Unprecedented Filibuster Against Chuck Hagel
Republicans believe there’s no downside.
While the fight over Hagel is consuming official Washington — and enraging the Democratic base — Republican strategists believe that not only are few regular people following all of this, but the former Nebraska senator isn’t someone with all that many allies outside of Washington. “He’s about as unsympathetic a character as you’re ever going to see so the political danger is virtually non-existent,” said one senior Senate Republican aide. Added another GOP Senate strategist: “Hagel doesn’t have a natural base of grassroots support outside the president and Democratic leaders so it’s difficult to see any real backlash developing.” Worth noting: A Quinnipiac University poll conducted earlier this month showed that two-thirds of people didn’t know enough about Hagel to offer an opinion either favorable or unfavorable.