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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

What next for Chuck Hagel

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) is not running for reelection to his senate seat. Up until recent years, Hagel seemed like a reliable conservative. However, Hagel has frequently been at odds with the administration particularly on the war which Hagel seems to view primarily through Vietnam war lens'. This has led to speculation that Hagel may be Sen. Obama's VP pick. Additionally, Hagel has always been very friendly with Sen. McCain and seemingly has mimicked McCain's Sunday morning TV maverick routine. This chumminess made some think he could be a surprise pick as McCain's running mate. My own opinion is Hagel is probably unacceptable to be a standard bearer for either side. He is too conservative for the Dems and too much of a pompous jerk for the Republicans. Hagel alienates the same conservatives McCain is already somewhat at odds with and then some. Interestingly, the betting odds at have Obama (28/1) much more likely than McCain (50/1) to pick Hagel.



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