|Why wasn't Colin Powell the SecDef nominee?|
More: "Powell might be unpopular with some Republicans but no less so than Hagel, whom conservative critics continue to lambast. GOP members of the Armed Services Committee have lobbied committee chairman Sen. Carl Levin to delay the final vote on Hagel's confirmation despite the Michigan Democrat's promise to bring the matter to a swift conclusion. Time will tell whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can find enough votes to get the nomination to the floor — even as there is talk of it being filibustered. The better course would be for the White House to withdraw the nomination and begin again, with Powell or someone else, someone who clearly has the vision and the temperament to handle one of what most everyone agrees is one of Washington's toughest jobs."