Maverick Republican senator Chuck Hagel raised his criticisms of the Bush White House to a new level in New York yesterday, holding open the possibility that he could serve in a future Democratic administration or even run on a presidential ticket headed by a Democrat.
Mr. Hagel, who has become increasingly estranged from his party Read More
Chuck Hagel may have announced his retirement from politics on Monday, but he didn’t quite foreclose the possibility of running for another office. The dream of a Bloomberg-Hagel presidential ticket next year, as far as the Senator is concerned, is very much alive.
“I will not seek a third term in the United States Senate,” Read More
It looks like Bob Kerrey, the New School’s President since 2001, has backed off just a little from his earlier statements that he wouldn’t head back to Nebraska to run for the Senate next year.
This means several things:
1) Chuck Hagel is not running for re-election: Kerrey, who represented Nebraska Read More
Toward the end of his appearance on yesterday morning’s “Meet the Press,” Chuck Hagel was asked to opine on President Bush’s commutation of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s 30-month prison sentence for lying to FBI investigators and to a grand jury.
“I was disappointed,” the Nebraska Republican said. “It was not the right decision in Read More
You can probably dismiss Chuck Hagel as a Presidential prospect. The Nebraska Republican, a media darling but a Bush administration enemy thanks to his blunt criticisms of the war, faces a loose, self-imposed end-of-the-summer deadline to declare whether he’ll seek the White House next year.
It’s increasingly difficult to see how he could possibly Read More
Michael Bloomberg, a Democrat-turned-Republican who was at one point one of the single biggest contributors anywhere to Republican candidates, told reporters in Albany today that he has no plans to endorse any candidate for President in the primary or general election in 2008.
“I represent the city and my guess would be that I Read More
I’ve noticed some antiwar politicians describing the terrorism in Iraq as “political” in character. Chuck Hagel has said this. So has Dick Durbin. This is important: they are saying that the terrorism is not based on fanaticism but on feelings of disfranchisement surrounding the emerging Iraqi polity (whatever that is). This idea places them in Read More
The effort to marginalize Chuck Hagel for saying fairminded things about Israel/Palestine is really among the most hateful/disastrous aspects of the Israel lobby’s effect in this country. So let’s connect the dots.
Note that on the Haaretz panel that is trying to sideline Hagel, one of the “experts” is Dore Gold, a former Israeli Read More
Ha’aretz’s Shmuel Rosner has gathered a panel to rate American presidential candidates on a scale of 1 to 10 on whether they are good (10) or bad (1) for Israel. No surprise that Hillary and Rudy Giuliani are near the top. Something of a surprise that Barack Obama (4.88) and Chuck Hagel (5.38) are Read More