I don't particularly disagree tbh (although I struggle to really care about him too much), but i don't think it's unreasonable (or being overly defensive) acknowledging that there was the seeds of some good stuff. Again, there's a difference between saying and doing, especially when one of the things you do is buy daft turnstiles, but I think the point that he could be a good consultant is a fair enough one.
Again, I'm not at all defending his record when it came to actually doing the job. There's not really any credible defence there, and as you say he came to symbolise the disconnect between club and fans which McKinnon has acknowledged. I also thought it was revealing when Hopkin said that with the new regime, he felt the time was right to take the job. Hard not to read that as him saying he didn't want to work with Hawke.
My main point is to counter your apparent view that he couldn't do right for doing wrong in they eyes of the support though. Hawke's actions directly resulted in us hating him, nothing else. Nobody's saying there weren't things he did well- it would take a monumental fuck up of Craig Whyte proportions to do nothing right. But come on, he was a failure in the position, there's no escaping from it. And his relationship with people, be it his internal or external customers, was his major downfall. Had he not been such a complete prick, he, and Morton, would've been far better off. Hell mend him.