Surprisingly, three Southern Republicans voted to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Richard Shelby of Alabama and Rand Paul of Kentucky joined Mike Johanns of Nebraska to give Hagel a 58-41 win.
Earlier, 18 Republicans, including our own senators Alexander and Corker, voted for cloture which allowed the Hagel nomination to come to the floor for a vote. They aren’t much worse than Rand, Shelby and Cochran as with the Dem majority in the Senate their vote for cloture ensured that the Israel hating Hagel got through.
Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham did a lot of threatening over this nomination, asking for more information on the Benghazi debacle. In the end, it was just huffing and puffing as they caved. (By the way, whatever happened to the Fast and Furious investigation in the House? Have we given up on that, too?)
It must be galling to the true patriots in the military to have Hagel now in charge of their fates.