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January 31, 2013


Hagel's Odds

First Read looks at Chuck Hagel's chances of being confirmed as Secretary of Defense and notes that as of right now, "there's at least one Republican (Thad Cochran) who's planning to vote for his former GOP colleague. That's 56 votes, which is enough for majority passage but not enough to prevent a filibuster. But do Republicans really pursue a filibuster against their former colleague? Talk about some story if they do."

"All that said, Hagel also has little margin for error. A bad performance today could undo all the positive momentum his nomination has had over the past couple of weeks. Bottom line: As long as there are no surprises, Hagel is likely to make it. But it also isn't going to be easy. The most contentious questioning today is likely to come from GOP Sens. Jim Inhofe, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz."

Josh Rogin takes a whip count.












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