The Wall Street Journal editorializes:
Chuck Schumer, the senior Senator from New York and Harry Reid wannabe, is not currently a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Nor has he ever served on it in his 14 years in the Senate, or on its House counterpart during his 18 years as a Congressman from New York City.
So of course he's uniquely qualified to pronounce on the subject of Chuck Hagel's fitness to serve as Secretary of Defense.
That is what some of our media friends are saying now that Mr. Schumer has announced his support for the nominee following a 90-minute meeting on Monday. Mr. Schumer—who calls himself the Senate's "Shomer Israel," or "guardian of Israel"—had previously played coy about his views of Mr. Hagel, noting in a statement that he had "genuine concerns over certain aspects of his record on Israel and Iran."
But all that was put to rest during their meeting. Mr. Schumer reports that Mr. Hagel disavowed his former opposition to unilateral U.S. sanctions or military strikes on Iran. He reversed his former support for opening direct talks with the leaders of Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group.
The boss weighed in here.