As far as the Twitterverse is concerned, Chuck Hagel’s confirmation isn’t going well, and liberals and conservatives alike are piling on the former Nebraska senator. Selected commentary collected below:
This Hagel hearing is a disaster.
— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) January 31, 2013
Basically, Hagel does not seem very sharp.
— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) January 31, 2013
Hagel has been pretty shaky thus far, right?
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) January 31, 2013
When does Joe Torre come to the mound to take Hagel out?
— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) January 31, 2013
Not impressed by Hagel so far. This is one of the toughest jobs in govt. He needs to do better.
— Tom Wright (@thomaswright08) January 31, 2013
this hearing is beginning to remind me of the 1st Obama-Romney debate
— Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart) January 31, 2013
It's probably dawning on Sens. who didn't serve w/Hagel that he's just not very bright. Exchange w/McCain unresponsive & bumbling.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) January 31, 2013
Hagel soon: I forgot to turn off my stove. I've got to run.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) January 31, 2013
This is as bad a performance at a confirmation hearing as I've ever seen. Doesn't mean he won't get through, but wow.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) January 31, 2013
Seriously, did they not prep him or he wouldn't be prepped or is he not bright? Never seen a witness do this bad…
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) January 31, 2013
Hagel is struggling. Even those who agree w/him and hope he's confirmed must realize this is a very poor performance.
— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) January 31, 2013
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) January 31, 2013