Hagel’s McCain: Friends Like This

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Sen. John McCain, right, asks a question of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, center, President Barack Obama’s choice for defense secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Jan. 31, 2013, during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination. Sen. James Inhofe, the ranking member of the committee, listens at left.

Washington has redefined pretty much every other standard.

Why not friendship, too?

In a town where the only true best friend remains a dog — yeah, yeah, it wasn’t Harry Truman, but rather the “Give ’em Hell” play about him, that  made that homily famous — the Senate is getting ready to move on taking the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense to a vote. He’s a former two-term Republican senator from Nebraska, which means he has a lot of old friends in the Senate.

Friends like Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the Republican who has been opposing Hagel’s nomination.

“I do not believe that Chuck Hagel, who is a friend of mine, is qualified to be secretary of defense,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program today.

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