Welcome to the first installment of You Were Wrong, a new feature in which we ensure that pundits receive credit for their failed predictions.
Despite some unhelpful comments about gays and Israel and one of the worst confirmation hearings in memory, Chuck Hagel's nomination as secretary of Defense easily achieved clouture this afternoon by a vote of 71 to 27, and he will be officially approved by the Senate later today. Let's take a look at who was wrong about Hagel's nomination.
Jennifer Rubin, you were wrong:
I suspect along with the eggnog and mistletoe, Hagel will disappear after the holidays.
John Hinderaker, you were wrong:
"Time To Stick a Fork In Hagel. He’s done .... It will be interesting to see who Obama’s next SecDef nominee might be."
Andrew McCarthy, you were wrong:
"If he can’t get Hagel approved by the committee now, it doesn’t look like things are going to get better for the nominee as new information emerges in the coming days. Looks like the president better have a Plan B."
Jim Hoft, you were wrong:
"He’s Done… Controversal [sic] Obama Pick Chuck Hagel Said Israel Was 'Becoming Apartheid State' .... Good-night, Chuck."
Brian Wilson (the D.C. talk-radio host, not the Beach Boy), you were wrong:
Is the Hagel nomination in trouble? Seems the committee vote has been delayed. I predict Hagel withdraws. He needs to.— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonDC) February 7, 2013
It may be that the only person who fails to recognize that the Hagel nom is toast ... is Hagel. So who at the WH gets to make THAT call?— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonDC) February 7, 2013
Hagel had problems with comments re: Israel - now refusing to release transcripts of speeches he gave. Committee vote postponed. Toast !— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonDC) February 7, 2013
Thus concludes this installment of You Were Wrong.