Sunday, August 26, 2007

Time To Call It a Career, Dave

David Broder has had a long, distinguished career, but for the sake of his own credibility, he needs to pack it in.

Last week, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg admitted he had no shot at ever being president and Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel polls at numbers Ron Paul laughs at.

So naturally, Broder sees a dream ticket here.

Bloomberg And Hagel For 2008?
Chuck Hagel, the senator from Nebraska, describes himself as a "tidal" politician, one who believes that larger forces in society shape careers more than the ambitions of individuals. "The only mistakes I've made," he told me last week, "were when I tried to go against the tide."

Today, that tide may be carrying him away from his Republican Party and toward a third-party or independent ticket with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg -- a development that could reshape the dynamics of the 2008 presidential race.

Next month, Hagel will make a threshold decision -- whether to run for a third term in the Senate. He gave me no definitive answer, but my guess is that he will say that 12 years of battling the institutional lethargy of Capitol Hill will be enough. Certainly he is under no illusions about how much he can achieve as one of 100 lawmakers.

On the contrary, while Washington is gridlocked in partisan battle between two equally spent parties, the country is moving rapidly, he thinks, to the conclusion that neither Republicans nor Democrats have the answers to the problems people see.

The war in Iraq is the prime example, a war on which Hagel was perhaps the first prominent Republican to break with the president. Credit problems that have shaken the mortgage markets and fed the decline in housing add to the sense of anxiety. And the abject failure of Washington to deal with the issue of illegal immigration is fueling further frustration.
Yes, but is Chuck Hagel the answer to any of this?


James Joyner also get a chuckle out of this absurdity.

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