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JAN 09, 2013 - Business Insider

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Why Chuck Hagel Will Almost Certainly Get Confirmed As Defense Secretary

In all of U.S. history, just 9 presidential nominees for cabinet positions have been rejected by the Senate. And just 12 were withdrawn before coming to a Senate vote, according to the official Senate record. The eye-opening statistics provide context to upcoming Senate confirmation processes as President Obama seeks to reshape his cabinet for a second term, including the selection of Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon. The Senate has historically granted the president broad deference on such decisions. Nominations tend not to be derailed unless ethics lapses make the candidate politically ... Read More

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