Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 | 2 a.m.
It was a brilliant move by President Barack Obama to nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican, to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
Hagel has been supported for the job by many, including Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer and retired Gen. Colin Powell, a Republican. Hagel is a Vietnam combat veteran with two Purple Heart awards and a hater of war.
It will be interesting to see how the Republicans line up on Hagel’s confirmation for the job.