According to AnkleBitingPundits, that could be the case.
Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel is privately meeting with his top advisors and political contributors to discuss the prospects of an independent bid for the White House in 2008, a high level GOP source told me this morning.
According to the source, Hagel has already begun to posture himself as an independent, believing that by doing so he can tap into the perceived growing frustration voters feel toward both major political parties. Recent polls show widespread voter dissatisfaction with leaders of both the Republican and Democrat parties in Washington.
At issue is the concern among Hagel higher-ups that the Nebraska Senator will not be able to outshine Sen. John McCain in a GOP primary. Hagel and McCain are reported to be close friends and share a similar profile: both are Vietnam veterans and both enjoy reputations as ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œmavericksÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? in the Senate.
But McCain is an 800 lb gorilla; Hagel a mischievous lemur, at best.
Sure, a “lemur” in 2005, but what about 2008? All I have to say is he better start sooner rather than later.
Frankly, I don’t think Hagel has a chance, and this could actually help the Dem candidate in 2008. I’m sure McCain wouldn’t be too happy about this since he seems to be the leading contender.
Anyway, I’m taking a wait and see attitude on this one.