For Chuck Hagel, a Third Party?
(a Dem running mate?)
By Mark Kilmer Posted in Archived — Comments (37) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
By reporting the suggestion that Hagel might run with a third party, I'm not dragging out that "giant sucking sound, pig in a poke, Larry" crowd. Or the PJBs. I'm talking about an outfit our media could embrace.
Good for him, I guess. From a Hagel celebration in today's WashPost:
[H]is standing among conservative party faithful who will determine the outcome of the Republican presidential nomination remains strikingly low because of the intensity of his attacks on Bush. But Hagel has gained a particular following within the antiwar community.
Make love, not war, maaaan. Truth to power.
According to the WashPost, Hagel has joked about running with New York's Republican-ish Mayor Mike Bloomberg. He's also talked about a Democratic running mate, which is where the Carter-Ford alums' Unity08 group comes in.
Names? He digs Obama, according to the WashPost, but he doubts they could team up, in the paper's words, "given the vast difference in their parties' principles." What principles, Chuck? I assume he's at least heard of such things.
Hotline on Call links a National Journal piece, which is understandable, that ranks the candidates from the Republican nomination. (Note to the bedazzled, they put Mitt at No. 2, behind McCain.) In it, they note that the last anti-war candidate to survive a GOP primary was named Romney. Former Michigan Governor George Romney, Dick Nixon's HUD secretary and Mitt's dad.
I still cannot picture Hagel, for all his faults, running with a Democrat. Who would he select who would accept the offer? How about Carl Levin? Maybe he could pick Olympia Snow, though I think she's still a Republican.
Chuck faces a lot of choices, but perhaps he's gearing up for his own reelection campaign next year in a State (Nebraska) which is said to be trending blue.