QUESTION: If you had to pick any Republican member of Congress or Republican governor to be your running mate, who would it be?
SEN. JOE BIDEN: At the risk of hurting his reputation — and it will hurt him — but I would pick Chuck Hagel.
FORMER SEN. JOHN EDWARDS: Actually, I think Chuck Hagel is a good choice.
(And yes, that WHOOP! you heard came from the Jon Bruning HQ…)
Of course, we believe that the odds of a Democratic nominee picking a Republican at their convention is pretty much nil. (Can you imagine the riot that would ensue if Hagel got up to speak to every Dem activist, with his 90% support of President Bush, or whatever it is?)
While we could see him in a Dem administration (SecDef?), we think the only “Democrat” that he’d shack up with is Mike Bloomberg.
Speaking of Jon Bruning, the LJS reported on the various contributors on Bruning’s FEC report. (Big names among Bruning’s contributors – LJS – 7/24/07.)
Among the Nebraska high rollers were a few other high-profile names: Tom Osborne (we knew that), John Breslow, and Lancaster County GOP chair Mark Fahleson.
Now Fahleson apparently defends taking sides in this match by stating that he and Bruning “have been friends since college.”
Finally, we note that what one Leavenworth Street reader has dubbed Ben Nelson’s “Earmarkgate” seems to have some legs.
The OWH reported about Nelson’s earmarks for 21st Century Systems (which employ’s Nelson’s son Patrick) and Oklahoma’s Senator Tom Coburn’s attack on it. Coburn’s office also sent a press release (to Leavenworth Street) pointing out that 21CSI hadn’t filed a statement that federal money (by which 80% of their company is funded) is not used in lobbying the federal government.
Now national columnist Robert Novak (Shame of the Senate – Robert Novak- 7/23/07) and Fox News (Omaha company’s windfall, hiring of lawmaker’s son irks senator – Fox News – 7/24/07) are getting into the act as well, reporting on the controversy.
So will Nelson try to bring back this politically poisoned piece of pork? And would this sort of thing have happened to a Big Daddy Senator Robert Byrd earmark?