Unwilling to negotiate with hard-nosed Republicans, Obama installed Cordray in January in a recess appointment.
These are hard-nosed assessments five months out from the election, and the Obama campaign ignores them at its peril.
Against such a background, the political satirist must be hard-nosed, hard-hearted and—it must be said—self-interested.
"stubborn," 1927, from hard + nose (n.). Earlier of bullets or shells with hard tips, and of dogs that had difficulty following a scent. Not in common use before 1950s, when it begins to be used of tough or relentless characters generally (Damon Runyon characters, U.S. Marines, Princeton professors, etc.). Soft-nosed seems to have been used only of bullets.