Senate Republicans went to great lengths in February to prevent Chuck Hagel, once one of their own, from becoming defense secretary. The fight was among the nastiest Washington has ever seen over an executive nomination.
But Hagel eventually was confirmed, and relations between Hagel and his former GOP mates seemed to be warming. Some of his chief critics, like Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina have even said they think he’s doing a pretty good job so far as defense secretary.
It turns out, however, that some on Capitol Hill were never quite able to put the GOP filibuster of Hagel’s nomination out of their minds. One of this lot was Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid, who pointed to the Hagel flap Thursday on the Senate floor while explaining his move to go “nuclear.” More