Can Chuck Hagel recover from his brutal confirmation process?

Even if he is finally confirmed, the decorated war veteran may be too weakened to have much influence

Hagel may get the job, but at the sacrifice of his authority.
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Republicans in the Senate are essentially filibustering President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel to lead the Defense Department, an unprecedented delay for a cabinet nominee who has majority support. And while the move delays an up-or-down vote on Hagel's nomination for at least 10 days, most analysts believe he will eventually be confirmed, in no small part because the GOP doesn't want to set a precedent that could come back to haunt the party the next time a Republican wins the presidency. Still, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and other GOP senators may have already succeeded in one respect: Drubbing Hagel so mercilessly that he ultimately proves to be a powerless figure at the Pentagon.

According to Josh Gerstein and Glenn Thrush at Politico:

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