If Hagel is confirmed but roughed up in the process, the administration will be forced to spend valuable capital.
Rush Limbaugh only needed four little words to express his wish for the Obama administration: I hope he fails.
This is a very important three weeks for the administration, and the 30th is an extremely important deadline.
mid-14c., "act of giving or dispensing; late 14c., "management, act of administering," from Latin administrationem (nominative administratio) "direction, management," noun of action from past participle stem of administrare (see administer).
Early 15c. as "management of a deceased person's estate." Meaning "the government" is attested from 1731 in British usage. Meaning "a U.S. president's period in office" is first recorded 1796 in writings of George Washington.