There’s some very interesting meat in this short 3 minute interview. Please watch one of the Republican’s most independent thinkers. As Sun Tzu said so many centuries ago: “First, know your enemy”
Chuck is the best option the GOP has and I would love it if he bolted. Then again, a three way race could be a BIG problem. The GOP base would go with one of their fundamentalist pretenders while the disaffected GOP and Independents would be up for grabs in a race between Hagel
and the Dem candidate.
The recent history of independents has been poor. Hagel is not alone in thinking the current political climate is anybody’s guess. I think it could swing either way – good or bad for the Dems.
I think a deeper analysis of the entire situation is in order.
Democrats at this point seem to think the ‘win’ is in the bag. I don’t think so. I think the quality of the nominee to withstand attacks from many quarters while projecting an Authentic Intelligent Self is absolutely necessary.
Fred Thompson is another that gives me some unhappy thoughts. Hagel is #1 and the Republican Establishment ought to be recruiting the hell out of him. His own leadership, as of today, seems headed in his direction on Iraq.
Hagel or Thompson would be trouble as would,as you say, a truly viable Independent bid.
So many are fucused already on which candidate that I believe they aren’t thinking about what that candidate needs to WIN under any scenario.
I always come back to one thing:
The Prime Directive: First, You Get Elected!
There are those who feel that the Perot third party candidacy contributed greatly to the election of Bill Clinton. I would see Hagel pulling more of the Perot type voter than the Naderites.