Sunday, January 28, 2007

CATO: "The Chuck Hagel Surge"

There's a post over at, the official blog of the CATO Institute regarding Chuck Hagel and a 2008 run.

Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel burst onto the national scene this week as the leading critic of President Bush’s “surge” plan for Iraq. After his widely reported speech at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, he’s become a hot topic in the blogosphere.

His possible presidential candidacy made the front page of the Washington Post today, and he got a love note from Peggy Noonan at (probably to be printed in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal). The Post says, “He is reviled by his party’s conservative base.”

Yes, right now the only thing conservatives know about him is his opposition to George W. Bush’s war plans, and conservatives are still inexplicably in thrall to the big-government Bush. But I’ll predict that over, say, the next 12 months leading up to the Iowa caucuses, Hagel is going to look increasingly wise and prescient to Republican voters. And as they come to discover that he’s a commonsense Midwestern conservative who opposed many of the Bush administration’s worst ideas, he’s going to look more attractive.

1 comment:

David S. Maquera, Esq. said...

Senator Hagel is the only candidate who can give the GOP a realistic chance of retaining the White House in 2008 and this Macomb County, Michigan conservative Republican is going to do everything he can to support Senator Hagel's candidacy for President.