Leavenworth Street asked you to give your predictions on when U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel will announce his decision, and many of you chimed in. “Hagel Predicting” has become something of a Washington parlor game as well. One DC insider, Steve Clemons of the Washington Note blog said:
The word is slowly leaking out that not only is Chuck Hagel not going to run for President — but he’s not going to run for the Senate again in 2008.
I’m not sure this is the final word, but Hagel is getting ready to make an announcement either this next Saturday or the one following — and all indicators are that he is going to depart an institution that very much still needs his conscience and sensibilities.
Well, unless Hagel wants that story buried under the headlines of either the Wake Forest or USC game, we think it will come mid-week, next week. The Senate isn’t in session, and this would be a prime time for Chuck to come to Nebraska and let us know what he has come up with after six months of pondering.
And as others have ventured, don’t be surprised if he talks about his Senate plans, but leaves the door open in case anything else should open up (Bloomberg!…cough…Bloomberg!).
Now a quick follow-up on the man who would love to have Nebraskans send him from New York City to Washington, D.C., Cosmic Bob Kerrey. When we last left Kerrey, he was complaining that his good bud, Chinese Ponzi schemer and general fraud artist Norman Hsu, was getting a bad break.
If you recall, Kerrey had recruited Mr. Hsu to be on the Board of Trustees at Kerrey’s New School in New York City. According to the L.A. Times, Kerrey had personally recruited Hsu to be on the New School’s board:
“He had a very interesting background,” Kerrey said. “I was intrigued by the story of him coming from China to [attend UC Berkeley]. He went to Wharton.”
Kerrey said the university did not do background checks on prospective board members. Hsu gave thousands of dollars to the school in recent years.
Kerrey said he never inquired about the source of Hsu’s wealth. “My presumption is that he’s rich,” he said.
So Kerrey’s knowledge of the guy is: has a college degree and money falling out of his pockets. Sign him up!
But now Hsu is on the run, failed to appear in court, jumped from a two million dollar bail bond. And what does Rockin’ Bob have to say?
“I don’t know what is going on in his mind,” Mr. Kerrey said. “I thought that I knew him, but obviously I didn’t.” (Clinton donor fails to appear in court again – NYT –
He thought he knew him, yet had no idea how he came into his fortune? Why do we have a feeling this story isn’t over?