Skip to comments.Rumbling on the Right (Troubles For Chuck Hagel)
Posted on 06/29/2007 1:01:01 PM PDT by MplsSteve
For the past few months, Sen. Chuck Hagel, Republican of Nebraska, has flirted with the idea of running for president as an antiwar Republican. Now, however, that platform is threatening Hagels standing within his own state and party.
In a race that has received scant national attention, Jon Bruning, Nebraskas 38-year-old Republican attorney general, is challenging Hagels bid for re-election to the Senate--by attacking him from the right. Bruning charges that Hagels stance on Iraq, as well as his criticism of the president and members of his cabinet (see: Alberto Gonzales), put the incumbent out of touch with the majority of Nebraskans.
Nebraska is more conservative than the nation as a whole, Bruning told NEWSWEEK. Senator Hagel, however, has become more liberal. And for some reason he has an anger to George Bush that is not particularly productive.
How substantive a threat does Bruning pose? No reliable independent sounding has yet been taken. According to a poll recently commissioned by Brunings office, he finds himself 9 percentage points ahead of Hagel in a head-to-head contest.
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This article is the first public one I've seen indicating that Hagel may be facing a tough challenge next year.
I read the article over lunch today and I found it to be pretty fair and accurate. According to the article, "Hagel has voted with the president more than any other member of the U.S. Senate, according to a tally done by Congressional Quarterly."
Comments or opinions - anyone?
That describes many clowns on this forum.
Any remarks? I’m sure his stance on the Senate Immigration bill also cost him standing in Nebraska.
Hey, don’t call me unproductive!
Jon Bruning was interviewed on TGO’s show a week or two ago, and he was very impressive. Seems solidly conservative and very personable.
Political PING for you guys...
How did he vote on the Amnesty bill? If he voted for Amnesty, along w/ his other sins, I'd consider supporting his primary opponent.
I thought I was reading DU instead of FR this morning.
Fantastic! One RINO we don’t have to work so hard to oust.
He is a 'Kennedy' Republican.
Jeorge Bush’s anger over Conservative opposite to his liberal politics ISN’T particualary helpful, either,
-A non-Bush Bot.
He voted with Bush and Hairy Reid.
“Chuck Hagel’s antiwar stance could make him a serious Republican candidate for the White House in 2008...” Not. Consider the source of this: Newsweek. A wholly owned subsidiary of the Wash Post, whose reporters think any Republican who opposes the war is a sure bet. In their dreams. I feel like sending this Bruning guy some money. Hagel’s head has become so large he has trouble passing through doorways. Also, he voted for the immigration bill. So thumbs down on Hagel.
Hagel has gone from an ACU rating of 96 in 2005, to one of 75, in 2006
Thats a substantial turn left
What is going to p.o. everyone is when other Senate Republicans, even ones that we would think would not do so, will end up in Nebraska campaigning for Hagel. Liberal or not he is still a club member.
Hapless Hagel....Sad Sack Hagel...what a LOSER!!!
Well that’s what happens when one keeps running headlong into a brick wall that is the illegal alien issue.
George’s pissed off a lot of people with this latest immigration bill. I support the foreign policy to the end, but from the domestic perspective, only thing worse in my mind than the proposed immigration legislation is a prospect for socialist health care.
As did I.
“Hagel has voted with the president more than any other member of the U.S. Senate, according to a tally done by Congressional Quarterly.”
seriously. that doesn’t help, it may hurt.
2 , maybe 3, big issues later 1) Win Iraq; 2) Protect Borders 3) Rejuvenate and cleanse the parties (Overthrow corrupt senior political class in both parties_
hagel, and most all the other senior Reps will be in trouble on just 1 or 2 of the major issues, and other seniors will get caught in the undertow. overall voting records are useless, unless they regularly voted for all of Bush’s spending increases.
And you prove my point.
No, I act as if he is a human being and a fellow American and Christian deserving support and respect - even if I disagree with him.
I am glad the pseudoamnesty did not survive, but I'm not going to behave like a DUer because the President unwisely supported it.
They won’t if they have learned the lesson that GWB refused to learn,i.e. Chaffey, Specter, Tennet, Miers, Kennedy, et.al.
THAT is why Hagel and Bush see eye to eye! They're both liberals.
People tend to react with anger when they are suddenly kicked in the cajones.
By a man they trusted and fought for.
Just a natural response.
Hagel sickens me. I think he sickens nebraskans too. My uncle, who lives in nebraska, told me he thinks an old democrat comgressman from nebraska, Bob Kerry, is going to come back and take hagel’s seat from him.
The smart ones will distance themselves from the Rinoceruses.
Political darwinism will take care of the dumb ones.
He really helped Scotter Liddy,the border guards,while his Justice Dept. let Sandy Berger skate,what was that all about?
Agreed. I strongly disagree with President Bush on the illegal alien issue, but he still has my respect for his decisive handling of the Islamofascists in the wake of 9/11. If algore would’ve been President, he’d have been curled up in a corner in the fetal position for 3 weeks, muttering, “Daddy never said there’d be days like this..daddy never said there’d be days like this...”
How can you call us clowns? We don't approve of the things Bush has been doing to sell out America/Americans! Most of us were huge supporters of Bush, until he betrayed us! We're not saying anything about him that's not true!!
You are correct. I must admit though, that this name calling of the president doesn’t terribly upset me. I can’t quite energize myself to defend him anymore. But you are correct.
He’s running against Chuck Hagel (R-France)? Then I’m supporting him.
Well, he most certainly makes THIS Nebraskan sick. I intend to do anything and everything in my power to see Hagel thrown out of my state in disgrace.
It's not the disagreement with the President's mistakes that makes some here seem like clowns: it is the utter classlessness and puerility they display while expressing it.
I met a guy a few months ago who is one of Bruning’s best friends from college and still hangs out with him all the time. I asked him what he thought of Jon (keep in mind this was before he said he would run against Hagel). He said that Bruning is hands down the smartest guy he has ever met and has a genius IQ. He also said that he is still a great guy and pretty much the same guy he was when they met in college. He said that his political career has not affected him in the sense that he is not arrogant or completely focused on his image. He still hunts, golfs and watches football with Jon on a regular basis.
What stood out to me was that he said if you met Jon and didnt know he was a politician ahead of time, you would never be able to figure it out by talking to him. He is a small town kid from Nebraska who just happens to have a pretty cool job.
You’ve nailed it.
Have you heard anything about the rumor that ol’ bob kerry is coming out of retirement just to kick hagel in the a$$?
I'd love to see someone else run in his place.
W did more that support Amnesty. He DROVE the issue. Even Reid and Pelosi are doing what they can to help W here because the issue is a GIANT LIABILITY for Republicans going into an election year.
Not MINUTES passed after the last attempt at I.R. was thwarted that Pelosi was out blaming R’s for the existing situation.
When the time comes let us know how to donate to Bruning’s campaign.
Am I wrong or did not the president have some some strong comments about the people who were against amnesty, along with mesures Lott , Gramn and McCain. Wasn’t the racist tag thrown around? Seems like they were more than willing to throw us under the bus, but that’s just me.
That's not going to be very relevant, given that President Bush will be leaving office shortly after the new Congress convenes. In fact, it may just help Hagel at the polls. "I work well with Bush" and "my opponent doesn't get along with Bush" aren't going to give any campaign oomph in 2008.
I agree. I sent a lot of private replies to some of the most offensive ones trying to explain it was the Kennedy/McCain bill. Then Harry Reid changed it to the President’s bill. Bush just wanted an immigration bill (I did not agree with it either and did all the calls and messages to everyone I could think of to defeat the bill). The return offensive comments were even more offensive than the ones they posted. I was surprised to see that a lot of them were long time members of FR. Someone had a tag line quoting Thomas Jefferson “if you train the mind and do not teach morals you have created a menus to society”
What point: that I dislike Bush: SURE, but that it is undeserved: I would like to submit that most here don’t think so!
Comments or opinions? yeah, how can I send a contribution to Bruning?