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An Anxious Nation Holds Its Breath - Day 15 [Hagel for President?]
WSJ.com Opinion Journal e-mail | 26 Mar 2007 | James Taranto

Posted on 03/26/2007 11:50:28 AM PDT by seanmerc

Is America worthy of being presided over by Chuck Hagel? That's the question Chuck Hagel is pondering, and he has promised to get back to us with an answer no later than March 17, 2008--just 357 days from today. Earlier, of course, Chuck Hagel promised us an answer by March 17, 2007--but it turned out he wasn't ready to commit one way or another. That's OK, though. We're not going to rush Chuck Hagel. Chuck Hagel needs his space.

Yesterday was the first Sunday of springtime. We spent the morning fast asleep. Maybe you were in church, or hanging out with friends, or spending some quality time with your family. Not Chuck Hagel. Country's calling now, and yesterday Chuck Hagel answered the summons by appearing on "This Week With George Stephanopoulos." The dutiful scribes of the Associated Press recorded Chuck Hagel's words of wisdom:

Hagel of Nebraska, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a frequent critic of the war, stopped short of calling for Bush's impeachment. But he made clear that some lawmakers viewed that as an option should Bush choose to push ahead despite public sentiment against the war.

Chuck Hagel doesn't favor impeaching the president. Chuck Hagel has been through one presidential impeachment (he voted "guilty" on both counts), and he knows how traumatic that is for the country. But some lawmakers see impeachment as an option, and it is Chuck Hagel's solemn duty to give voice to the voiceless.

Think about it. Suppose you think President Bush should be impeached. What can you do about it? Zero, zip, zilch. After all, you're just some lawmaker! Stephanopoulos won't have any old lawmaker on his show, and don't even get us started about Russert. Sure, in theory you could go the floor of Congress and deliver a speech on C-Span. But that would be presumptuous. Anyway, who cares what some lawmaker thinks?

Chuck Hagel cares. Chuck Hagel is willing to sacrifice his weekends to speak out on behalf of the men and women who toil in the capital, anonymously and silently, making the nation's laws. Some lawmakers are doubtless very grateful to Chuck Hagel. But here is a question that should prompt some soul-searching from all of us: What has America ever done to deserve Chuck Hagel?


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: Nebraska; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: chuckhagel; dork; getagripnebraska; hagel; hagelforpresident; rino
Classic!!!
1 posted on 03/26/2007 11:50:30 AM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

I think I speak for the bulk of FR when I say HAGEL...MY BARE REAR END!


2 posted on 03/26/2007 11:54:13 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: seanmerc
Imagine the percentage of Hagel's brain that has to be devoted to pure ego.

I'm sure he must have lip-prints all over the mirror in his personal dressing room.

3 posted on 03/26/2007 11:54:39 AM PDT by capt. norm (Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.)
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To: seanmerc

Let me answer the question - Chuck Hagel, President - Not no but Heeeeeeellllllll No! Never!


4 posted on 03/26/2007 11:55:11 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: seanmerc
Chuck Hagel is a uniter, why he has united rudybots and rudyhaters together in common loathing! A peacemaker he is!
5 posted on 03/26/2007 11:56:01 AM PDT by spikeytx86 (Pray for Democrats for they have been brainwashed by their fruity little club.)
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To: seanmerc

Does anyone really like Chuck Hagel?


6 posted on 03/26/2007 11:56:33 AM PDT by what's up
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To: seanmerc

Building him up again I see.


7 posted on 03/26/2007 11:56:49 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity)
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To: seanmerc
I don't deserve Chuck Hagel. None of us deserves Chuck Hagel. Please God don't let Chuck Hagel fool himself into believing that any of us deserve Chuck Hagel!
8 posted on 03/26/2007 11:56:51 AM PDT by rockrr (Never argue with a man who buys ammo in bulk...)
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To: seanmerc

Funny! Thanks for posting it.


9 posted on 03/26/2007 11:57:00 AM PDT by American Quilter (Support our troops at the Fort Carson rally on Saturday, April 7th!)
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To: seanmerc

Hagel for president?

ROFL!

He might get the Dem nomination.


10 posted on 03/26/2007 11:57:11 AM PDT by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: seanmerc

Hagel=faggot


11 posted on 03/26/2007 11:58:29 AM PDT by demsux
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To: seanmerc
Turnout at Hagel's latest campaign get-together:


12 posted on 03/26/2007 11:58:30 AM PDT by RockinRight (Support FREDeralism. Fred Thompson in 2008!)
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To: domenad

I suspect many of us would vote for your bare rear end before we'd vote for Hagel.


13 posted on 03/26/2007 12:00:07 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: domenad

P.S. No pictures, please!


14 posted on 03/26/2007 12:00:44 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

I hold my breath whenever I hear the name "Chuck Hagel," but it isn't because of any anxiousness or anticipation.


15 posted on 03/26/2007 12:00:56 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (Fred Thompson 2008)
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To: seanmerc

Dammit. You were five seconds from me posting "Well you haven't seen my rear end, and you need to be informed as a voter."


16 posted on 03/26/2007 12:01:34 PM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: domenad

You have to be quick! :-)


17 posted on 03/26/2007 12:02:19 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: spikeytx86
A peacemaker he is!

{Yoda}

Sense you make. Communicator are you.

{/Yoda}

;-)

18 posted on 03/26/2007 12:03:10 PM PDT by pgyanke (RUDY GIULIANI 2008 - BECAUSE IF YOU'RE GOING TO COMPROMISE YOUR PRINCIPLES ANYWAY... WHY WAIT?)
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To: what's up
Does anyone really like Chuck Hagel?

To borrow an old joke, no one thinks more highly of Hagel than I do, and I think he’s an infernal scoundrel.

19 posted on 03/26/2007 12:05:06 PM PDT by dighton
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To: dighton

Why do you want to insult infernal scoundrels like that? What did they ever do to you?


20 posted on 03/26/2007 12:07:00 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc
Waiting for April 1st for the announcement.
21 posted on 03/26/2007 12:08:00 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: what's up
Does anyone really like Chuck Hagel?

Yea, but only one...Chuck Hagel.

22 posted on 03/26/2007 12:08:22 PM PDT by econjack
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To: seanmerc

"Is America worthy of being presided over by Chuck Hagel?"

We were always taught was the man worthy of the position.

Hagel is a no.


23 posted on 03/26/2007 12:09:01 PM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: RockinRight
Careful! If you pan to the left, you see Cindy Sheehan there signing books.
24 posted on 03/26/2007 12:10:27 PM PDT by econjack
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To: seanmerc
Why do you want to insult infernal scoundrels like that? What did they ever do to you?
In the Australian House of Representatives last month, opposition member Julia Gillard interrupted a speech by the minister of health thusly: “I move that that sniveling grub over there be not further heard.”

For that, the good woman was ordered removed from the House, if only for a day. She might have escaped that little time-out if she had responded to the speaker’s demand for an apology with something other than “If I have offended grubs, I withdraw unconditionally.”

Charles Krauthammer.


25 posted on 03/26/2007 12:11:18 PM PDT by dighton
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To: seanmerc

In a nutshell, Chuck Hagel is a dumbass.


26 posted on 03/26/2007 12:11:47 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: seanmerc
An Anxious Nation Holds Its Breath ...

Yeah, I'm holding my breath because Hagel stinks!

27 posted on 03/26/2007 12:14:11 PM PDT by matt1234
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To: domenad

If my choice was Hagel and a write-in, I would write in "domenad's bare rear end".


28 posted on 03/26/2007 12:14:44 PM PDT by alarm rider (Why should I not vote my conscience?)
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To: alarm rider
Speaking of rear ends...
29 posted on 03/26/2007 12:17:20 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

When voters go to the polls on Nov. 4,2008, the number one issue will undoubtedly be whether or not to impeach George Bush. I think Mr. Hagel deserves an attaboy for bringing this to the forefront.


30 posted on 03/26/2007 12:21:16 PM PDT by Ieatfrijoles (Incinerate Riyadh Now.(Request shot splash))
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To: seanmerc

Holy cow, that's just so wrong. I could never vote for the face let alone the rear end. I can't even think of the rear end....


31 posted on 03/26/2007 12:24:15 PM PDT by alarm rider (Why should I not vote my conscience?)
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To: seanmerc
Is America worthy of being presided over by Chuck Hagel?

No, nor is it deserving of such a fate.

32 posted on 03/26/2007 12:26:41 PM PDT by mombonn (God is looking for spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.)
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To: seanmerc
What has America ever done to deserve Chuck Hagel?

LOL. For some reason, this article brought these folks to mind:


REPENT!!!

33 posted on 03/26/2007 12:33:25 PM PDT by M203M4 ("More guns" is often a very good answer.)
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To: alarm rider

Should've clarified. My post was a reference to the eerie similarity in the appearance of the face as compared to your average run-of-the-mill rear end.


34 posted on 03/26/2007 12:36:09 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

Chuck who?


35 posted on 03/26/2007 12:44:18 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (McCain / Feingold - 2008 ... "Shut Up or Go To Prison")
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To: seanmerc
Chuck Hagel is willing to sacrifice his weekends to speak out on behalf of the men and women who toil in the capital, anonymously and silently, making the nation's laws.

I thought all the Sunday talk shows were recorded on Friday, unless they advertise themselves as LIVE.

36 posted on 03/26/2007 1:09:02 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: what's up
Does anyone really like Chuck Hagel?

Yes. In addition to Chuck Hagel himself, the Iranians, the Palestinians, and Jimmy Carter like Chuck Hagel.

37 posted on 03/26/2007 1:55:43 PM PDT by BusterBear
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To: BusterBear

Hagel/Feingold.....a winning ticket if ive ever heard one.


38 posted on 03/26/2007 2:23:23 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: BusterBear
Yes. In addition to Chuck Hagel himself, the Iranians, the Palestinians, and Jimmy Carter like Chuck Hagel.

Evidently Nebraskans like Chuck.

Although in truth, the Nebraska football fans I've seen and known seem much too classy to be voting for Hagel.

39 posted on 03/26/2007 3:30:42 PM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: what's up

The illegal alien lobby loves Mr. Amnesty Chuck Hagel.


40 posted on 03/26/2007 4:45:41 PM PDT by Rosemont (Isn't it ironic that Pelosi uses pork to help the Islamists.)
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