My Choice for Obama VP: Sen. Chuck Hagel

With Barack Obama and Gen. Petraeus over Iraq. Smokin’!

Hagel is the maverick John McCain wishes he could be

Is it me or is it hot near Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.)? For an old guy, he’s definitely got something going on. But personal magnetism aside, Hagel is a stand-up guy with a biography that includes Purple Heart service in Vietnam, business CEO, Washington lobbyist, Reagan appointee, radio show host, and book author. It appears he is even capable of having actually written parts of his book, unlike his senate colleague John McCain.

He’s from Nebraska, he’s married and the father of two teens, and have I mentioned, he’s kind of hot for a 62-year-old.

I know what you’re thinking. He’s a Republican. Yes, but Hagel came out against Iraq and stayed there. He’s the maverick John McCain wishes he could be. Visit YouTube to see him shred Joe Lieberman, Condoleezza Rice, Sean Hannity, and lots of other morons.

Hagel is articulate (for a white guy), has a sharp mind, and keeps his perspective. He doesn’t indulge in histrionics or hype. He’s a conservative without even the merest whiff of neocon.

And he’s got a little something something. I’d be perfectly happy if Obama picked him.

8 Comments

  • Sharon Ready4Revolution
    August 12, 2008 - 10:59 am | Permalink

    Hagel is hot and all and I have looked at him as a possible candidate. He and Obama get along and are on the same page on a lot of issues but there are drawbacks. The obvious drawback with Chuck, even though he’s fine, he is still a Republican and can tip the scale their way, he’s not pro choice and we certainly don’t want to piss off women folk about that…even though he cute and all.

  • Kyle
    August 12, 2008 - 11:42 am | Permalink

    You’re gone. Link erased from my home page.

  • August 12, 2008 - 12:24 pm | Permalink

    He’d have to change parties, which might be a deal killer on his part, and the anti-choice thing is a definite deal killer on Obama’s.

    Not as hot but how about Rep. Joe Sestak, a Democrat and retired admiral:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Sestak

    In 2006, he won the Pennsylvania seat of Curt Weldon, the GOP family values type who made news after his mistress called police because she said he was trying to strangle her.

    The worst criticism of Sestak on his Wikipedia page is that he works his staff too hard:

    Sestak has also “developed a reputation for being a temperamental and demanding boss” due to reports that thirteen staffers have quit his employment in 2007. Aides are purportedly expected to work seven days a week, including holidays, for 14 hours a day. Sestak justifies these hours, which are considered long even by the standards of Capitol Hill, by presuming to instill a military-minded “toughness” in his civilian staff.

  • August 12, 2008 - 9:06 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know. Even though you’re supposed to claim in job interviews that your worst fault is you’re a workaholic, that sounds kind of bad. Here’s what the AP said about the vetting process:

    “Known to the campaigns as ‘vetters,’ they are combing through the tax returns, campaign-finance reports, financial disclosure statements and other personal information of potential VP picks. They are sworn to secrecy as they search for a hidden time bomb that could derail a presidential campaign.

    “One goal: Determine ‘how the crazy, cynical left or right of the (political) spectrum is going to misuse the information…'”

    Sounds like somebody could get hold of a disgruntled staffer and slice away. I’ll stick with Chuck.

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  • August 13, 2008 - 7:46 am | Permalink

    If Obama picks Hagel, the homophobe Sam Nunn or any other conservative, I will vote for the Greens.

    Hagel has a 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign and an 11% rating from the NAACP, and a generally doctrinaire rightwing anti-civil rights record:

    * Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
    * Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
    * Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
    * Voted NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
    * Voted YES on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
    * Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
    * Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
    * Rated 11% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)

    In gay political circles, Obama is still viewed with some suspicion because he chose to feature an “ex-gay” minister at one of his first big rallies in South Carolina. Putting Hagel or Nunn — who fought against even the meager “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays in the military when he was chair of Senate Defense Committee — on the ticket would not reassure advocates of gay civil rights.

    Based on his record, Hagel would raise similar concerns among gays and their supporters as well as even among African-American voters.

    Hagel has also been tainted by election fraud in a dramatic way that has never been officially investigated:

    …He also served as a Chairman and was CEO of American Information Systems Inc. (AIS), a voting machine manufacturer, this same company electronically counted 80% of the votes in the state in the very same election that he had his stunning upset. He did not disclose his position as CEO of the company in his mandated disclosures until its name-change to Election Systems & Software (ES&S) in 1997. He had ownership interest in ES&S through its parent company The McCarthy Group as of January 29, 2003, when The Hill reported that, due to his ownership interest, “Hagel’s ethics filings pose disclosure issue”.

    But the real prohibitive issue for Hagel is the fact that he is a Republican. I can’t imagine the Democratic establishment endorsing a plan to put the GOP just a heartbeat away from the presidency. And, to be completely cynical, I can’t imagine Michelle allowing her husband to put his life in that kind of danger.

  • Rootkick
    August 16, 2008 - 6:37 am | Permalink

    “Hagel is articulate (for a white guy)” ? What kind of racist comment is that..?
    Proves what I’ve bees saying – blacks think they have a right to be racist.

  • August 16, 2008 - 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Rootkick – The problem with your theory in this case is that Trish is Caucasian. I can attest to this because we share genetic heritage. Besides. anyone has a right to racist. You have a perfect right to be stupid, if that’s what you choose to bees.

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