Thursday, July 07, 2005

Hagel: "Democrats are Better", More Honest

by Kyle Michaelis
With all the bombs bursting in the air, I somehow missed this interview from the Sunday New York Times with Sen. Chuck Hagel. It contains some of the boldest, most honest talk we've heard from a Republican in Congress since 1994. I almost don't care if he's just doing it for press attention....every politician in Congress should be more willing to ruffle some feathers and speak their mind, especially when that means bucking the party line - be they Democrat or Republican.

Here's some particularly candid and refreshing excerpts from the interview:
On challenging the President on Iraq:

If someone says I am a disloyal Republican because I am not supporting my party, let them say it. War is bigger than politics.

On Iraqi War's similarities to Vietnam:

Congress was absent during the Vietnam War, and they didn't ask the tough questions, and consequently we lost 58,000 Americans and lost a war and humiliated this nation. It took a generation to get over it. As long as I am here as a U.S. senator, I am going to do whatever I can to make sure that isn't going to happen.

On the constant speculation about his running for President:

There's a dynamic to politics that has lately been overtaken by show business. Politics is show business. It's just show business for the ugly. It's Hollywood without all the beautiful people.

On the current $400 billion annual deficit with a Republican-controlled White House and Congress:

In terms of the deficit, we have blown the top right off. We're a bunch of Democrats...(but) we're less honest about it. We built the biggest government history has ever seen under a Republican government. The Democrats are better because they are honest about it. They don't pretend. I admire that. They'll say: ''We want more money. We need more money.''

My God, a Republican who actually recognizes and talks about the Republican Party's daily betrayal of every principle it claims to uphold. Thank you, Sen. Hagel.

It's about time someone mentions the true choice that lies before the American people between "Tax & Spend" Democrats and "SPEND & SPEND" Republicans, who should honestly change the nickname of their party from the GOP to the IOU.

America needs politicians who stick to and speak openly about their ideals - whatever they be - and needs a whole lot less hypocrisy from its ruling party. Since the Democrats can't make the case for themselves while the press cowers and refuses to challenge those in power, it pains me to admit that the future of this country may very well rest in the hands of Republicans of conscience willing to put country first.

For today, at least, it seems our fate rests with people like Chuck Hagel.


Anonymous finch said...

talk like that won't endear senator hagel with the american taliban.
i was actually on the phone with his office the day saddam's deadline ran out. it was obvious (at least to me) that they weren't on board with going in. the problem i have with senator hagel is that he never came out against it before we went in. publically he was very sceptical, but imagine if he had come out as a real opponent of the war. stating, without qualification, "this is a really bad idea, and we shouldn't be doing it." i certainly don't put all of the blame on senator hagel. politically, he probably put himself out there as far as he could. however, he said it in that article, (paraphrasing) "this is bigger than politics".
if this passes for statesmanship, i'll take it. but i am less interested in what they say, i'm more interested in what they do.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with you that hagel is a breath of fresh air if only he weren't such a damn media whore. to think what kerry endured in regards to his so-called flip flopping. i can see the primary ads with hagel's clips from meet the press. no way he gets through a gop primary.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hagel can get through a GOP primary if it becomes a regional race and McCain does not run; and if the alternative is Bill Frist.

If things continue to go the way they are in spite of the democratization efforts...Republicans will begin to see Hagel in the same way Democrats in the late 1960s saw RFK.


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