What will become of Secretary of Defense – nominee Chuck Hagel? Beats us. If we were wagering on this with an on-the-side barber shop bookie, we’d bet the “over” — as in we bet he gets in. What’s the spread? Hard to tell.
But Hagel will first have to face the Senate Armed Services Committee — and looky-loo who is a new member! That would be Senator (U.S., this time) Deb Fischer!
Now let’s see, the last time we saw Chuck Hagel involved with Senator Fischer he was busy endorsing…her opponent for United States Senate. Idn’t that sumthin.
Of course, the CW at the time was that the endorsement was President Barack Obama’s way of making Hagel swallow a tablespoon of cinnamon to show that he is “one of us” — i.e. a Democrat.
We will see if this backfires on Hagel or not. Hagel was known in the Senate as having few tight friends — and having ditched one of his closest friends, Senator John McCain. Now he also faces a room full of unknowns as well.
Oh, and then there is his statement about people who are super-gay and very Jewish. On the former we chuckle that he now has to defend himself to the liberals he wants to woo. And on the latter, we chuckle at his defense in the LJS, about why anyone would question his super-duper support of Israel. ‘Cause, it’s not like he has gone out his way to knock Israel over the past couple of years, at least. Oh wait…
To us though, the biggest factors that Hagel should be questioned on are 1) his statements about negotiating with Iran and 2) his battle against the “surge” in Iraq — and how wrong he was on how it turned out.
Remember when Hagel called the surge “the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam”? Rep. Tom Cotton, an Iraqi War vet does. He does an interesting job of calling Hagel out on this point, and many others in an op-ed in the WSJ (sent to us by quite a few people).
Hagel’s statements about Iran? An interesting thing for a military chief to tell his (potential) opponents.
As we had stated years before, Hagel’s Senate career has been one leading him to be Secretary of ….State. He was on Foreign Relations. He has been big on international finance. On tanks and troops and aeroplanes? Not so much. And when Hagel did comment on those things, he just said that American “surging” troops were going to be “sent into the grinder” to be slaughtered by Iraqis. And he was wrong.
But hey, we’ll let others ask these questions.
Former Mayor Mike Fahey (yes, yungins, this is the guy the street is named after…) made the worst secret in Omaha politics official: He hates Jim Suttle.
Er…. we mean, he endorsed Brad Ashford for Mayor! Yes, yes, we know. From all of his Tweets, you assumed Ashford was running for President of his local Nike running club. But we assure you he wants to be Mayor of Omaha too.
We and many others have known about Fahey’s position for months, but we are still fascinated about how this will affect the primary. In theory, “independent” (Democrat? Republican? Who knows!) Ashford could have garnered votes from both sides. Now, in theory, he splits Democrats with Suttle. While Jean Stothert, Dan Welch and Dave Nabity split the GOP vote. Independents? Who knows?
But the overt Fahey involvement adds another layer of intrigue to a crowded primary.
Well, Jon Bruning has officially excluded himself from the 2014 Governor’s race.
We never had heard much of anything about him getting in, so we weren’t really surprised. But we still have the feeling that someone from Lincoln or Omaha could get in. And be successful.
Of course, as time wears on, supporters will feel the squeeze to pick sides, and if a candidate waits too long to get in, it could be trouble.
We have heard a few names bouncing around. Nothing certain.
Plenty of Republicans voting for Democrats in the Legislature.
Repercussions (from the NEGOP)?
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