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Bridget Johnson

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June 20, 2013 - 5:52 am
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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel found some common ground with Vice President Joe Biden in an address at the University of Nebraska.

After talking military posture and global threats, Hagel took questions from the audience.

“Way up in the back there… You’re not a member of the Taliban are you?” he said.

“Mr. Secretary, I’m Robin Gandhi. I’m an assistant professor at UNO,” the professor responded.

Incidentally, Hagel effusively praised Biden in the same address.

“Joe Biden is one of the most human, honest, decent human beings I’ve ever — ever worked with in my life in any job I’ve ever had,” Hagel said. “If you look at Joe Biden’s voting record and my voting record, they’re about as far apart as you could get, except on — on the issues of foreign policy and national security. And that used to be a line that parties didn’t cross.”

“…Joe came up a pretty hard way.  Now, that doesn’t mean that he’s any better than anybody else. He had to overcome a lot of things.  And I trust him on — I just trust who he is.  And he’s fun to work with. He’s very serious and he’s very tough. And it’s a pleasure.”

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Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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These guys stay in office long past their dotage.
42 weeks ago
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Hagel has been described as looking like Elmer Fudd caught in headlight beams; Joe Biden is a professional liar and a thief.
42 weeks ago
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Anybody wanna drag up The Foreigner-Insult Stuff Biden has slobbered out ?
I'll start : The Dunkin' Donut gaffe of 2008.
NEXT ??..............
42 weeks ago
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Obama is "a clean, articulate, non-menacing black". Obama's a foreigner, right? :P
42 weeks ago
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Is it just me, or does Hagel always look and sound like he has been induging in the consumption of adult beverages before breakfast?
42 weeks ago
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Hagel is a member of the asymum where insane things happen all the time - this is so troubling.
42 weeks ago
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So did Hagel stumble across another case of the same stuff he had before his confirmation hearing? Let's hope so, because there's no intervention for plain stupidity.
42 weeks ago
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Just for clarity's sake, I'm pretty sure the UNO at which Prof. Gandhi works is this one [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Nebraska_at_Omaha], not this one [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_New_Orleans].

(Sure hope this HTML works...)
42 weeks ago
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Eh. Sort of.
42 weeks ago
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Let a Republican say something like that and it would be front page rage until he resigned. A demoncrat says it and I only hear about it on the web.

42 weeks ago
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Hagel IS a Republican, but as far as this Administration is concerned, he is the right kind of Republican for Obama's needs which is why he was picked for Sec of Def. Hagel, Obama, Rice, Powers, Kerry all share a bias against Israel and a bias in favor of Islam.
42 weeks ago
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He meant a *practicing* Republican. There's a huge difference between even a RINO and a Democrat lapdog like Hagel.

Of course if McCain had said this, he'd have gotten a pass. too.
42 weeks ago
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Yyyeeeeep!
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