… of actually having a Democratic Secretary of Defense in a Democratic administration will soon be coming to an end when Chuck Hagel is confirmed. Assuming Hagel serves out Obama’s second term, we will have had a Democrat as SecDef for precisely 19 months out of the past 20 years running from Clinton’s second term to the end of Obama’s admin.
I actually like Chuck Hagel… but, you know, I vote for Democrats because I like the idea of having actual, no shit, Democrats in charge of important stuff, like the Fed and DoD. Call me crazy if you will. I have to admit, this is a better situation than having Michele Flournoy in charge, but we actually have a reasonably deep bench of very qualified folks — John Hamre, Richard Danzig, Sam Nunn, Wes Clark, Ash Carter, etc.
It rubs me the wrong way.