Thursday, September 18, 2008
Chuck Hagel throws a bomb - Pat McPherson
Once again, and certainly not unexpectedly, lame duck, wishy-washy Senator Chuck Hagel has thrown his bomb at the Republican Party that has supported and given him (mistakenly) credibility for the last 12 years. Yes, the senator couldn't resist the opportunity to tell the world that Sarah Palin isn't ready for the job of Vice President or President.
Well, let's be honest, she probably isn't ready to be the President. No one ever is. But then, how is Barack Obama any more ready for the top job? The senator didn't mention that.
Perhaps after being criticized for not having gone to Iraq and then subsequently going with none other than Hagel this summer, that has made Barack Obama an expert in foreign affairs?
What the senator should be saying is that John McCain is infinitely more qualified to deal with a threatening world than is Barack Obama. We are electing a president, not just a Vice President. And, certainly, Sarah Palin has more administrative experience, more leadership experience as a mayor and governor than a guy who was a 'community organizer' and has spent 143 active days in the U.S. Senate with no record of introducing and passing any bill of substance.
As to the age factor and fear that poor dumb Sarah might become President, the senator ought to consider McCain's very alert, very active 95 (his daughter says 98) year-0ld mom. If DNA has anything to do with it, chances are John Sidney McCain will be singing at Hagel and Obama's funerals.
Obviously, Senator Hagel has a problem. He wanted to be President, but couldn't make up his mind as evidenced by one of the most embarrassing press conferences in history where he told the national news corps that he had decided to announce that he had not decided. Isn't that the kind of leadership we need?
Failing in his never-started bid for President, Senator Hagel decided that he might like to be Secretary of Defense or Secretary of State, so he decided that maybe he'd walk the line on whom he would support for the presidency. After all, if he sucked up to Barack Obama maybe he could get one of those jobs given his unique decision-making ability (or lack there of). Thus, his mentoring trip to Iraq with Barack Obama and now his bomb-throwing at Sarah Palin.
Let's face it. Any smart businessman wouldn't hire someone that wouldn't be loyal to him and how could a president-elect consider Chuck Hagel, whose lack of loyalty to Bush is evidence of that? Bad news for Hagel, even Barack Obama, should our nation have to endure his presidency, is going to be smart enough to not hire him! Obviously, Hagel already understands that President McCain won't and hasn't fallen for his capricious, self-serving behavior. Given his comments about Palin, there will and should be no doubt about that.
Hagel's failure to appear at the Nebraska Republican Party Convention and the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis certainly wasn't a punishment for those who once supported him. IT WAS A FAVOR! There certainly would have been no proclamations or resolutions at the state level supporting his 12 years of service and if any had been introduced, they would have failed miserably assuming there might have been a second.
What's even more amazing is that he has demonstrated an absolute self-serving attitude by the abandonment of principles that he told his supporters he believed in. Like pro-life. Like conservative judicial appointments. Like support for gun-owners. His lack of support for the Republican ticket simply demonstrates that he apparently only mouthed those principles (after receiving much tutoring and help those issues in the early, indecisive days of his first campaign) in order to get elected in the first place since Barack Obama represents the very antithesis of those beliefs.
Obviously, the senator chose to enhance his lame-duck status by not going to the convention and going to South America in order to boaster his 'international credentials' for Barack Obama at the cost to the tax payers who will benefit nothing in the last glorious few days of his time in the U.S. Senate.
As a 'learned' Republican on international issues Senator Hagel could have offered to assist John McCain and Sarah Palin rather than throw his self-serving bombs in hope of an appointment to the Barack Obama administration. He didn't. That was no surprise given the Chuck Hagel we have come to know.