Hagel Not Running — Yet

I am sure you were all on pins and needles waiting to hear whether or not Chuck Hagel is running for President. He made a statement today:

Senator Chuck Hagel, a Nebraska Republican and outspoken critic of the Iraq war, said he will wait until later this year to decide whether he will run for president during a speech at his alma mater Monday in Omaha, Neb.

“I want to keep my focus on helping find a responsible way out of this tragedy,” Hagel said of the Iraq war.

I would frankly be more shocked if he were running. Bull Dog Pundit has my favorite take on it:

Well, the republic is doomed. Why do I say that? Because Chuck Hagel – the only man who could save this country from itself, and without whom we are surely doomed, has said he’s not running for President….yet.

And of course, given the importance to the nation of this man who was our last best hope of rising from the ashes of our despair – he had to hold a press conference to keep us in suspense.

Some would say he’s so arrogant and pompous that he just likes to hear the sound of his own voice. Some even call him a “meglomaniac.”

And you may think that the words like those used by Hagel today, are trite and full of sound and fury signifying nothing….But I know better.

You see because unlike many of you I know that Chuck Hagel is so important, and so very necessary to have as President for we Americans to go back to the happier times we shared in this once-great country of ours – only a press conference would do.

Surely you people don’t think something this important can be handled by a press release or by some lackey (but could anyone Chuck Hagel would send out really be a “lackey”, I would prefer to think of him or her as “The Chosen One”), do you?

I mean, the man is basically telling us that unless we as a nation have a change of heart, we’re going to be doomed and out on our own. Why? Because he’s Chuck Hagel damn it and only he is entitled to tell us that we are on a path to destruction without him.Bull Dog has much more on Hagel’s announcement.

Update: Mary Katharine Ham covers the HuffPo angle, and she has a pretty cool headline.

Ted Koppel's Shocking Statements on Iraq and the War on Terror
"Dishonorable friends and honorable enemies"