Monday, May 14, 2007
Earth Revolves Around Sun, Hagel Announces
Gosh, Chuck, do ya think?
Senator Chuck Hagel, a Nebraska Republican, said Sunday that his party had "been hijacked by a group of single-minded, almost isolationist insulationists, power-projectors."
"I am not happy with the Republican Party today," Mr. Hagel said on "Face the Nation" on CBS. "It has drifted from the party of Eisenhower, of Goldwater, of Reagan, the party that I joined. It isn't the same party."
Senator Hagel, who said "a credible third-party candidate" for president would benefit the United States, said he planned to decide by late summer whether to run for president.
"I think it shakes the system up," he said of a third-party or independent candidacy. "The system needs to be shaken up."
"I think we're living today at the most unpredictable political time in modern history," Mr. Hagel said, adding that Americans needed "some new, fresh, independent ideas to lead this country forward."