Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska has always been known as one of Washington's biggest moderates. He frequently reaches across the aisle and works with Democrats, and he even refused to endorse John McCain in this year's presidential race (his wife endorsed Barack Obama).
Now, after not running for reelection, he has only two months left of his Senate career. And he apparently intends to use it bashing his own party…
Appearing at a forum at the Johns Hopkins School of Advances International Studies, the outgoing Nebraska Republican leveled harsh criticism at his own party, the lack of intellectual curiosity among some of his colleagues, the Bush administration's handling of nearly every aspect of governance and — perhaps most bitingly — the conservative radio voices that often dictate the GOP agenda.
"We are educated by the great entertainers like Rush Limbaugh," said Hagel, sarcastically referencing the talk radio host who once called him "Senator Betrayus." "You know, I wish Rush Limbaugh and others like that would run for office. They have so much to contribute and so much leadership and they have an answer for everything. And they would be elected overwhelmingly," he offered. "[The truth is] they try to rip everyone down and make fools of everybody but they don't have any answers."
Hagel is free to speak as he likes — he has nothing to gain or lose as he rides off into the sunset of retirement. I bet he can't wait to go back to Nebraska and live out the rest of his days in total obscurity.
Unless… What's that, Mr. Obama? Did you say that you're looking for some Republicans to serve in your Cabinet?
Well, I guess Chuck Hagel could maybe be persuaded to stay…
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