Saturday, March 24, 2007

Is Hagel a "Conservative Turned Liberal?"

Here's a comment I got via e-mail on my Michigan for Hagel blog from Mike earlier today:

I'm sure in the beginning Mr. Hagel was a nice man.

But come on, a candidate for REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT.

I see in many polls that Hagel hasn't even reached 1%, now boy that is funny. Sorry, but conservative, turned liberal won't make it with the middle class informed Americans.

OK - so in response to this I'd like to direct you to some statistics that Senator Hagel points out on his website:

Conservative Voting Records . . .

Senator Hagel has one of the most solid conservative voting records in the U.S. Senate. The following are his lifetime ratings from some important organizations:

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) 94% (1997 - 2006)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 96% (1997 - 2005)
American Conservative Union (ACU) 85.2% (1997 - 2006)
National Taxpayers Union 75% (1997 - 2005)
National Right to Life Committee 96.4% (2000 - 2006)
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) 100% (1999-2006)
Club for Growth 99% (2005)

Hagel's Support of President Bush's Priorities in the Senate

2006 95.5% (highest of GOP Members in Senate)
2005 89%
2004 94%
2003 98%
2002 98%
2001 96%

Source: Congressional Quarterly, January 2007

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At 7:55 AM, Blogger Joe Leonardi said...

I just sent an email to Senator Hagel asking him to run for President. I also included a link to my column

I plan to follow up with a phone call this week. As a former nominee for Congress I may be able to get directly through. Then again I lost so who knows...


At 10:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy means Conservative Turned Conservative. Hagel is the only one sticking to his guns. He is the only candidate with Conservative values and not neocon values.

At 5:42 PM, Blogger ericpaddon said...

If your defintion of "conservative" means a throwback to the days of the America First Committee, then sorry but that's not the conservatism of Ronald Reagan, it's the dopey isolationism that has defined the Democratic Party from George McGovern on (and George McGovern is the one politician Hagel is doing his best to emulate).

At 5:48 PM, Blogger ericpaddon said...

Oh and it looks as if Hagel, the great proponent of "Federalism" is in need of a remedial course in the Federalism and the separation of powers when he has the gall to call the President's proper use of a veto of something that can't get more than the tiniest of majorities (and which itself is a resolution that violates the separation of powers by making the Legislative Branch arbiters of a role that only the President as Commander in Chief can fulfill) as grounds for impeachment.

How amusing that this "conservative" wasn't so forceful with his rhetoric when the Democrats abused the filibuster to block judicial nominees.

At 5:37 AM, Anonymous Phillip Hubbell said...

So voting to surrender to the insurgents along with the socialist Bernie Sanders and the rest of the Democrats is defined here as Reagan Republicanism. I met Ronald Reagan back in 1976 when he was running in the primary against Gerald Ford. Listening to him then, reading his writings and looking back at his Presidency, I don't think he was the surrender type. Hagel is.


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