I can think of a (two-digit) number of cabinet officers who ought to get the boot before Chuck Hagel, but none more likely.
Now if you are President Obama, you have two choices to make regarding Hagel’s replacement:
• Another Chuck Hagel, bland but vaguely competent, who will sail through confirmation in the new GOP Senate.
• Play politics with an utterly contemptible and rejectable nominee who will play to some part of your base, while encouraging the absolute worst behavior from certain overly-excitable members of the opposition.
As the President, before choosing your course, remember the seriousness of our national security situation and the gravity of your decision.
Hoo boy, I really can tell a funny one, huh?
I needed that laugh. And now I’m going to cry.