President Obama has proposed two nominations. One initially supported the Iraq War, but has since decided it was a mistake that he does not want to repeat with Iran. The other was involved in the Bush torture program and the Obama drone assassinations.
The Iraq War skeptic has met with almost hysterical opposition.* The torture and murder guy seems almost completely uncontroversial.
What have we come to?
*In all fairness to Hagel's opponents, I assume they are so fierce in their opposition because they see him as a renegade Republican and would not resist so much if he were a Democrat. I see the opposition to the Hagel nomination intended first and foremost as a warning to Republicans what will happen if they deviate from the party line.