While out selling books Nebraska’s senior Senator, Chuck Hagel, took to bashing the President, as is his m.o., but this time threw out this little gem:
The problems facing America today are “far deeper and wider and worse than what FDR faced.”
Yes that’s right, back in the 30’s and 40’s FDR may have had to deal with Hitler and Fascism and the extermination of the Jews, and the rise of Japan and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the Depression and rationing and engaging in a world war.
But that’s nothing compared to today.
You know, the today where we drive SUVs to the gourmet coffee shop while buying computers on the internet via our mobile phones.
We’re reminded of The Simpsons episode where Bart took over the camp and reporter Kent Brockman said,
“I’ve been to Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and I can say, without hyperbole, that this is a million times worse than all of them put together.”
Oh, and remember the Hagel quote from a a few days ago where he said, “I don’t intend to be and don’t expect to be on any ballot this year“?
He said he could not rule out the possibility of being Barry Obama’s vice-presidential nominee, the same as “any responsible citizen who cares about his country.”
Yes, that’s right. We’re psychic.
As reported in the OWH a few days ago, an extensive survey was done by the Hal Daub for Mayor 2009 Exploratory Committee.
We had learned a few weeks ago that polling was being done by a firm asking questions related to the Omaha Mayor’s office. And we remembered as well that Daub had done an extensive benchmark poll soon after he got in the Senate race back in November 2007.
There has also been some talk, unconfirmed, that Daub has been sharing his poll results with other candidates, possibly with the hope of keeping them out of the race. Of course Daub is familiar with this strategy as it was one used to get him and others out of the Senate race last fall. Of course, whether or not that “phantom poll” was accurate, the reality of the cleared out GOP primary became evident.
We’ve also heard rumors of Daub filling out his campaign staff and particularly looking at a high-profile campaign manager — possibly one who has been successful in recent elections. We would add that there has been no confirmation on this, but it does show Daub will be going full-bore into this race. As he said after dropping out of the Senate race, “I don’t want to make another concession speech.”
Scott Kleeb actually took a position on something. The other day he expressed his support of the Lieberman-Warner climate change bill and the recent energy bill. Of course it’s been pointed out that that passage of those bills would lead to higher gas prices, higher utility bills, and higher taxes. And even Democrat Ben Nelson said he was considering voting for an alternative to Warner-Lieberman.