Former Defense Secretary William Cohen says that Hagel is now "in a difficult position." Politico reports:
"'It’s going to put [Hagel] in a difficult position once he gets there,' said Bill Cohen, a former Republican senator from Maine who served as defense secretary under President Bill Clinton. 'I’m sure there will be some lingering discontent on the part of some on the Hill. That, however, speaks to the process we’re talking about … Those resentments will weigh around. I don’t think everyone will say, 'We’ve put you through the wringer, now forget about it.'"