Chuck Hagel is getting a little buzz going in the liberal bloggersphere lately. From my friend skippy we find this in Esquire:
"The president says, 'I don't care.' He's not accountable anymore," Hagel says, measuring his words by the syllable and his syllables almost by the letter. "He's not accountable anymore, which isn't totally true. You can impeach him, and before this is over, you might see calls for his impeachment. I don't know. It depends how this goes."
The conversation beaches itself for a moment on that word -- impeachment -- spoken by a conservative Republican from a safe Senate seat in a reddish state. It's barely even whispered among the serious set in Washington, and it rings like a gong in the middle of the sentence, even though it flowed quite naturally out of the conversation he was having about how everybody had abandoned their responsibility to the country, and now there was a war going bad because of it.
"Congress abdicated its oversight responsibility," he says. "The press abdicated its responsibility, and the American people abdicated their responsibilities. Terror was on the minds of everyone, and nobody questioned anything, quite frankly."
Respectfully, sir, blow it out your ass.
There are many, many people, good patriotic Americans, who questioned every issue, every day.
People like me, like my blog friends Jane Hamsher, tbogg, skippy, digby, and many many others.
You, sir, just chose not to listen.
In re: Hagel's voting record, we find from the WaPo that from 2/14 through 3/7, when Republicans and Democrats disagreed, Hagel voted with the Republicans 7 to 3. The math is pretty easy to figure out.
So take him with a large pinch of salt. Maybe he's a classic Republicanm surely there are few around anymore.
But maybe he's weasling toward a Presidential run, and if that's the case, much more scrutiny need be applied.
Update: From Mickey in comments, in re: McCain:
Let them eat each other alive in the primaries.
As the kidz say.
Well, as the kidz usta say.