Friday, November 10, 2006

A great article about Chuck Hagel and 2008

Don Walton of the Lincoln JournalStar has written another great piece about Chuck Hagel. Please read the full article, as it is well worth it. Here is an excerpt from it:
But the political environment he’s always said he would need to have any shot at the GOP presidential nomination fell into place Tuesday.

If voters had expressed contentment with the status quo and current Republican leadership, there would be no opening for Hagel.

On the contrary, voters said no to both.

On top of that, national opinion about the war in Iraq is moving to the place where Hagel always has been.

Suddenly, the environment has become more open and friendly. Still treacherous, daunting, steeply uphill for a Republican whose criticism of Iraq policy has outraged his party’s right wing. But more welcoming now.

Nevertheless, when a decision rests so much on personal considerations — a presidential bid would swallow up his life for a year or two — a friendlier environment doesn’t necessarily mean Hagel will take the plunge.


U.S. Delegate 337 said...

Thanks for the blog. I'm with you. I was lucky enough to have Mr. Hagel as my Senator a few years back and have admired and respected him for around a decade now. I've never voted for a Republican in my life (I didn't live in Nebraska for the 6 year chance or I would've voted for one) but I would switch parties to vote for Hagel in the primary or keep my Democratic registration and volunteer as a bipartisan for Hagel.

Hagel-Edwards 2008. It is about time.

Citizen McLain said...

The article was very good. Senator Hagel may be the right man at the right time. God knows we need a President who can work with Democrats and Republicans, not to mention the world community.

Anonymous said...

I can get behind what U.S. Delegate 337 said. I'm a Dem through and through, but i'm not insane. I know a good man when I see one, and will vote for that good man if I have the opportunity.

I have voted Republican before, however. I was proud to cross the ballot for Nancy Kassebaum, and I was a bipartisan volunteer for her.