Sources: Obama to nominate ex-Sen. Chuck Hagel as defense secretary
Obama, who avoided a Capitol Hill battle by deciding not to nominate U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as his first choice for secretary of state, went ahead with Hagel, 66, even as leading Republicans announced their opposition — though they stopped short of saying they might try to block Hagel. Hagel also does not believe the Republican party is always right and this is what this is all about.
Seeking to soften the ground, the White House was alerting Senate Democrats that Hagel’s selection as the successor to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Obama’s second-term Cabinet was imminent, according to a congressional official.
Obama, who returned to Washington on Sunday from his Hawaiian vacation, was expected to nominate Hagel on Monday. Congress is on break this coming week.
The officials requested anonymity in order to discuss Hagel’s nomination ahead of Obama.
What's interesting here is that Hagel is a Republican, but a SANE Republican. Some in the party are intimidated by this guy's realness. He is not afraid of saying what he means and sometimes that rankles the Repubs out there. I say more power to this guy. He's more than qualified for the job.