Who will fight against the Hagel nomination? Don't count on SchumerThe Emergency Committee for Israel for one.
The Emergency Committee for Israel will vigorously oppose the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as our next secretary of defense. We have examined Mr. Hagel's public record, which is marked by an animus toward our friend Israel and a surprising solicitude for our enemies Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah. We believe Mr. Hagel's record--both his votes and his statements--place him well outside the American mainstream. We look forward to participating in a full and fair debate on Mr. Hagel's record. We trust, at the conclusion of that debate, the United States Senate will withhold its consent to Mr. Hagel's selection as Secretary of Defense.Here are some of the other people who ought to be forced to make a stand:
For a full accounting of Chuck Hagel's record on key foreign policy issues, please visit www.ChuckHagel.com
Pro-Israel Democrats. They’ve defended the president and turned out in huge numbers to reelect him. But now the president embraces a man who has accused American Jews of standing apart from their country and at odds with its best interests (“Jewish Lobby”). There is no way to countenance a nominee who speaks of Jews as a Fifth Column. If the president were to declare opposition to late-term abortions or embrace an nominee who repeatedly spoke in disparaging terms about African Americans, they would be up in arms. Do they mutely accept this outrage and line up behind the president? (One recalls the Jewish “leaders” of the 1930′s too afraid of making a fuss to take on FDR when it came to rescuing the Jews of Europe.)
Pundits. Mainstream media pundits and cable talking heads would go ballistic if a Republican president nominated a cabinet secretary who was so overtly anti-Israel, went to battle against gays serving in government or opposed Iran sanctions. In fact they’ve done just that when the provocateur was Rick Santorum or Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.). So what do they do now? Be obedient spinners for the president or show some intellectual consistency (for once)? Will any TV interviewers grill the president, his advisers or Senate Democrats on the Hagel pick?
Senate Democrats. Senate Democrats, especially those up for re-election in 2014 (e.g., Minnesota’s Al Franken, Michigan’s Carl Levin, Illinois’ Dick Durbin, Virginia’s Mark Warner) will face a vote that can’t be fudged. It is a binary choice: Do they approve Hagel’s rhetoric and extremist views or not? He is far out of the mainstream of both parties on everything from Russian anti-Semitism (his 99 colleagues implored Russia to cease anti-Semitic conduct, but not he!) to Hamas to Iran sanctions. In addition, potential Democratic candidates (e.g., Massachusetts’s Ed Markey, New Jersey’s Cory Booker) will come under tremendous heat to stand up to the president on this one.
Republican candidates. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has often felt the heat from the right for going easy on Democratic presidents’ nominees, but here is a chance for him to stand tall, engage in ferocious questioning and lead the opposition. Likewise, if Scott Brown is going to make it back to the Senate, he will likely feel compelled to weigh in.In the meantime, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who along with Gillian Hillebrand (D-NY) probably represents more Jews than any other politician outside of Israel, remains noncommittal.
Schumer who is both Jewish and a Democrat said that he looks forward “to fully studying his (Hagel’s) record and exploring” Hagel’s views.
Expressing support for Hagel’s right to a Senate hearing Schumer said, “Chuck Hagel, as a former colleague and a patriot with a decorated service record, has earned the right to nothing less than a full and fair process in the Senate.”Yes, he's entitled to a full and fair hearing. But it' not like you don't know anything about him.
Gutless. Completely gutless.