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Friday, August 19, 2005

Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel, (R) of Nebraska? Meet your fellow Republicans!

The story:

Reuters In U.S. heartland, anxiety over Iraq, oil

Excerpts:
BROKEN BOW, Nebraska (Reuters) - In the solidly Republican state of Nebraska, voters are expressing deep anxiety about rising gasoline prices and the war in
Iraq, a possible early warning sign for President George W. Bush in one of his most reliable strongholds.

When Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel traveled around his home state this week, citizens at every stop brought up Iraq policy and the inexorable rise in fuel prices.

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Hagel, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2008, responded that gasoline prices were likely to stay high for the foreseeable future because of rising world demand and the U.S. failure to develop new energy sources and conserve.

Earlier the same day in Lincoln, an elderly woman asked about Iraq. "Why are we there in the first place?" she asked.

On Tuesday in the central Nebraska town of Lexington, after a meeting with law enforcement officials on drug problems, three sheriffs expressed serious doubts about what the United States was doing in Iraq and whether it could succeed.

Hagel, a Vietnam veteran, acknowledged the U.S. military presence was becoming harder and harder to justify. He believes Iraq faces a serious danger of civil war that would threaten Middle East stability, and said there is little Washington can do to avert this.

"We are seen as occupiers, we are targets. We have got to get out. I don't think we can sustain our current policy, nor do I think we should," he said at one stop.
Which brings us to the CONSERVATIVE reaction to Hagel's new stance via the Yahoo Message Boards.
gfg10: Hagel Traded Bible for Koran! He just wants cheap oil? Appeasing terrorists will be a small price for him- for a short while.

not_a_clu_aclu: I LIVE IN THE HEARTLAND...No 'Anxiety' here. Why does Yahoo print this shit?
Most of the Yahoo posts are from "libwads," though, celebrating Hagel's turn from the Bushies.

Having said that...get ready for some bitchin' anti-Hagel rants from the Right, courtesy of Rush, O'Reilly, Hannity, et al.

Should be fun.

I'll post some of those comments tomorrow.

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Great Krugman peice today in the NY Times:

What They Did Last Fall

The Professor reviews a new book from the UK ("Steal This Vote") which covers recent election shenanigans in the States.

Cliff Notes version of the book? Election fraud is the "American way."

And...Gore won in 2000.

And...Kerry probably won in 2004, but what can you do?

Enter Krugman:
We aren't going to rerun the last three elections. But what about the future?

Our current political leaders would suffer greatly if either house of Congress changed hands in 2006, or if the presidency changed hands in 2008. The lids would come off all the simmering scandals, from the selling of the Iraq war to profiteering by politically connected companies. The Republicans will be strongly tempted to make sure that they win those elections by any means necessary. And everything we've seen suggests that they will give in to that temptation.
More later.

Too much coffee. Can't think straight.

Must eat eggs...

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