The report at the link below incorrectly reports that Chuck Hagel was the first Defense Secretary nominee to be blocked by the Senate.
John Tower was actually the first Defense Secretary nominee in history to be defeated in March 1989.
Chuck Hagel was the second.
The important thing is that Hagel was defeated.
Why was Hagel, a Republican, nominated in the first place?
Obama selected him for three reasons:
1. Hagel is a RINO (Republican in name only) and would be an obedient Obama lapdog as well as a “trophy” Republican in his cabinet.
2. Hagel shares Obama’s dislike for Israel.
3. Hagel likes Iran and Iran likes Hagel.