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Under the category "you’ve got to be kidding"
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, January 27, 2007


From the Washington Post:
His Republican colleagues regard him warily. The White House barely speaks to him. He is reviled by his party's conservative base.

Looks as though Sen. Chuck Hagel is on a roll.


Hagel's sharp criticism of the war has placed him squarely in the mainstream of public opinion on Iraq and revived long-dormant speculation about his presidential ambitions. Hagel has been eclipsed by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a leading contender for his party's presidential nomination who has vigorously endorsed the president's war policies.

But with McCain appearing increasingly isolated on the issue as public opinion has turned overwhelmingly against the war, Hagel is acting like a politician who believes his stock is climbing. In other words, he is considering a White House run.

Hagel said in a wide-ranging interview this week that he is discussing his options with his family and other confidants and will make a decision in the next six weeks.
The words "snowball" and "hell" come unbidden after reading this. Chuck Hagel has about as much chance of becoming the Republican party's presidential nominee as John Kerry might for the Dems. In fact the article compares Hagel with Joe Lieberman, only as the reverse in the Republican party.

Oh, and Republicans will love this:
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.
Yikes. Hagel's only chance? The same as Lieberman's ... an independent run. But as his party's nominee ...
Hagel attracted the support of only 1 percent of registered Republicans in recent polls, compared with 25 to 30 percent for McCain. And his standing among conservative party faithful who will determine the outcome of the Republican presidential nomination remains strikingly low because of the intensity of his attacks on Bush.
... snowballs and hell.
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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a leading contender for his party’s presidential nomination
And his standing among conservative party faithful who will determine the outcome of the Republican presidential nomination remains strikingly low
I have said all along that McCain is not a contender he is a myth of the media.Now they have proved themselves. Both of the quotes above can not be true at the same time.
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What are his positions on regulation, taxes and spending? If he’s for reducing all of them I’ll listen. If not (like John McCain) I won’t.
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If McCain isn’t a contender, Hagel certainly is not. Which, I think, is just as well, because I don’t think he deserves the position he has now, much less one of greater power.
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