Over at Townhall, Patrick Ruffini interviews our Attorney General John Bruning on why he's challenging the still undeclared for anything Chuck Hagel. I like what I hear from John on his rationale for running.
Bruning: "In 2004, we had to listen to John Kerry in the debates quoting Hagel to our President. It was painful for Nebraskans, and more and more he was breaking with the President, and more and more he was doing it in a way that was an attempt to embarrass the President and the Republican Party. In March of this year, he votes with the Democrats on the strict timeline for troop withdrawal, and he talks about the impeachment of the President, and I just had had it, and thought, "You know what, I'm in a position to do something about this." Conservatives need a voice. And so ultimately in early April I decided I was going to run......I don't take this lightly. I don't like the idea of a primary fight. But I'm not the one that left the Republican Party. I'm right where I was at the beginning of this thing. Hagel is the one who has turned hard left. And not just on the big issues. He voted with the Democrats on Iraq, which is just very frustrating. He's voting with a mixed coalition that includes the President on immigration, which I think is a very bad bill. But even though I disagree with the President, I'm not going to call for his impeachment on that. I think it's a bad bill. If I was in the Senate I would go down the street and say "Mr. President, I disagree with this bill, and I can't support it." But I wouldn't demagogue the issue, and it's kind of embarrassing when someone talks of impeachment. And he voted for this silly resolution of no confidence against Attorney General Gonzales. Hagel is just gone, in terms of everything. You'll find that even on the little votes now, Hagel will stick it to his own party. That kind of disloyalty doesn't go unnoticed. The other Republican Senators are very frustrated with him. "
No to mention the voters that elected his sorry butt to Washington DC to represent our interests, like me. Bruning goes on to say that we need to give General Petraeus time in Iraq, that he wants to secure the border first, and that he's fifth generation Nebraskan. He's also pro Second Amendment, pro-life, anti-tax, for smaller government, and has, as he puts it, "zero maverick moments" - you know where he stands on things. He also point out the circumstances of Hagel's election, moving in from Virginia, that still makes my skin crawl a bit.
As of right now, Bruning's polling shows him doing well against Hagel, should Chuck ever make up his mind about his future. All I can say is that there is no way in HADES that I would ever vote for Hagel for any other office. No way, no how, ever.