11 Photos of Chuck Hagel Blowing His Confirmation HearingS

Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense, totally bombed his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate today. How can you tell? Just look at the photos AP and Getty had available:

11 Photos of Chuck Hagel Blowing His Confirmation HearingS

11 Photos of Chuck Hagel Blowing His Confirmation HearingS

11 Photos of Chuck Hagel Blowing His Confirmation HearingS

11 Photos of Chuck Hagel Blowing His Confirmation HearingS

Of course, it could be that Hagel didn't "blow it" so much as he gave reasonable if passive answers to a lot of nonsense questions about Israel, and withstood a weirdly personal barrage of questions about Iraq from his old friend John McCain. But, no — it's gotta be that he blew it, right? Look at these photos of sad Chuck Hagel!

11 Photos of Chuck Hagel Blowing His Confirmation HearingS

11 Photos of Chuck Hagel Blowing His Confirmation HearingS

11 Photos of Chuck Hagel Blowing His Confirmation HearingS

11 Photos of Chuck Hagel Blowing His Confirmation HearingS

And sure, you could point out that he's still going to be Secretary of Defense — he still has Democratic support, and the Democrats control the Senate — but I saw the photos. Total disaster!

11 Photos of Chuck Hagel Blowing His Confirmation HearingS

11 Photos of Chuck Hagel Blowing His Confirmation HearingS