Sen. Reid on Gates

Reid told The Associated Press that a top priority for the remainder of the lame-duck session will be confirming Robert Gates as defense secretary, succeeding Donald H. Rumsfeld. "The sooner we can move it forward the sooner we can get rid of Rumsfeld," he said.

Gates certainly would have to work very hard at failure to fill Rumsfeld's shoes... It just can't get any worse in Iraq, so Reid is correct in trying to move this along.

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