I am so irritated with Chuck Hagel’s juvinile display of hystronics in the senate this week. This so-called Republican of Nebraska has joined with the leading liberals in sponsoring a treasonous resolution criticising the mission in Iraq. It is impossible to believe that Hagel would say on the one hand, ” we support the troops,” while on the other hand sponsor a resolution condemning their mission. When General Pratorious siad that the resolution would embolden the enemy, John Warner and several other Senators were displeased the General’s honest statement. Chuck Hagel is clearly a Republican in Name Only.
Chuck Hagel, who has replaced Lincoln Chafee as conservatives’ least favorite Republican, is high on the buzz he’s generated by his public opposition to the war in Iraq and General Petraeus’s plans for fighting there. So, he’s pondering whether or not he should run for president. Well, he has zero chance of winning in a Republican primary, but that could just be a stepping stone to a decision to run as an independent or as part of a bipartisan ticket, although it’s not clear which party would nominate such a hybrid.
Hagel joked during the interview about teaming up with New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a moderate Republican, and also floated the possibility of joining a bipartisan unity ticket with a Democrat — with his name first, of course.
Hagel clearly admires Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and calls him “a star,” but he doubts the two could ever team up given the vast difference in their parties’ principles. “I don’t know if it gets to that point, but there is a shift going on out there, and there’s nothing like a war that does that,” Hagel said.
This little detail is telling.
Hagel is a loner in the Senate, a serious and somewhat distant colleague who eschews consultants and other trappings of political ambition — although he is a regular on political talk shows.
He is a loner, but he sure likes to go on the talk shows. And that is just what he is – a creature of the media. Otherwise, the only people out there who would provide a base of support for a Hagel candidacy are antiwar activists disappointed in the Democrats.