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Chuck Hagel, MoveOn.org Republican.

Back in February, I profiled Chuck Hagel's presidential chances.

I'd like to think that I gave him a fair shake. I even urged conservatives not to knee-jerkedly rule Hagel out, given his consistently staunch conservative record over the years.

Well, after this week, you can pretty much rule Chuck Hagel out, because, whether he likes it or not, Hagel has become a MoveOn.org Republican. Senator Hagel is damaged goods among GOP primary voters.

Front-and-center in its "let's cut and run" attack ad against the Commander-in-Chief, MoveOn.org proudly showcased the inflammatory comments of Hagel:
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National Review's Eric Pfeiffer explains just how bad this is, politically, for Hagel:

As he ponders a 2008 presidential campaign, Hagel should be aware that '08 watchers are paying attention. Hagel would better serve his own interests and those of his party by keeping his criticisms fair and reiterating the support he claims to have for U.S. forces and the push for democracy in Iraq.

As I noted back in February, Chuck Hagel's "...2008 hopes rest on the failure of the mission in Iraq. Like so many Democrats over the past few years, for Hagel, bad news for the country is good news for his career."

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Stick a fork in Chuck Hagel's 2008 chances, because he is done.

Will Franklin regularly classes up the blogosphere, at WILLisms.com.


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Comments (14)

Actually, it would seem lik... (Below threshold)
whocares:

Actually, it would seem like the repugnantcans would be making a big mistake to rule him out. Considering that a growing majority of the population is starting to hate the repugnantcan scum that have tried to pass as political figures(except for you guys and gals in your cute little bubble), he has a better chance of getting some extra votes. And trust me, since you can't seem to judge very well how people are thinking though the information is right in front of you, you're going to need every vote you can get.

"repugnantcans" is a new on... (Below threshold)

"repugnantcans" is a new one to me. Clever!

Not.

Neither is moonbat, but I'm... (Below threshold)
whocares:

Neither is moonbat, but I'm sure that doesn't bother you in the slightest. Moonbat is so much cooler by the way. I have to really thank whoever coined that phrase.

Fun to see you here at Wizb... (Below threshold)
a4g:

Fun to see you here at Wizbang, Will.

Although I think you were being overly conservative waiting to pronounce Hagel dead in the water until now. A dour contrarian is never going to excite the electorate.

I like hearing trolls like ... (Below threshold)

I like hearing trolls like 'whocares' tell me what everyone is thinking and how many votes we'll need. Coming from the party who's got their asses handed to them for the better part of a decade, I think we're ok here.

Actually, I never said ever... (Below threshold)
whocares:

Actually, I never said everybody. I was happy to exclude you guys from the more rational of us. I can't be the only one who has seen the approval rating for everything republican go down the shit hole? What do you think we are going to think about your next jerk for a candidate, maybe they'll do better this time? You think your party has an ounce of credibility with us still?

Considering that a growi... (Below threshold)
capitano:

Considering that a growing majority of the population is starting to hate the repugnantcan scum....

Hmmmm. I just read something about that recently, oh yeah, here.


A poll on the political mood in the United States conducted by the Democratic Party has alarmed the party at its own loss of popularity.

Conducted by the party-affiliated Democracy Corps, the poll indicated 43 percent of voters favored the Republican Party, while 38 percent had positive feelings about Democrats.

"Republicans weakened in this poll ... but it shows Democrats weakening more," said Stanley Greenberg, who served as President Clinton's pollster.

Greenberg told the Christian Science Monitor he attributes the slippage to voters' perceptions that Democrats have "no core set of convictions or point of view."

Hagel was always the candid... (Below threshold)

Hagel was always the candidate whose only shot was if GOP primary voters got disenchanted with the Iraq war and wanted a guy who was dissasociated from it. He may still have that shot, but it remains a long shot. Plus being too vocal will build the grudge against him.

'whocares', you need to acc... (Below threshold)

'whocares', you need to accept the fact that we don't care what you and like-minded folks like you think about the candidates we put up. You (being stark-raving moonbats - since you like that term) probably represent less than 10-15% of the electorate, if that much.

I hate to interrupt the par... (Below threshold)

I hate to interrupt the partisan sniping, but are y'all aware that before the ad was even released, Hagel demanded that Move On pull it because they misrepresented his statements?

Bitch about Hagel all you want, but he deserves credit for disavowing Move On and their message. That's more than the Democrats have ever done.

Jeff are we destined to dis... (Below threshold)

Jeff are we destined to disagree on everything...hehe. Man drinks are on me if we ever get a chance to meet.

Chuck Hagel is a hack trying to gain some traction with the wing of the Republican Party that may be against the war in Iraq for a variety of reasons. I have a problem with that since his speeches tend to undermine our efforts over there tremendously and that adversely affects our soldiers.

I bet you are wondering where we disagree? I don't think that him distancing himself from MoveOn was that laudable since he isnt trying to appeal to the Dean Wing of the Dems, he is trying to appeal to the Zell Miller wing of the Dems.

I think that trying to score political points during a war is distasteful.

Pierre Legrand

I elaborated on my point in... (Below threshold)

I elaborated on my point in my blog post, which is tracked-back above. Not being from Nebraska, I neither know nor care much about Chuck Hagel. But I think there's a lot to be said about the difference between the way Hagel responded to Move On and the way other pawns of the hard left (like Richard Clarke) responded.

And if you don't like politics, you picked the wrong thing to blog about. It's how we do business in a democracy. Hating politics in the United States is like being a bartender who hates cocktail napkins.

As usual Will, you are the ... (Below threshold)

As usual Will, you are the G-Fizzle.

I missed the part where I s... (Below threshold)

I missed the part where I said I hated politics.

I love politics, been at it all of my adult life. Chuck Hagel shouldn't be playing politics with our war on terror. Clearly that is what he is doing. Because if he actually believes that manure he is throwing around then he is plainly an idiot.

Pierre

And if you don't like politics, you picked the wrong thing to blog about. It's how we do business in a democracy. Hating politics in the United States is like being a bartender who hates cocktail napkins.




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