President Barack Obama and former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama's decision to name former Sen. Chuck Hagel to lead the Defense Department may have sparked a fury of noisy opposition and concern from both parties, but pending a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Nebraska Republican will likely make the cut.
Simply put, the math is on Hagel's side.
Democrats hold a 14-12 majority in the Armed Services Committee, which will conduct the confirmation hearings. Once he passes that threshold, he will need at least 60 votes of approval from his former colleagues in the Senate. Democrats control 55 seats in the chamber, meaning Obama must pick off only five Republicans to secure Hagel's appointment.
"That just doesn't seem like a tall order," a senior Senate Republican aide told Yahoo News.
Hagel will undoubtedly face a gantlet of criticism from members of the Armed Services Committee. Republicans are preparing to interrogate Hegel on controversial comments he made in the past about the United States' Read More »from Math is on Hagel’s side in confirmation fight