Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel is the wrong man at the wrong time to lead the Defense Department. With any luck, a coalition of common-sense Republicans and Democrats will come together to block this potentially disastrous appointment.
Mr. Hagel’s views on Israel and Iran—two rather important issues at the moment—are extremely troubling, although apparently Read More
Here’s a write-up by Observer intern Lien Hoang of a visit by Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to the Columbia campus on Friday:
As usual, when Chuck Hagel spoke at Columbia University, he didn’t reveal who he intended to vote for in the presidential election. But he did say that Barack Obama “probably will be” elected Read More
Conventional wisdom can be and often is wrong, especially when it comes to running-mate speculation.
Maybe you can remember back to 1992, when just about every wise man and woman opined on the supposed importance of Bill Clinton, then a 45-year-old Southern governor, balancing his ticket with a gray-haired Northerner. Clinton, of course, ignored them Read More
When word leaked late last week that Barack Obama would be joined on his upcoming visit to Iraq by Chuck Hagel, it set off an understandable round of Hagel-for-V.P. speculation. But the actual prospects of the Nebraska Republican joining the Democratic ticket can be summed up simply: a bold and brilliant idea that has just Read More
In some ways, Chuck Hagel’s dilemma mirrors the one that independent voters may find themselves confronting this fall.
On the one hand, Hagel harbors an enduring personal fondness for John McCain, his fellow Vietnam veteran and maverick Republican senator. “A good friend of mine—a dear friend, as a matter of fact” is how Hagel described Read More
Though the Democratic nomination has yet to be decided, Barack Obama and John McCain have begun acting very much as if the general election has already started, exchanging direct criticisms and sizing each other up. And, while neither has talked publicly about it at this early stage, both men are doubtless pondering the running-mate question. Read More
This weekend the New York Times reported a conversation with Chuck Hagel in which the Senator said he talked to Michael Bloomberg about an independent presidential ticket.
Today, Bloomberg denied that report.
"I never talked to him about being a candidate," the told reporters after a speech at the United Nations Read More
I’ve joined a bunch of New York reporters sitting in the audience right in front of Michael Bloomberg at the bipartisan panel at the University of Oklahoma this morning.
The media outlets here to cover the event include: CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight, The Los Angeles Times, Factcheck.org, Unite for Mike, Al Jazeera, Neo-Indypendents Read More
NORMAN, Okla.—I was one of a couple of reporters who got a chance to chat with Chuck Hagel last night as he left the house of former Senator David Boren’s house here ahead of a bipartisan conference on compromise in politics.
Hagel said that Americans “are going to have to break a very dangerous partisan Read More
Mike Bloomberg seems intent on not killing the speculation that he might mount an independent presidential campaign. And Chuck Hagel seems equally intent on stoking talk that he’s interested in a spot on a national ticket next year – especially one led by the mayor.