"Chuck Hagel says GOP is not “presenting any alternatives, any new options or any new thinking”"
David Stockman recently explained “How my Republican Party destroyed the American economy.” So you’ll be delighted to know that the party has no new thinking at all on what to do now, as TP reports in this cross-post.call 1800
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), the chairman of the Atlantic Council, recently sat down for an interview with the Washington Diplomat. In the interview, the former senator touched on a variety of topics, including what he feels is the need for the United States to “unwind” from the war in Afghanistan.
Towards the end of the interview, Hagel says that while he has “no plans to renounce his membership in the party,” he finds that the Republican Party of which he is a part is not “presenting any new alternatives, any new options, or any new thinking“:
“I don’t see them presenting any alternatives, any new options or any new thinking,” Hagel said. “If the Republicans get back in power, what are they going to do? There is no articulation. It’s just a ‘no no no, I’m against Obama because he’s a socialist and he’s taking America in the wrong direction.’ That’s certainly an opinion, but what about you, Mr. Republican? What would you do?”
In fact, leading Republicans like Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, and Peter King have proudly embraced the “no, no, no” agenda. Hagel told the interviewer that he remains confident that his party will once again rebuild itself. “The Republican Party will find a new center of gravity,” he said. “I think they’ll let this nonsense play out. It’s like a bad storm “” it just has to go through.”
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- The American Enterprise Institute says conservatism isn’t dead but “maybe just brain dead”
- Sen. Bennett: “I find plenty of slogans on the Republican side, but not very many ideas.”
- Honey, I shrunk the GOP, Part 5: So much for the American Enterprise Institute being a “think” tank
- Washington Post headline says it all: “GOP lawmakers optimistic about ‘no’ votes”