By Mustang Bobby
The New York Times
looked into the groups that are mounting ad campaigns against the
nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense:
A brand new conservative group calling itself Americans
for a Strong Defense and financed by anonymous donors is running
advertisements urging Democratic senators in five states to vote against
Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee to be secretary of defense, saying he would make the United States "a weaker country."
The blitz against Mr. Hagel is of a sort that has generally been reserved for elections and some Supreme Court nominations.
Another freshly minted and anonymously backed
organization, Use Your Mandate, which presents itself as a liberal gay
rights group but purchases its television time through a prominent
Republican firm, is attacking Mr. Hagel as "anti-Gay," "anti-woman" and "anti-Israel" in ads and mailers.
Those groups are joining at least five others
that are organizing to stop Mr. Hagel's confirmation, a goal even they
acknowledge appears to be increasingly challenging. But the effort comes
with a built-in consolation prize should it fail: depleting some of Mr.
Obama's political capital as he embarks on a new term with fresh
I get the first group; they sound like the
kind that would crop up when a RINO runs for any kind of office, and
they're probably financed by the Koch brothers, who have nothing better
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Labels: Barack Obama, Chuck Hagel, Obama Administration