In the same way that the race for the Democratic nomination in 2008 is shaping up to be Hillary vs the non-Hillary, centering on differences over the war in Iraq, the race on the Republican side looks like it could turn out to be McCain vs the non-McCain, also centering on differences over the war.Let's hope that Republicans and the American people see the light and jump on board.
And the man looking more and more like the non-McCain is Chuck Hagel.
The two decorated war heroes are longtime friends. But their political paths seem to be diverging. Whereas McCain, longtime wearer of the mantle of party maverick, is aggressively staking out the sweet spot of the GOP base -- supporting President Bush on Iraq and tax cuts (yes, the ones he originally voted against), and making nice with Jerry Falwell -- Hagel is courageously and passionately speaking out against the White House's disastrous foreign policies....
It's almost as if McCain has abandoned the Straight Talk Express on the side of the road and Hagel has hopped into the driver's seat.
Will his party, looking for a way out of the Iraq quagmire, climb on board?
Friday, August 18, 2006
The Huffington Post: "Has Chuck Hagel Hijacked the Straight Talk Express?"
There's a great post by Arianna Huffington over at The Huffington Post looking at Chuck Hagel and his straight-forwardness. The following is excerpted from it.