There are reasons why Barack Obama and Chuck Hagel
get along so well. They both sure talk real purty. But for all the very purty talk, well, it’s just talk, no action.
Hagel, a while back was thinking about running for president and possibly doing so on a third party line (if Bloomberg paid the bills). It was all talk.
Hagel, like Obama, is a big talker when it comes to Iraq. For instance, in early 2007 Hagel did the Obama three-card monte shuffle by voting against a resolution that Chuck Hagel had sponsored.
The Republicans, including Nebraska’s Chuck Hagel, this week blocked debate on a resolution that several of them had co-sponsored.
They reversed course Wednesday, when Hagel and six colleagues wrote the leaders of both parties vowing to use every tactic available to force a Senate debate of the president’s plan. [snip]
But a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., replied that Republicans had the chance to vote for their own resolution Monday – and only two did.
The rest voted against a formal debate, complaining that the Democratic majority was using arcane rules to block consideration of alternative resolutions.
“Hopefully this letter signifies that the others have had a change of heart and will be willing to vote for their own resolution in the future,” Reid spokesman Jim Manley said.
Politico, sensibly, is ignoring Chuck Hagel’s Donna Brazile style neutrality and declaring Hagel an Obama supporter.
First, he tags along with his colleague to offer a bi-partisan sheen to the codel.
And then he comes home and all but tells his other colleague and longtime friend to pipe down.
“Quit talking about, ‘Did the surge work or not work?’ or, ‘Did you vote for this or support this?'” Hagel told reporters yesterday upon returning from the trip. “Get out of that. We’re done with that. How are we going to project forward?
“What are we going to do for the next four years to protect the interest of America and our allies and restructure a new order in the world. … That’s what America needs to hear from these two candidates. And that’s where I am.”
I guess by not formally endorsing Obama just yet, he guarantees more media interest. But it’s pretty clear where he stands.
Chuck Hagel defended Obama’s snub of American troops.
On CBS’s Face The Nation Hagel objected to John McCain’s statement noting Obama’s snub of injured American troops as well as an advertisement about the issue which McCain has broadcast.
“I think John is treading on some very thin ground here when he impugns motives and when we start to get into, ‘You’re less patriotic than me. I’m more patriotic,'” Hagel said.
Hagel never objected to Obama or John Edwards (or his very own Republican Party) attacking Hillary on personal or “character” issues. But now the Nebraska Republican is imitating in full the Democratic? leadership by defending Obama from “character” attacks but not denouncing Obama’s own smears of opponents.
The McCain advertisement is thus far the first somewhat effective ad the hapless McCain has broadcast. Obama, and his campaign of smears, enjoys attacking the character of opponents but is very nervous about the public airing of Obama’s own character.
“It’s accurate, effective, and timely,” said Rick Wilson, a Republican consultant, of McCain’s ad. “It seriously speaks to the calculated nature of the trip and Obama’s own [calculating nature].”
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When Hagel Met Bagel
There once was a senator named Hagel
who went on a trip with a Bagel.
It was doughy and round, toasted light brown,
with a big empty hole for a navel
Said Bagel to Hagel
“I think I’m a fable”
“”And I’m really quite something to see”
“The crowds they adore me”
“My friends all pay for me”
“And a mirror I always carry with me.”
Said “Big Pink” to Hagel
“Look under the table!”
“If you want to see the truth, not the lie!”
“His wife she likes sable.”
“Friends stink like a stable.”
“and at slime he’s a master divine.”
“A Quayle is more able?”
Asked a perplexed Hagel,
“And McCain should be the guy?”
“The choice it is yours.”
Big Pink loudly roared
“Just don’t buy a pig in a poke.”
“The Bagel can’t be trusted.”
“Without Hillary we’re busted.”
“America, we’re counting on you.”