Engaging thoughtful Republicans such as Chuck Hagel and giving them prominent roles in an Obama administration makes a lot of sense. It sends the right signals regarding national unity and a new kind of politics, and as long as it can be done while still appointing people who fundamentally agree with Obama's views, there is not much of a downside. Still, given the historic national security deficit that Democrats have faced, and given the breadth of talent in the Democratic national security community, why do it if you don't have to?
Monday, November 03, 2008
Why Obama shouldn't appoint Chuck Hagel Secretary of Defense if he wins tomorrow (but would be well served using him in another capacity). (New Republic)