Bob Woodward said Sunday Democratic senators have called the White House asking if defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel will withdraw his nomination only to be met with an emphatic “no,” in an interview with “Fox News Sunday”:
WOODWARD: I think there’s another dimension here and that is, what are Democratic senators really thinking about the Hagel nomination? I understand some of them have actually called the White House and said, “Is Hagel going to withdraw, would he consider withdrawing?” The answer is an emphatic “no,” but remember John Erlichman–Nixon’s aide–used to talk about twisting slowly in the wind. The factor here is time, and there is this twisting in the wind aura to all of this. I wonder whether are kind of looking and asking what really is the fundamental question here: Is he really the best person to be secretary of defense?