I see no reason other than pure spite in the current United States Senate action against the nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. No matter how they construe it in terms of today's policy, it all seems to hark back to Hagel's open criticism of George W. Bush--considered a betrayal of his party and described as such without apparent embarrassment by Senator John McCain. Of course, too, there's the barely disguised hostility to President Obama and the adamant opposition to anything he does or says.
It's all so childish, isn't it? Spite is a sad, rather pathetic little emotion which reflects more upon its holder than upon the person against whom it's held. It's petty, pusillanimous, and vengeful. It lacks the slightest generosity or nobility of mind. It does not become one who sits in the chamber of the US Senate, where superior wisdom is supposed to prevail.
It's this kind of action that leads me to despair of any real progress in this country in the foreseeable future. What will it take to open those hard hearts up to the generosity of thought and spirit that we need? How many more disasters? How much more shameful neglect of pressing issues? How much more cynicism and ill will?