Now that Obama has revived the possibility that Chuck Hagel will be his choice for Secretary of Defense, Mr. Hagel must be prepared to overcome at least two obstacles if in fact he gets Obama’s nod. First, while still a Senator, Hagel apparently twisted some gay noses out of joint. A big no-no in today’s political correct society with its gay-approved military. Then there are the Jews - or more precisely - the “Jewish lobby,” which then-Senator Hagel said “intimidates a lot of people up here,” but not him because “I’m a United States senator. I’m not an Israeli senator.”
Whether either of the two offended constituencies, or a combination thereof, is angry enough or strong enough to put the kibosh on Hagel remains to be seen. Though one thing is certain. Gays and Jews lost much of their leverage by being all in for Obama in November. Being taken for granted is never smart politics.