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.
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: