Analyzing upcoming confirmation hearings for Obama's Cabinet
Will nominees face rough sailing?
- Duration 7:37
- Date Jan 14, 2013
Will nominees face rough sailing?
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President Obama's cabinet for his second term coming into sharper focus now -- the recent naming of for crucial positions.
That's the easy part and now the nominees have to go through confirmation hearings in given the controversy brewing on Capitol Hill there could be some rough sailing.
For a couple of them get ready for the year turn in the hot seat Jack -- in line to be.
The next Treasury Secretary Chuck Hagel chapter on the Pentagon John Brennan is director of the CIA John Kerry.
For secretary of state will they all be confirmed let's bring in.
Our political insiders -- -- a former Republican congressman for New York -- Fidel Fox News contributor and former pollster.
President Jimmy Carter -- shocking to a Fox News contributor and former pollster for Bill Clinton.
On Kerry seems to have a walk I think that's right he's a member of the boys club up there on Capitol Hill.
But what about the others -- Well I think they're going to be issues and challenges would all three if I had to bet I bet that they all are confirmed.
And that hagel will be the toughest but I think hoping we will get through but there's a larger issue here.
With -- going to CIA.
And with Jack will go to treasury this is.
The effect of consolidation of the White House.
And the president.
Directly over treasury and CIA and CIA nominally.
An independent agency are you saying these are his cronies I'm saying these are his cronies and that this is a consolidation.
Of power that in some sense is worrisome.
Now -- pat what do you think of that this especially eagle who has it sits down to two Republicans at least -- very troubling things about Iran Hamas Hezbollah.
Sesame troubling things Democrats not just Republicans and I think he could.
-- don't take animals from we see here is the President Obama and his chief of staff.
We could be wrong Klain who was apparently would have been discussed who's Biden's or will be Tom problems deputy -- Look this is all reaching inside to people by the way.
White males for -- diversity.
-- who are willing to help Obama dropped the -- of any pretense of bipartisanship.
I'm divided the country I'm -- -- my agenda through into the discussion each of them is now have it is about what we can do in terms of ignoring the law.
But did -- Eagles got real problems.
And -- You know John you have pointed out that Republicans are producer ray -- that make it impossible.
For them to really in earnest oppose these nominees makes it harder in I think the big thing here what patent Doug just said was.
The president is consolidating his power.
And exerting his influence on all the departments entitled to do that as he's entitled to do it but there's no opposition to there's no.
People -- sought at all because the Republicans are crumbling of their own way we have this poll which were gonna put up.
That the heart of the Republican coalition is Tea Party movement -- Is down to only 8% of American people money for -- -- -- -- 2010 so that is sort of self inflicted political suicide on their -- they've -- themselves down.
And the Republican narrative against Obama is nonexistent.
And that's the vacuum that the president can operator.
You know part of which you want in a secretary of defense it strikes me -- use judgment right.
I cable said of the surge in Iraq.
It's the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam of course the surge worked -- who doesn't call into question on a critical issue.
-- Eagles judgment well it does on the -- -- go one step further since he has been willing to engage with Hamas and Hezbollah.
Since he is supposed -- with the surge in Iraq but also in Afghanistan he really is for a force scare.
Would -- of American interest around the world he is as a Republican doing the bidding.
Of the democratic left and in that sense it is a change in philosophy I think from what has been the prevailing consensus in American foreign policy.
He -- -- pat ridiculed as in -- so office and what you know -- which may be unfair -- probably unfair look let's all acknowledge what a hero we was in Vietnam.
And this the however I'd get tired excuse because he's -- normally in Vietnam and I can name you -- people who did not.
Who have -- -- government but you know but that's just somehow pass we're talking about his policy ideas he is a walking Vietnam syndrome.
Which is the notion and by the way he speaks to but I believe -- Obama's.
-- actual policy he wants to withdraw from the world.
It also not supporting Israel and most importantly by the way the biggest issuable who -- that I have holes on the of the years.
Where 80% the American people are entered about Iran -- -- and if they know his -- I think they're toxic whenever.
On more than one occasion Chuck Hagel -- said.
Things that are regarded as anti Israel which invites -- he's he too soft on -- ran and too hard on Israel well.
First of all here's what I predict will happen.
We get close to the hearings.
He will go and do these courtesy calls up on the senate.
-- to office to office to see each senator -- Jose didn't really mean well they'll talk that they these guys are very good at schmoozing and letting the senator who's gonna decide softened things up but he's gonna walk back some of these comments.
And one that's over there's going to be less white hot opposition to we talk about -- to -- what I want to be did you hear Jeff Sessions today who lit into -- Saying that he is testimony.
Was essentially a -- on Capitol Hill before session's committee called it fantastical.
I think though that -- will be confirmed I think that.
While there's opposition to -- policy.
There isn't the kind of opposition -- -- and pat was speaking to that hey Eagles face and I know Lou he's a good guy the problem is he's.
Effectively fronting for policies.
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He won the scuttle the deal of 2011 by the last minute introduction of more tactic he is a person says no.
This is Obama on steroids to the lap he is pushing the country at a place that he does -- -- mandate for example what.
You said he has no opposition to -- I say one thing that that the shame of these picks.
Is there are small you know there inside the belt way of course moral or political acts -- -- presidents and yeah the president wanted to pay the transformational president and he's been reelected not many presidents in the history of two term presidents.
He can be as successful president if he does.
And the great thing he could do.
For a liberal Democrat is saved the social safety net from financial collapse.
He had the chance to -- -- us the chance that he got -- and joining us senator Erskine -- and go to bars would have -- -- other people who would have brought some imagination as a betrayal of the -- in small -- the Indians nor does it -- holes recommendation -- -- -- -- Pickens mysteries god forbid -- jump back you know.