY WITHDRAW NAME FROM CONSIDERATION
AWFUL PERFORMANCE AT HEARING UNDERMINES
CHANCES - McCAIN AND GRAHAM PILE ON - IT
"PAYBACK TIME" - FORMER REPUBLICAN, NOW
OBAMA "YES MAN," STUMBLES OUT OF GATE

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It's a fact Chuck Hagel knifed his old buddy John McCain in the back, and for that matter, in recent years became an eager whore for the Democrats and Obama.

But we were willing to overlook that bit of dirty politics - even Hagel's obviously expedient flip-flops on issues from abortion to Israel. After all, the Nebraskan would become the first U.S. Secretary of Defense that served exclusively in combat as an enlisted man. Surely, someone with that unique perspective would bring a breath of fresh air to the office most recently sullied by Leon Panetta.

Sadly, for the infantry sergeant and the country, however, it appears Chuck Hagel isn't the man for the job.

MADE A TERRIBLE FIRST IMPRESSION

As the hearings on his confirmation began in Washington, even the lap-dog mainstream media were shocked by how unprepared and bumbling the former senator appeared to be. Jaded observers were heard to say "My God! The man is actually stupid."

The Democrats have enough votes to push him over the line with a simple majority, but now there's talk that Hagel hasn't come clean on foreign sources of financial support he received while being openly critical of Israel. The ex-lawmaker with the hang-dog face has also been decidedly un-politically correct when it came to gays serving in the military.

This rankles the hard left, while Hagel also worries "moderate" Democrats from Republican states who already face a tough fight for re-election come 2014. Not all of them can be counted on to go along with Bam's butt-boy.

HAGEL MIGHT JUST THROW IN THE TOWEL

Hated by his former GOP colleagues, such as Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, and distrusted by his new-found "friends" in the Democratic Party, Hagel may find himself a man lacking enough support to overcome the lengthening odds against his becoming the next secretary of defense.

We would not be surprised to see Hagel pull his name from consideration and slink back to some dark corner somewhere.

He could still survive the fight ahead - one of his strongest allies is powerful Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed, a West Point grad - but Hagel is in very serious trouble.

Odds on his survival are no better than even money at the moment.