Patraeus would have zero issues getting confirmed. Republicans confirmed an Education Secretary that is literally the least qualified person to ever hold the position, so they would easily hand-wave away General Patraeus' "mishandling" of documents as an experience he learned from and that makes him all the more sensitive to the handling of classified materials in the future. Then they would tout his experience and qualifications for the position (which admittedly are very good) and wave him on through.
Conservative Republicans have literally completely wiped the list of things they found so objectionable in Clinton from their collective minds now that they're in control. Unsecure emails and phones? Cozying up to Wall Street? Questions of business/charity organizations and ethics? Getting Americans overseas killed? Nepotism in the White House? Ties to and influence from foreign interests? Apparently none of that matters now that they've won and are in control. It is good to be the king President.
I'm curious what conservative media even has to talk about these days? They've spent 8+ years building on the outrage of all the injustices heaped upon them by the Obama Administration, and the Trump Administration can literally do no wrong, even when obvious evidence to the contrary exists. I guess they've spent the past couple of months railing against the "paid protestors" and "cry-baby libtards who can't get over the fact that they lost" while also still worrying daily about the twin boogeymen of Moose Lambs and Mexicans.
Hmmm...Moose Lambs and Mexicans is a great name for a Broadway show...