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Rumbling on the Right (Troubles For Chuck Hagel)
MSNBC/Newsweek ^ | 6/28/07 | Sam Stein - Staff Reporter

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 Hagel’s standing within his own state and party.

In a race that has received scant national attention, Jon Bruning, Nebraska’s 38-year-old Republican attorney general, is challenging Hagel’s bid for re-election to the Senate--by attacking him from the right. Bruning charges that Hagel’s 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 Bruning’s office, he finds himself 9 percentage points ahead of Hagel in a head-to-head contest.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: chuckhagel; electioncongress; hagel; illegalimmigration; primaryelection; sellouts; ussenate; vampirebill
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I think we all have not-so-positive feeling towards Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Grandstanding).

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?

1 posted on 06/29/2007 1:01:03 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve
And for some reason he has an anger to George Bush that is not particularly productive.

That describes many clowns on this forum.

2 posted on 06/29/2007 1:03:03 PM PDT by wideawake ("Pearl Harbor is America's fault, right, Mommy?" - Ron Paul, age 6, 12/7/1941)
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To: franksolich

Frank:

Any remarks? I’m sure his stance on the Senate Immigration bill also cost him standing in Nebraska.


3 posted on 06/29/2007 1:04:15 PM PDT by bcsco ("The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration.")
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To: wideawake

Hey, don’t call me unproductive!


4 posted on 06/29/2007 1:04:42 PM PDT by Holicheese (Zap Razdowler Rules!)
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To: MplsSteve

Jon Bruning was interviewed on TGO’s show a week or two ago, and he was very impressive. Seems solidly conservative and very personable.


5 posted on 06/29/2007 1:04:44 PM PDT by American Quilter (Where's the fence????)
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; goldstategop

Political PING for you guys...


6 posted on 06/29/2007 1:06:04 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve
I am all for replacing incumbents.
7 posted on 06/29/2007 1:06:13 PM PDT by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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To: wideawake
He's every liberal networks favorite Republican - first they can have some big mouth liberal Dem bash Bush for 10 minutes, then, for "balance", Chuck Hagel comes on and bashes him for 10 minutes. This is how to get lots of air-time if you are a Republican!

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.

8 posted on 06/29/2007 1:06:51 PM PDT by Jack Black
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To: wideawake

I thought I was reading DU instead of FR this morning.


9 posted on 06/29/2007 1:07:17 PM PDT by Republican Red (The word "courage" is not in the liberal vocabulary)
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To: MplsSteve

Fantastic! One RINO we don’t have to work so hard to oust.


10 posted on 06/29/2007 1:07:31 PM PDT by publana (Build the fence!)
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To: MplsSteve
Love to see Hagel go.

He is a 'Kennedy' Republican.

11 posted on 06/29/2007 1:07:49 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (We must beat the Democrats or the country will be ruined! - Lincoln)
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To: wideawake

Jeorge Bush’s anger over Conservative opposite to his liberal politics ISN’T particualary helpful, either,

-A non-Bush Bot.


12 posted on 06/29/2007 1:08:58 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Republicans if the don't beware ARE the new WHIGS! (all empty hairpieces..) :).)
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To: Jack Black

He voted with Bush and Hairy Reid.


13 posted on 06/29/2007 1:09:08 PM PDT by publana (Build the fence!)
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To: wideawake

“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.


14 posted on 06/29/2007 1:09:21 PM PDT by 3AngelaD (They screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, and now they're here screwing up ours)
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To: MplsSteve

Hagel has gone from an ACU rating of 96 in 2005, to one of 75, in 2006

Thats a substantial turn left


15 posted on 06/29/2007 1:10:18 PM PDT by digger48
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To: All

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.


16 posted on 06/29/2007 1:11:20 PM PDT by WillVoteForFood
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To: MplsSteve

Hapless Hagel....Sad Sack Hagel...what a LOSER!!!


17 posted on 06/29/2007 1:11:34 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy
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To: wideawake
That describes many clowns on this forum.

George Bush worked very hard for 6 years to earn the ire of many of his most dedicated supporters. And it is very sad and frustrating to most of us who take no pleasure whatsoever in being displeased with the President we loved and admired.

You act as if he has been perfect and has done nothing wrong and all of a sudden people just decided to be angry with him.
18 posted on 06/29/2007 1:11:34 PM PDT by elizabetty (Perpetual Candidate using campaign donations for your salary - Its a good gig if you can get it.)
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To: Republican Red

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.


19 posted on 06/29/2007 1:11:44 PM PDT by farlander (Try not to wear milk bone underwear - it's a dog eat dog financial world)
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To: Republican Red
I thought I was reading DU instead of FR this morning.

As did I.

20 posted on 06/29/2007 1:13:59 PM PDT by wideawake ("Pearl Harbor is America's fault, right, Mommy?" - Ron Paul, age 6, 12/7/1941)
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To: MplsSteve

“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.


21 posted on 06/29/2007 1:14:15 PM PDT by Mark Felton ("Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom...though it cost all you have get understanding" - Prov. 4)
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To: JSDude1

And you prove my point.


22 posted on 06/29/2007 1:14:25 PM PDT by wideawake ("Pearl Harbor is America's fault, right, Mommy?" - Ron Paul, age 6, 12/7/1941)
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To: elizabetty
You act as if he has been perfect

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.

23 posted on 06/29/2007 1:16:40 PM PDT by wideawake ("Pearl Harbor is America's fault, right, Mommy?" - Ron Paul, age 6, 12/7/1941)
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To: farlander
The President being called “chimpy” on this forum is unacceptable to me in any circumstance. The fact that other posters supported the statement was appalling. I don’t care what the issue is you disagree with the President about, this type of name calling is DU-like and becoming more and more prevalent on FR
24 posted on 06/29/2007 1:16:50 PM PDT by Republican Red (The word "courage" is not in the liberal vocabulary)
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To: WillVoteForFood

They won’t if they have learned the lesson that GWB refused to learn,i.e. Chaffey, Specter, Tennet, Miers, Kennedy, et.al.


25 posted on 06/29/2007 1:17:31 PM PDT by em2vn
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To: MplsSteve
“Nebraska is more conservative than the nation as a whole,” Bruning told NEWSWEEK. “Senator Hagel, however, has become more liberal.

THAT is why Hagel and Bush see eye to eye! They're both liberals.

26 posted on 06/29/2007 1:22:38 PM PDT by NRA2BFree ("The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves!")
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To: Republican Red; wideawake
I'll say it again:

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.

27 posted on 06/29/2007 1:22:40 PM PDT by The Blitherer (What would a Free Man do?)
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To: MplsSteve

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.


28 posted on 06/29/2007 1:24:36 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: WillVoteForFood

The smart ones will distance themselves from the Rinoceruses.

Political darwinism will take care of the dumb ones.


29 posted on 06/29/2007 1:24:40 PM PDT by adm5 (Courtesy of the Fred, White & Blue.)
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To: Republican Red

He really helped Scotter Liddy,the border guards,while his Justice Dept. let Sandy Berger skate,what was that all about?


30 posted on 06/29/2007 1:24:44 PM PDT by Antique Gal (Build the Damn Fence !!!!)
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To: Republican Red

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...”


31 posted on 06/29/2007 1:26:56 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople
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To: wideawake
That describes many clowns on this forum.

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!!

32 posted on 06/29/2007 1:30:23 PM PDT by NRA2BFree ("The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves!")
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To: Republican Red

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.


33 posted on 06/29/2007 1:31:27 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Republican Red
President Bush has had to take that kind of low cr@p since day one. Even 9/11 didn’t stop the hardcore BDS sufferers.
So, now we have stood together and opposed a man that we have all staunchly supported. Who said that would be easy?
I will never forget the courage of GWB through these years of no good will from the rest of the world. I think there is good will for our President here, but for his amnesty plan...NO WAY! The disrespect is what needs to stop.
34 posted on 06/29/2007 1:32:42 PM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: MplsSteve

He’s running against Chuck Hagel (R-France)? Then I’m supporting him.


35 posted on 06/29/2007 1:33:32 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (The hunt for Fred November)
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To: mamelukesabre
Hagel sickens me. I think he sickens nebraskans too.

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.

36 posted on 06/29/2007 1:34:26 PM PDT by RepRivFarm
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To: NRA2BFree
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!!

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.

37 posted on 06/29/2007 1:35:56 PM PDT by wideawake ("Pearl Harbor is America's fault, right, Mommy?" - Ron Paul, age 6, 12/7/1941)
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To: American Quilter

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.


38 posted on 06/29/2007 1:36:18 PM PDT by Big Red Clay (Greetings from the Big Red State)
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To: farlander

You’ve nailed it.


39 posted on 06/29/2007 1:36:51 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: RepRivFarm

Have you heard anything about the rumor that ol’ bob kerry is coming out of retirement just to kick hagel in the a$$?


40 posted on 06/29/2007 1:41:47 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: MplsSteve

RINO-dont-let-the-door-hit-you-in-the-behind BTTT...


41 posted on 06/29/2007 1:41:56 PM PDT by Ogie Oglethorpe (2nd Amendment - the reboot button on the U.S. Constitution)
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To: MplsSteve
Comments or opinions - anyone?

I'd love to see someone else run in his place.

42 posted on 06/29/2007 1:46:22 PM PDT by syriacus (If the US troops had remained in S. Korea in 1949, there would have been no Korean War (1950-53).)
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To: wideawake

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.


43 posted on 06/29/2007 1:46:32 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: syriacus

http://www.jonbruning.com


44 posted on 06/29/2007 1:48:18 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

When the time comes let us know how to donate to Bruning’s campaign.


45 posted on 06/29/2007 1:48:31 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: Republican Red

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.


46 posted on 06/29/2007 1:50:14 PM PDT by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: MplsSteve
“And for some reason he has an anger to George Bush that is not particularly productive.”

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.

47 posted on 06/29/2007 1:50:58 PM PDT by x
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To: Republican Red

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”


48 posted on 06/29/2007 1:52:00 PM PDT by gorgeman (gorgeman)
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To: wideawake

What point: that I dislike Bush: SURE, but that it is undeserved: I would like to submit that most here don’t think so!


49 posted on 06/29/2007 1:54:30 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Republicans if the don't beware ARE the new WHIGS! (all empty hairpieces..) :).)
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To: MplsSteve

Comments or opinions? yeah, how can I send a contribution to Bruning?


50 posted on 06/29/2007 1:54:49 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Brian J. Marotta, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub, (1948-2007) Rest In Peace, our FRiend)
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