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Hagel: Rush Has No Answers
Newsbusters ^ | November 18, 2008 | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 11/18/2008 6:50:56 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative

Door, meet Hagel.

That's how many Republicans are likely to react after retiring Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel blasted Republicans in general and Rush Limbaugh in particular, claiming Rush and fellow conservative talkers "don't have any answers."

David Shuster, subbing for Olbermann on tonight's Countdown, highlighted Hagel's remarks of today.

View video here.

After rolling tape of two Republican senators looking on the bright side, Shuster quoted at length from Hagel, whose name had been bandied about as a possible Obama VP pick.

SHUSTER: Not all of the GOP is so sunny about their party. Retiring Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska took some time at a forum at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies to analyze just how the Republicans ended up in their current predicament.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: chuckhagel; hagel; rino; rush; rushlimbaugh; talkradio; vichyrepublican
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1 posted on 11/18/2008 6:50:57 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: St. Louis Conservative
They say that many men suffer some serious shrinkage of their brain tissues as they age.

Hagel gives me the idea that he's competing for top end in that department.

2 posted on 11/18/2008 6:56:25 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Door meet Hagel.


3 posted on 11/18/2008 6:56:32 PM PST by golfisnr1 (Democrats are like roaches - hard to get rid of.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Good riddance to that RINO! Now he's telling how he really feels! I'm glad he isn't the Senate anymore.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

4 posted on 11/18/2008 6:57:16 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Rush Limbaugh and other conservative talkers are just that-talkers-you on the other hand Senator are expected to have “the answers”-neither you or the other 99 idiots that sit in that chamber do. Your “answers” have gotten this country into the mess that we now find ourselves. Thanks, thanks alot.


5 posted on 11/18/2008 6:57:54 PM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: golfisnr1

Nothing novel here. Another dang democrap harping about repubs. Good riddance to the fencepost.


6 posted on 11/18/2008 6:59:10 PM PST by petertare (--)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Screw off Hagel! We never liked you! Later RINO!


7 posted on 11/18/2008 7:00:13 PM PST by CommieCutter (The BHO BC issue is like the Loch Ness monster; there's photos, witnesses, and stories.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Ya, congresscritters have all the answers....right....


8 posted on 11/18/2008 7:00:34 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: St. Louis Conservative

The RINOS are going to be an endangered species soon...they just haven’t gotten the memo yet.


9 posted on 11/18/2008 7:00:35 PM PST by TheConservativeParty ("Those guys are jerks!" Saracuda)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Hagel is this years Lincoln Chafee. In four years he will be publically supporting the Dim nominee as he probably has been doing in private for years.


10 posted on 11/18/2008 7:00:48 PM PST by JLS (Do you really want change being two guys from the majority of Congress with a 9% approval rating?)
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To: petertare

Nebraska GOP had already told him to hit the Door.


11 posted on 11/18/2008 7:01:02 PM PST by scooby321
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To: St. Louis Conservative

As much as I hate Hagel. Rush has been a very BIG disappointment for several years now. Since about the time he was caught using drugs he has constantly been wrong about most of his predictions.

A few months before the election he was predicting a Mccain landslide. Whenever he is wrong about something, he conveniently spins the facts to try to make himself look more powerful than he is.

The fact is Rush is not a factor in politics. He might be able to control a few on the right who need his guidance before they can do anything. But if he really had any power.
Bill Clinton or Obama would never have been elected.

I think the media and those on the left (along with those on the right) think Rush has more power than he actually does, and Rush loves it.

I’ll stick to Savage Nation and others.


12 posted on 11/18/2008 7:01:51 PM PST by JoeThePainter
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Chuck Hagel, squeezing out the bitter vintage of a veritable vineyard of sour grapes-- from a loser against a winner. Hagels's repeated gestures at floating a presidential bid of his own were met with resounding and embarassing silence. Rush has 20 million loyal "voters" a politician would die for.
13 posted on 11/18/2008 7:03:47 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: JLS

At least we got a decent conservative elected in his place.


14 posted on 11/18/2008 7:04:33 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: JLS

That Vichy Republican pretty much endorsed Obamao.

Of course for folks like Hagel, actually listening to the American People is unthinkable..


15 posted on 11/18/2008 7:04:38 PM PST by padre35 (Conservative in Exile...Rom 10.10..)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Asking a poster child rino like Hagel to explain why the republican party is losing support is like asking Barney Frank why the economy is going down the tubes. Why does the media look for answers from the very politicians who started the problem and refuse to admit they started the problem? The real reason is insidious but simple, they don’t want the public to know the truth because they want to see conservative america silenced.


16 posted on 11/18/2008 7:05:19 PM PST by messierhunter
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To: JoeThePainter

The MSM is obviously not dead. Sure newspaper sales are down, but we know who won the propaganda war and it wasn’t talk radio. I guess we live (hopefully) to fight another day.


17 posted on 11/18/2008 7:06:18 PM PST by CommieCutter (The BHO BC issue is like the Loch Ness monster; there's photos, witnesses, and stories.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

And if 0 proves to be un-qualified to screw the constitution, he’ll be heartbroken, I bet. Screw this pig.


18 posted on 11/18/2008 7:07:40 PM PST by Waco ( Crapa democrat)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Posted seven minutes earlier.
19 posted on 11/18/2008 7:07:59 PM PST by Steely Tom (RKBA: last line of defense against vote fraud)
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To: padre35

His wife did endorse Obama and he came as close as you could without actually endorsing him. He hasn’t been a Republican in years IMHO.


20 posted on 11/18/2008 7:08:40 PM PST by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER LetsGetThisRight.com RED STATE Oklahoma Republican)
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To: Steely Tom

Damn. I wanted to be the first!


21 posted on 11/18/2008 7:09:03 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Maybe Hagel is asking the wrong questions...


22 posted on 11/18/2008 7:10:15 PM PST by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: St. Louis Conservative

For all the Freepers over the last decade who have told us we need to support RINOs to widen the party base - Hagel is the perfect example of what you get. Backstabbing lying vermin.

Chaffee, Hagel, McCain, Specter, Snow, Powell, et. al.. can rot in hell. Never be fooled again.


23 posted on 11/18/2008 7:11:11 PM PST by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Hagel only confirms the GOP is increasingly becoming more socialistic to expand the voter base. The result is the two parties are merging into one big Republicrat party.


24 posted on 11/18/2008 7:13:51 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: JoeThePainter

“I’ll stick to Savage Nation and others.’

Well, now theres a guy with a lot of power.


25 posted on 11/18/2008 7:14:07 PM PST by John W (Voters were more afraid of losing their money than losing their souls.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Door, meet Hagel.

Finally a sunshiny day after the storm.

26 posted on 11/18/2008 7:15:31 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: JoeThePainter

“I’ll stick to Savage Nation...”
LOL.Joe, you were sounding quite coherent and persuasive right up to that point.
Weiner is a schizo bedbug who should be under observation at Bellevue.


27 posted on 11/18/2008 7:17:06 PM PST by Carl LaFong (I'm Sarah Palin)
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To: RepublitarianRoger2
Maybe Hagel is asking the wrong questions...

Wouldn't that make him stupid?

28 posted on 11/18/2008 7:17:30 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: TheConservativeParty

Expand RINO’s to include all Republicans, and your sentence will be more accurate.


29 posted on 11/18/2008 7:18:13 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (Conservatives obey the rules. Leftists cheat. Who probably has the political advantage?)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Chuck, behold your team's victory!

30 posted on 11/18/2008 7:18:26 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Just an another example of why people who dare to promote the theory that an “R” is worth stomaching these people are fools. I’d rather be down to 10 seats in the Senate all conservatives and have the ability to have a fresh start with good people then suffer anymore like him, McCain, Stevens or any other RINO out there. Some call it a purging. I call it cleansing. THEN we rebuild. Though if possible doing both at the same time is preferable.


31 posted on 11/18/2008 7:20:17 PM PST by Soul Seeker (Gov. Sarah Palin '08 -- President Sarah Palin '12)
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To: JoeThePainter
A few months before the election he (Rush) was predicting a Mccain landslide.

Ironically, so were you........

I predict MCCAIN will win by landslide. (11/04/08)

32 posted on 11/18/2008 7:24:21 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Nebraska, Hagels successor. But be sure that Hagel will remain a favorite of the MSM.


33 posted on 11/18/2008 7:27:23 PM PST by Malesherbes (Sauve Qui Peut)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

RUSH on Greta FNC (Maybe) in two minutes.


34 posted on 11/18/2008 7:30:05 PM PST by eyedigress ( My first 4 wheeler was derailed on that last post)
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To: hole_n_one

Now THAT’S funny.


35 posted on 11/18/2008 7:30:43 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: hole_n_one

damn you are good!!


36 posted on 11/18/2008 7:31:02 PM PST by bobby.223
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To: muawiyah

37 posted on 11/18/2008 7:31:07 PM PST by timestax ( CNNLIES)
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To: hole_n_one
I predict MCCAIN will win by landslide. (11/04/08)

Meant to bolster voter turnout. Rush must be surprised by his lack of influence at the ballot box. He needed a McCain win to avoid facing the "fairness doctrine" threatening his empire.

Will he lead a march? no. Will he ever step out from behind the mic? no.

It's all about holding on to EIB 1. Note, his trying to get everyone fired up about the FD since the election.

38 posted on 11/18/2008 7:32:31 PM PST by Eddie01 (Telling it like it is since "Revolver" was released)
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To: FastCoyote

The RINOs are not necessarily the problem here. Discipline is. The Dems keep there people in line, the Republicans don’t.

Old proverb - The fish rots from the head down. The lack of leadership, from the White House down, has been a huge reason why the discipline has broken down.


39 posted on 11/18/2008 7:35:20 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Obama/Biden...change you can laugh at!)
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To: JoeThePainter

I don’t remember him predicting a McCain landslide.

I remember him saying, his gut told him it was all about turnout.

Well, the base didn’t turn out, and we lost.

The prediction he recently made that I remember, was that two years ago he said the war in Iraq would not determine the election, it would be the economy. This was when the press could talk about nothing else than the “quagmire” in Iraq.

Of course he’s not always right, but I think he has a better record than most.


40 posted on 11/18/2008 7:44:14 PM PST by I still care (A Republic - if you can keep it. - Ben Franklin)
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To: JoeThePainter

what a pack of lies your peddling.
rush never predicted a landslide .
savage is a nut job who needs a net not a radio show.


41 posted on 11/18/2008 7:50:55 PM PST by ncalburt (Read all about)
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To: mrmargaritaville

Hagel’s a small petulant man, he’s trying to deflect his own failures onto a talk radio host.


42 posted on 11/18/2008 7:50:55 PM PST by tpanther (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Edmund Burke)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

I don’t like the term RINO being overused but this guy is the posterchild of RINOS.


43 posted on 11/18/2008 7:55:44 PM PST by willk
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To: Soul Seeker

If the Republican Party gave itself an enema to cleanse the riff raff, so to speak, they would put the hose in Hagel first.


44 posted on 11/18/2008 8:00:48 PM PST by LachlanMinnesota
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To: JoeThePainter

“A few months before the election he was predicting a Mccain landslide.”

After the RNC convention I too thought McCain would win in a landslide. We had momentum until “the economy panic”.

“I’ll stick to Savage Nation and others.”

I sometimes wonder if Michael Savage is the Manchurian Talk Show host. He hurts the conservative cause.


45 posted on 11/18/2008 8:03:23 PM PST by willk
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To: LachlanMinnesota

Hagel had a lot going for him. If he had been just a “maverick” and not a total traitor, he could have been the GOP nominee this year and just maybe could have won the presidency. Instead he wanted to be a warmed over Democrat.

As far as Rush having no answers, Hagel could not be more wrong. If anything Rush is about the only guy around who expresses and articulates a clear conservative vision better than anyone holding an elective office.


46 posted on 11/18/2008 8:06:33 PM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: JoeThePainter

Joe,

You forgot the script. You’re supposed to type —

‘I’ve always been a Republican’

before you type

“Rush has been a very BIG disappointment for several years now.”

Now go away you toadie troll.


47 posted on 11/18/2008 8:10:26 PM PST by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: hole_n_one
hehehehehehehehehe.


48 posted on 11/18/2008 8:13:28 PM PST by vox_freedom (G K Chesterton: "If there were no God, there would be no atheists.")
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Hey Hagel. It’s not Rush’s job to fix your problems. It’s his job to point them out. Sucks to be you.


49 posted on 11/18/2008 8:18:05 PM PST by TNdandelion (This should be fun.)
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To: muawiyah
Why don't Limbaugh get off his butt and run for President when Obama's term is up?

After watching our inept, unqualified, and corrupt elected public officials and this leadership in the past 8 years, clearly he is qualified, along with most other Americans.

Of course, no doubt someone like Limbaugh would spook the leftist elite running the Republican party.

50 posted on 11/18/2008 8:21:14 PM PST by dragnet2
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