A pro-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender group issued a statement today urging President Barack Obama not to nominate Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense.
"GetEQUAL strongly opposes the potential nomination of Chuck Hagel to become the next Secretary of Defense. Hagel has, time and time again, taken every opportunity to lambast and denigrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans, and the Cabinet is no place for this kind of disrespect," writes the chair GetEQUAL's board Tanya Domi.
I bet you Hagel blames Israel for this.
After all, isn't Tel Aviv the gay capital of the world?
...it is becoming hard to deny that Hagel’s anti-Israel rhetoric and views and antipathy toward defense spending and sanctions on Iran are positives with this president, not demerits. A leading Democrat with a pro-Israel organization told me, “If the rumors are true and despite Hagel’s offensive record — from his extreme anti-choice actions, being pro-high capacity magazines and against universal background checks and his slurs again minority groups like gays and Jews to his views on Iran and terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas — President Obama wants to embrace Hagel, it is going to be very awkward for Democrats in the Senate. ” He seemed baffled by the choice: “Given the fact that his staff has said it will be ‘a tough confirmation,’ the GOP is lining up against [it], and there are highly capable alternatives, the choice would be virtually inexplicable, unless the President either deep down shares Hagel’s views or doesn’t care about anyone in his party but himself.”...
... conservative critics and a number of pro-Israel activists seem anxious to have the fight. In their eyes, the Hagel nomination does not make political sense for the president (as evidenced by lukewarm endorsements and silence from Senate Dems), is no longer justified as a bipartisan move (in fact it will inflame partisan passions) and cannot be defended as selection of the most qualified candidate. Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, would have preferred to head off a fight. But now he told me his group and others will embrace the challenge: “There will be no more important battle for the pro-Israel community, in the past few decades, then the one to oppose the nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. As the Washington Post editorialized, Hagel’s policy positions are wrong in these very dangerous times and is ‘not the right choice’. Abe Foxman of the ADL has said that past comments by Hagel ‘border on anti-Semitism.’” Brooks continued that it is the Democrats who will be in the hot seat: