Chuck Hagel's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Weekby Kyle Michaelis
While kissing Hagel's ring with obligatory promises not to challenge Hagel if he runs for reelection, Bruning's announcement of an exploratory committee for a Senate campaign was a definite shove - attempting to push Hagel into making a decision and to position Bruning as the frontrunner of those waiting in the wings. Bruning also made clear that he won't necessarily let Hagel control the clock if he waits too long before making up his mind.
The Lincoln Journal-Star reports:
Bruning acknowledged he might have reservations about stepping aside at the last moment if Hagel waits until his filing deadline next Feb. 15.
One course available to Hagel is to pursue the GOP presidential nomination and still have the option of meeting the Senate filing deadline if he does not fare well in a front-loaded series of presidential caucuses and primaries that peak on Feb. 5.
Would Bruning still stay out if Hagel waited that long?
“I don’t know if I can answer that,” the attorney general said. But, he said, he’s sure Hagel will make his decision about a Senate race well before that.
That, my friends, is called chomping at the bit.
Meanwhile, the fun continues at Chuck Hagel's expense at Hotline. First, they compiled some of the choicest quotes responding to Hagel's non-announcement:
FNC's Hume: "It takes a courageous man to decide he's undecided" ("Special Report," 3/12).
MSNBC's Carlson: "Hagel looks like he just went bankrupt and just woke up at the same time" ("Tucker," 3/12).
Washington Post's Milbank: "This is the political equivalent of Geraldo opening Al Capone's vault" ("Countdown," MSNBC, 3/12).
CNN's Bash: "It was the political version of kicking the can" ("Situation Room," 3/12).
Then, even more fun, Hotline sent out an e-mail sharing the proposals they'd received for new definitions of the term "pulling a Hagel" - an insult that has apparently been all the rage with Capitol Hill Republicans:
We asked you to define "Hagel." You said:Those are pretty damn priceless. I can't completely explain it, but - personally - I think the "corn waffles" (#10) do the best job of capturing what Chuck Hagel is really all about.
(1)to cause a hoopla that deserves neither "hoops" nor "las";
(2)to negotiate with one's own ego or to "haggle" internally;
(3)to heavily arouse then abandon ("I had a date last night, but she Hageled");
(4)to sustain life on weekend show green room food;
(5)to downward spiral into insignificance, like a toilet flush ("That giant sucking sound? That's Hageling");
(6)to light a firecracker with no gun powder;
(7)to know everything about everything, but not tell anyone anything;
(8)"in Danish Hagl means small balls of ice falling from the clouds";
(9)to turn from media darling to media punching bag so fast Alberto Gonzales is saying, "Glad I'm not him";
(10)to invite people to your home for a feast and then serve only corn waffles;
(11)to submit NCAA brackets anonymously to avoid publicly deciding;
(12)when an individual with a speech impediment says "hey girl";
(13)to simultaneously be deleted from Russert and Broder's speed dials; and
(14)"I'm writing today to announce my family and I will make a decision on what Hagel means later this year."
If any clever NNN readers want to take their own crack at defining "Hagel", this is the place. Shoot me an e-mail or submit a comment, and I'll happily post the best of them on our frontpage.