So here is what we wrote back in October of 2009 regarding Hagel (you can check all of our Hagel commentary by going to the 'label' listing on the bottom right of our blog and clicking 'Chuck Hagel'.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Maybe that was best. Had he been given an opportunity to talk he would have probably lectured the gathering on the wrongs of the G.O.P. or maybe even pre-empted the White House release of his health care statement. Had he been given an award, the sounds of silence would have been something to behold.
To be fair and honest, we'll include his statement below. We are inclined to wonder, however, why he thinks he should lecture congress when he's no longer a part of it (thankfully)? Perhaps, its because he could never have been re-elected last year......
“Right now in this country we have the best opportunity we’ve had in recent history to begin to create real health care reform that will expand coverage for those who don’t have it and lower costs for those who do. Access to affordable quality health care for all Americans should be our nation's goal. Families and businesses across our country are struggling every day under the health care status quo. We are a country that can do better, and our citizens deserve better. The Congress and the Administration are working on bipartisan, practical solutions to improve our health care system. I urge all Members of Congress to put aside their narrow partisan differences and seize this moment for health care reform. We will fail our country if we do not succeed. This can also be the beginning of entitlement reform. We know that our entitlement programs cannot be sustained unless we begin with health care reform.”