Chuck Hagel's Cabinet Campaign

Carol Platt Liebau
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Posted: Nov 18, 2008 10:10 PM
In what seems like a fairly obvious bid to gain an Obama administration Cabinet post, Chuck Hagel today unloaded on Rush Limbaugh and other radio talk show hosts.

What he obviously doesn't understand is that such behavior does nothing to endear him to the Obama administration -- at least if the people making the staffing choices are smart.  Hagel's intemperance is markedly at odds with the "can't we all just get along" tone that President-elect Obama seems to want to set.

What's more, Hagel's reasoning is specious on its face.  He calls for more bipartisanship and results-oriented governing -- but declined to endorse his old friend, John McCain, who had actually behaved that way in office.  Instead, Hagel has continued to preen for McCain's erstwhile rival, who -- nothwisthanding all the pretty words -- has an actual record in office that is one of the most partisan in the Senate.