Chuck Hagel is still against the war in Iraq and he is still speaking out against President Bush. What might actually be new though is that he is coming pretty close to saying the president should be impeached over Iraq.
Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a frequent critic of the war, stopped short of calling for Bush’s impeachment. But he made clear that some lawmakers viewed that as an option should Bush choose to push ahead despite public sentiment against the war.
“Any president who says, I don’t care, or I will not respond to what the people of this country are saying about Iraq or anything else, or I don’t care what the Congress does, I am going to proceed — if a president really believes that, then there are — what I was pointing out, there are ways to deal with that,” said Hagel, who is considering a 2008 presidential run.Is Hagel actually considering a presidential run? Or is he just considering the consideration of a presidential run? Okay, now that I got that out of my system, here is something that I don’t ever hear anyone discuss. All these Democrats who say Bush was wrong to ever go into Iraq in the first place, never mention that at that time public opinion was in favor of going into Iraq. Those saying the president is wrong to go against public opinion now, seem to think it would have been fine for him to have gone against public opinion in 2003. For the record, I don’t think he is going against public opinion now. Polls have shown that even those who doubt the surge will work, hope that it does. At least they do if they are not Democrat politicians invested in defeat. Just because Democrats were elected to the majority in November does not mean the public supports everything they propose. In fact, their poll numbers are slipping close to GOP November levels. That is the big problem with trying, as Bill Clinton did, to govern by opinion poll. Public opinion is not only fallible, but it is not always shaped by the most reliable or accurate information.
Update: David Limbaugh points out the ignorance displayed in Hagel’s reckless rhetoric.
(This is cross-posted at Right Wing News where I am guest blogging today.)