I've pretty much come to the conclusion that Hagel is the best person to run this country for the next few years.Hagel gets a great deal of respect due to his competence.
Hagel is one of the most conservative members of the Senate and I disagree with him on virtually every issue. I even disagree with him on the war in Iraq. I don't think we can just walk away from the mess we created.
So why would I suggest Hagel is the best person to run our country?
Because this country has a lot of big problems to solve and it is doing precious little to solve any of them.
I'm not at all sure it makes any difference whether our leaders follow liberal policies to solve those problems or follow conservative policies. There are different paths to solving problems. But for the past 16 years, at least, we haven't followed any path; we've just spent all our time fighting.
Hagel, I think, has the opportunity to pull the country together. He is a war hero who was wounded in Vietnam. That should mollify the hawks. He opposes the war in Iraq. That should mollify the doves.
He built a business from scratch. I have never heard any scandal associated with his name. He's not running around the country trying to convince fruitcakes that he's one of them.
In short, Chuck Hagel is the conservative Republican everyone thought George W. Bush would be - but wasn't.
Leadership, Vision, and Experience - that's why I support Hagel for '08.
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