Ed Driscoll

The Comedy Stylings of Chuck Hagel

“Hagel: I Don’t Know Enough About the Defense Department,” as spotted by the Weekly Standard.

He has “no idea where the sequester comes from,” Joel Pollack adds at Breitbart.com:

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, under questioning by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) in his confirmation hearing for the post of Secretary of Defense, did not know that the Budget Control Act of 2011 established the sequester that will cut billions in defense spending.

Moe Lane has video of this moment today:

During his Senate confirmation hearings, former Senator Chuck Hagel R-Neb. couldn’t name any of the “dumb things” that he said the “Jewish lobby” forced the Senate to do.

At the Corner, video of Hagel declaring The Islamist regime in Iran, “an elected, legitimate government, whether we agree or not.”

“Hey, Jews, the Joke’s on You!” quips fellow PJM columnist Andrew Klavan:

In the light of the comic genius of people like Jack Benny, the Marx Brothers, and Mel Brooks, it’s sometimes said that Jewish people have an especially keen sense of humor. Perhaps that would explain why so many of them voted for Barack Obama. They must’ve been anticipating the knee-slapping hilarity of Obama pulling the rug out from under them to send them falling butt first onto the hard floor of his broken promises where they’d slip on the banana peel of his deceit and go skittering into the mud pit of his betrayal.

What a chuckle it’s been indeed. Right after winning well over 60% of the Jewish vote in November, Obama delivered his gut-busting punchline by nominating former Senator Chuck Hagel to serve as secretary of Defense. And as if that weren’t funny enough, Hagel is now before the Senate, where he’ll almost certainly be confirmed.

Now the good news for Jews is that Hagel rhymes with bagel, a tasty breadstuff much beloved by our Hebraic citizens. The bad news is just about everything else. Supporters of the former senator have been reassuring various media outlets that Hagel doesn’t dislike Jewish people. And I’m sure that’s mighty Christian of him. The problem is he’s not being asked to dance at a bar-mitzvah. He’s being called to support our allies and stand up to our enemies and when it comes to the Middle East he doesn’t seem quite sure about which are which.

“‘This Hagel hearing is a disaster,” — Liberals take to Twitter to slam Hagel,” the Washington Free Beacon notes in its round up of the ugly response to today’s Hagelian track wreck. “It is very clear from the testimony that Sen. Hagel will not be bringing the potato salad to the next Mensa picnic,” an “astounded” veteran Capitol Hill Democrat tells Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post.

“So, what’s it worth to Barack Obama to have the GOP kill the Hagel nomination?”, Moe Lane snarks. “Because at this point I don’t think that we should do this favor to the President for free.”