Chuck Hagel’s arrogance and willingness to compromise America’s troops and national security in his pursuit of personal power is stunning:
He said one possibility is forming a presidential exploratory committee and — despite his outcast position within his party — seeking the Republican nomination. Or he may seek a third Senate term. Then again, he might take a more creative path.
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.
Our political class is as superficial and self-serving as ever and yet this man manages to stand out. He is the worst of the worst.
Riehl World View: He could get “star” Obama to break ranks with the Dems and run as his VP, or maybe recruit NYC Mayor Bloomberg to form a new party. Call it the Anti-Party – Anti-food, Anti-war, Anti-smoking, Anti-gun! It could be the first political party that isn’t for anything at all except themselves. At least Dems have the socialism thing going for them as a cause. Unfortunately for Hagel, even Bloomberg supports the war.
Blue Crab Boulevard: I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but my contempt for the man just increased. One hopes the people of Nebraska throw this guy out of the office he now holds.
RedState: Make love, not war, maaaan. Truth to power.
Hotline On Call: In Shailagh Murray’s front-page Washington Post profile of Chuck Hagel today, the Nebraska senator mentions the possibility that he’ll join a “unity ticket” with a Democratic running mate. Murray doesn’t say so, but Hagel isn’t just musing–he has a specific outfit in mind. That outfit is Unity08, an internet-based third-party recently founded by veterans of the Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford administrations that’s designed to bring about the kind of bipartisanship that continues to elude Washington.
Wonkette: Chuck Hagel — supporter of the flag-burning amendment, committed foe of abortion, rated 100% by the Christian Coalition, is found “appealing” by “even die-hard liberals,” according to the Washington Post!
Carol Platt Liebau: If the senators want to “take a stand,” let them stand behind some action. Let them propose an action plan for victory, or defund the war. Otherwise, in this craven and poisonous political environment, the only really courageous non-binding resolution would be the one that calls for victory — and nothing but.
Decision ’08: Hagel has slightly better odds than my beagle, but only slightly…
7.62mm Justice: I wouldn’t piss on this asshole if he was on fire.