Thanks to former senator Chuck Hagel for so vividly proving my point in his confirmation hearings that simply being an “historic” appointee, absent any other managerial qualifications to head up one of the largest bureaucracies on earth, just isn’t enough. But — to quote another “historic” figure, Hillary Clinton — at this point, what difference does it make? For the Obama administration, Hagel’s appointment was a twofer — a chance to throw the lickspittle media one of its favorite story categories (which makes reporters feel like they’re on the Right Side of History, crusading for justice), and an opportunity to stick its thumb in the eyes of the GOP once more by nominating a gadfly from within their own ranks. Added bonus: the tough, hostile questioning from former maverick John McCain and others played right into the meme that Republicans are mean-spirited and obstructionist. After all, look what they’re doing to one of their own! In other words, no matter what happens with the nomination going forward, mission accomplished.