WH press secretary Jay Carney said — with a straight face — that Chuck Hagel did a “fine job” in his Senate hearings yesterday. I’m never playing poker with Carney.
I think the strategy was for Hagel to take the blows and not argue. Hagel has a reputation for being “prickly,” and I assume they decided it wasn’t smart to respond to the GOP pricks by being prickly. So Hagel ended up looking weak and, frankly, not real bright.